August 25, 2014
"Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology" is an assistive technology design class at MIT that has run since 2011.
We are looking for 10-15 individuals with disabilities who may be interested in working with MIT engineering students as project clients, to create a piece of assistive technology that will improve their quality of life. Some project examples can be found on the class website.
Clients should preferably be:
- willing to educate students about their life and challenges related to living with a disability
- adventurous/willing to try new things
- available to meet with students
- local (1h away from Cambridge by T)
- The first client-student meeting will be the week of Sept 22, 2014.
- The last client-student meeting will be the week of Nov 24, 2014.
- A team of 2-3 students would likely meet with clients about once a week for 1-2 hours
- Students are responsible to coordinate a time to meet with clients.
- Here is an agreement that details the expectations of both students and clients. This would be signed at the first student-client meeting, if everyone is amenable to it.
- Students usually have mechanical or computer engineering backgrounds.
- Students have formal labs, lectures and mentoring sessions, outside of client meetings.
- Although it is rare, there is a possibly that some clients will not be matched with any students. If this happened, clients would be notified by Sept 15, 2014.