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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fantastic Opportunity at MIT for Individuals with Disabilities to Help Design Their Own Custom Assitive Technologies!

From Mass. Institute of Technology

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) 
Some important details for potential clients:
  • 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. 
Clickable Web Links
  1. http://courses.csail.mit.edu/PPAT/fall2014/index.h...
  2. http://courses.csail.mit.edu/PPAT/fall2011/handout...

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