Advertisement

Importance of the Use of Technology by Young People with Intellectual Disabilities to Improve Their Quality of Life and the Relationship with University Students

  • Laura Macias
  • Victor Zamudio
Conference paper
Part of the EAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing book series (EAISICC)

Abstract

This project intends to revisit the experience of inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in college grounds by undergraduate students, using a robot built with economical and accessible materials, regardless of their economy and educational level. The main objective of this research is to analyze and contrast the meanings that has for university students and young people with intellectual disabilities the development of a robot of materials accessible to anyone. In order to achieve the previous a methodology based on science fiction prototyping (SFP) was used. The participants built a cardboard robot with simple electric circuits and LEDs in order to empower the participants with cognitive disabilities, with the help of an undergraduate student. The analysis was focused on four axes: perception of the workshop, enjoyment, learning, and motivation and engagement. It was found that this workshop encourages the university students to support the participant with cognitive disabilities, feeling excited and grateful for the possibility of collaborating with people with different conditions. On the other hand, the young people with disabilities realized about their capabilities (it is common that their families are distrustful and negative about their changes to achieve an objective or task) and that science is not necessarily far from them.

Keywords

Educational innovation Quality of life Inclusion Intellectual disability Use of technology and university students 

References

  1. 1.
    M. Poggi, Innovaciones educativas y escuelas en contextos de pobreza. Evidencias para las políticas de algunas experiencias en América Latina (UNESCO, Buenos Aires, 2011)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), Declaración de Salamanca y Marco de acción, para las necesidades educativas espaciales (UNESCO, Paris, 1994). Disponible: http://www.unesco.org/education/pdf/SALAMA_S.PDFGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    R.I. Brown, P.M. Brown, P. McGinley, R. Takahashi, Community living and independent living for adults with down syndrome (Down Syndrome Educational Trust, Portsmouth, 2008)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    P. Wehman, W. Revell, V. Brooke, Competitive employment: has it become the “first choice” yet? J Disabil Policy Stud 14(3), 163–173 (2003). See also the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention: http://www.worksupport.comCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud, Programa Nacional de la Juventud 2014-2018 (INJUVE, Monterrey, 2014). Disponible: http://www.imjuventud.gob.mx/imgs/uploads/PROJUVENTUD2014new.pdfGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI). Estadísticas de mortalidad, 2012. Consulta interactiva de datos. México, INEGI, 2013.Encuesta Nacional de Ingreso y Gasto en los hogares 2012. Base de datos. México, INEGI, 2013Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI). Censo de Población y Vivienda 2010. Consulta interactiva de datos. (México, 2010). Disponible: http://www.inegi.org.mx/est/lista_cubos/
  8. 8.
    B.D. Johnson, Science Fiction Prototyping: Designing the Future with Science Fiction (Morgan & Claypool, San Rafael, 2011). ISBN 978-1608456550. 29. https://www.computer.org/portal/web/computingnow/science-fiction-prototyping. Accessed 27 June 2017Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    V. Callaghan, Creative science: injecting innovation into the IT Industry. ITNOW 57(2), 52–55 (2015)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    V. Zamudio, M.P.P. Mata, V. Callaghan, S. Zhang, C. Lino, Using a creative science approach for teaching English as a Foreign Language to Postgraduate Students. Presented at the 1st EAI International Conference on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education, TIE’17, Canterbury, Great Britain, 11–12 September 2017Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    V. Zamudio, V. Callaghan, CSF Dream Academy: Using fiction, cardboard and simple electrical circuits as educational tools to lift disadvantaged children out of the poverty trap. 1st EAI International Conference on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education, TIE’17, Canterbury, Great Britain, 11–12 September 2017Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU). Temas mundiales. La juventud y los objetivos de desarrollo del milenio. Desafíos y oportunidades para su implementación. (2013) Available online http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/documents/youthmdgss.pdf

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Macias
    • 1
  • Victor Zamudio
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad del Valle de AtemajacLeónMexico
  2. 2.Instituto Tecnológico de LeónLeónMexico

Personalised recommendations