Inclusive technologies for people of diverse cognitive abilities

Inclusive technologies

QUT has developed a research program on inclusive technologies, built on a partnership with people with intellectual disability. In addition to providing designs and design guidelines for technologies that are accessible and promote inclusion, the team has also developed unique methodologies to support people with intellectual disability to have a voice in the processes of co-design.

These research findings have emerged through our research team observing technology use in community centres, exploring new technologies together with people with intellectual disability and their support workers. Our main partners so far have been Endeavour Foundation and Autism Queensland, with funding from the Australian Research Council, the CRC Autism, and the Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund.

The team is now eager to engage with new partners, such as community organisations and business partners to continue the research in more diverse context that could provide more of these opportunities:

  1. Inclusive Work: We explore the integration of technology in the workplace, facilitating learning and remembering, offering accessible work tools, and providing companionship and community-building opportunities. 
  2. Inclusive Housing: We create technology solutions, including “Magic Mirrors” and conversational agents, to foster independence and support within the housing environment. 
  3. Inclusive Driving: We investigate the use of social robotics, cognitive aids and Ai tools to support driving and autonomous vehicle experiences. 
  4. Inclusive Learning: We support content development and personalisation, including through generative AI, to empower vocational and on-the-job learning. 
  5. Inclusive Informal Learning: We envision that social robots can be well integrated into community spaces like museums, cafes, and workplaces to engage more inclusively with all users, including the disabled. 

Engaging people with a disability in the process of design and feedback provides an educational and empowering activity for identified participants, and an opportunity for community organisations and business partners to be recognised as a contributor to QUT’s research project as a partner.

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Learn here how you can take part in our research to try and create new technologies.We are also always looking for more students with skills in HCI and/or machine learning to join our team!


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