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EDUCAT (Empowerment of Disabled people through the User Coproduction of Assistive Technology) is an European funded project to develop and deliver adaptive, open and modular technology to promote independence and improve quality of life for people with motor impairment and neurological disorders.
The project aims to promote a user-centred assistive technology design using co-design methods involving service users, engineers, clinicians, researchers, user-support networks and companies. A key element of the project is to incorporate monitoring of equipment usage patterns. It is anticipated that analysis of this data will provide diagnostic information on user condition and changes in that condition. The development is supported by clinical trials throughout the project. The benifits are savings in cost and time in developing technology and therefore a higher satisfaction with end-users.
The project is a cooperation between Belgian, French and British partners and is supported by the Interreg 2 Seas Programme 2014-2020 and the province of East-Flanders.