"GET USED TO", a Web-based Interactive Multimedia Application to support Independent Living at home as well as the use of ICT, for youth and adults with Intellectual Disabilities
"Habitúate" ("Get used to" in the English version) is a web-based interactive multimedia application that is purposely designed to assist youth and adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) to gain independent living. Security and order related issues are trained. The programme meets accessibility standards (WCAG) and is very flexible, adaptable and motivating. Activities can be done in any computer with internet access in a classroom, at home, etc. Thanks to a database, teachers and parents can track the student performance
We believe that this application can be considered as a first step for people with ID entering the e-learning, which is a widespread type of education among other groups of people such as developmental disabled people, older people, etc, but so far not adapted to the abilities of young and adults with ID.
Regardless of the applications working with Virtual Reality (much more expensive, less accessible due to a greater demand of technological resources and a greater complexity of design and use, and more limited in the number of users per session), "Habitúate" is maybe the only interactive multimedia application that works with realistic iconography (not drawings) and therefore completely aimed to adults and young people with ID, who moreover often complain, rightly we think, about that child connotation that the few multimedia applications at their disposal for training in any field have.
...Over the last few years, the use of ICT has become an essential part of our lives. We use ICT at work, in our everyday life, for our entertainment, etc. For all of those groups of the society that are not involved in this vertiginous development and use of new technologies, the term "digital divide" is applied. Perhaps the group of youth and adult with ID is one of those groups in which the "digital divide" is wider and worrying due to several reasons. If we add additionally a new conceptualization of ID which actively promotes inclusion and active participation, also in decision-making, of these people with ID, we can easily realize that training all this skills by using ICT is urgently needed. As a further step to address these demands, we designed the "Get Used To" application and then, we placed it on internet. So, although we are aware of its better performance if used under the supervision of a teacher or educator, the programme can be used from any location: at school, in the vocational training centre, at home or anywhere with internet Access.
It aims to support this group of people to train and maintain those abilities needed to live independently at home in a safe and organized way.
The application is structured from an interactive video showing a real house, in which users can "surf" in three different ways: a) through the home video, b) from a house map, c) through the thumbnails showing the different rooms. Depending on preferences and/or individual skills, each user can stop at the "hot spots or key points" where, by means of an animation accompanied by text, 21 safety and order-related activities are presented.
All the activities are based on realistic images and also have feedback in text and audio format in order to be also suited for people without literacy skills.
A database to collect information about time that user has been playing or about the activities successfully completed, is provided too.
The construction and implementation of the application were based on the following principles:
• To take advantage of the motivation that these kinds of resources instil in people with ID for training in both order & security and the use of ICT tools.
• Maximum accessibility in a double meaning: 1) that anyone with internet access can access from anywhere, and 2) that everybody could access to the technological resources because the accessibility standars are met (WCAG2.0).
- High degree of adaptability to different contexts, which makes the translation and adaptation into other languages and cultures easy and quick. flexibility that allows its rapid readjustment to different skills or to the training process
E-learning for people with ID. To be initially used in educational environments for people with ID but it can be also extrapolated to any other group of people that could take advantage of this kind of training (children, rehabilitation of people suffering a stroke, etc.)
Research GroupSocio-Educational research group
Isabel Pinto Pascual
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