In 2010 RESPECT and the Daughters of Charity Service established the Daughters of Charity Technology, Research into Disability known as DOCTRID Research Institute. Today, the DOCTRID Research Institute is an international multi-sectoral network, formed by: Dublin City University, Michigan State University, National University of Ireland-Galway, National University of Ireland-Maynooth, Queen’s University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, University of Massachusetts Medical School, University of Ulster, Athlone Institute of Technology, Designability-Bath Institute of Medical Engineering, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology- Tralee, King’s College London, National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Tyndall National Institute.
One of the major projects being coordinated by the DOCTRID Research Institute is the ASSISTID EU programme which researches the role assistive technology can play in improving the lives of those with intellectual disability and autism. ASSISTID is the first and largest programme of its kind in Europe and will train experienced researchers in the skills necessary to make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual disability and autism through improved communication, social inclusion and education. Early collaborations are already showing great potential.
ASSISTID is an EU Marie Curie research and training programme funding postdoctoral researchers who are examining how technology can support people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism in education, employment, community participation and independent living. It is cofunded by the EU and the charity RESPECT.