Project is funded by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Gulbenkian Grant no. 65538. Project started in Sep/2004.
The main purpose of this project is to create and investigate information and communication technologies (ICTs) for helping special needed people, with a particular emphasis on people with cerebral paralysis.
People with disabilities need tools, including specialized hardware and software, to help them to overcome the physical limitations of their own bodies. In this project we will explore new ICTs to improve the daily life of people with disabilities and to better integrate them in society.
We will try to use a constructionist approach along the lines suggested by the pioneering work done by Seymour Papert with the Logo Programming Language (Papert 1993; Papert 1996). We believe that the constructionist theories of education can be used to help to develop the skills of special needed people.