Current E-Bulletin - AT R&D Bulletin No. 59, March 2014


Welcome to the March 2014 edition of AT R&D News, a free monthly newsletter from Foundation for Assistive Technology (FAST) with the latest on research and development in the field of assistive technology.

Our aim is to help researchers stay up to date with national developments, local initiatives and research projects relevant to the AT community. There are also regular updates on sources of funding, AT jobs, conferences, resources and opportunities to share knowledge within the AT sector.

FAST also publish a monthly AT Policy newsletter, view it here.

Follow us on
Twitter or on Rebelmouse for day-to-day updates.


  1. Funding
  2. Projects
  3. AT in the news
  4. Call for papers
  5. Jobs
  6. Events
  7. Resources
  8. Other Useful Newsletters
  9. Twitter
  10. Feedback
  11. Subscribe/Unsubscribe

1. Funding

Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (ALIP) Call 2014: pre announcement of the call text (Call 6) was announced on the 28th of March 2014.

Horizon 2020 – Societal challenge Health, demographic change and wellbeing - Personalising Health and Care work programme 2014-2015 (H2020-PHC-2014-2015) contains four 4 topics related to active and healthy ageing with ICT. A Questions and Answers webpage is available for those considering making an application for funding.

Do let FAST know if you are looking for partners for projects and we will endeavour to help.

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2. Projects

ProFouND is an EU funded Network focusing on falls prevention with a range of helpful resources about falls management.

The Mi – More Independent project has produced a great ‘What is Telecare?’ Video which is available on YouTube.

FAST has a searchable database of nearly 1500 assistive technology research projects across assistive technology funded in the last 20 years.
If you have new R&D project in assistive technology or you are an organisation that would like to be included in our database please select a download form and return by email.

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3. AT in the News

Keren Down, Director of FAST, presented on Economic and Business Models for Assisted Living at the Economic and Business Modelling, Social and behavioural Studies- Final Workshop on the 12th of March 2014. The Presentation, Review and Summary are available to download from FAST’s Home Page.

Other presentations from the day are also available to download.

The Department for Education has published Special educational needs and disability: research priorities and questions, which focuses on supporting and enhancing opportunities for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

MHRA have issued guidance on Guidance on medical device stand-alone software (including apps).

HFT, a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities and their families, has published ‘Smart Living magazine’, which explores different ways that assistive technology can be used in a person-centred way to give people with learning disabilities greater independence. Smart Living can be downloaded from the HFT website.

The Guardian focuses on the excitement surrounding Google Glass and Smart Watches, featured at the Wearable Technology Show. It’s still early days for these innovations, but it appears to have enormous potential for assistive technology.

The first edition of the Journal of mHealth is available to download.

NVDA, the free Screen Reader has a new release (v 2014.1). Further information and download link from nvaccess.

An interesting article about innovation from the Guardian: UK inventors face fight to turn brilliant ideas into reality on factory floor, with positive experiences for some companies in the UK.

Pete Moore, one of the original developers of The Pain Toolkit (now available in several languages and downloaded 200,00 times since November 2012) and lots of other pain self-management resources, received the Pain UK Pain Champion Award 2014 in March 2014. Pain Toolkit apps for Smartphones are in development.

More evidence that assistive technology doesn’t have to be high-tech or complex with the use of sensory gardens and doll therapy for people with dementia. Further information here.

There is increasingly so much assistive technology related news to report which is outside of the limits of a monthly newsletter. Do consider following FAST via Twitter or Rebelmouse – details below.

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4. Call for Papers

Computing Now has a Special Issue on Ambient Assisted Living and Robotics. Submission Deadline is the 1st of September 2014.

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5. Jobs

You can find details of five assistive technology Jobs on the FAST website.

Let us know about your job vacancy by email

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6. Events

Thomas Pocklington Trust has a group of events entitled ‘Making Better Use of Research and Information: Knowledge Exchange Workshops for the Sight Loss Sector’ that take place in London, Preston, York, Cardiff and Birmingham. Further details from TPT.

Communication Matters have a series of Roadshow events in the UK in the next few months where you can see demonstrations of communication aid products. Further information from CM.

You can find over 60 Events across assistive technology on the FAST website.

Let us know about your event, or an event you are aware of by email

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7. Resources

Recipients of Electric-Powered Indoor/Outdoor Wheelchairs Provided by a National Health Service: A Cross-Sectional Study is a recent journal article by Frank & de Souza about EOPIOC wheelchair users in the UK. Further details here.

Your Turn is a website and information source about pressure ulcers/sores in the UK.

Grace App is a non-speech symbol-based picture exchange system which allows people with a speech difficulty to independently express their wants and needs. It is available on iTunes, Google Play (Android), Blackberry and Amazon Kindle.

The Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare Vol. 20, No. 2 is now available.

Pleasing to see that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Game - 30th Anniversary Edition is accessible via a single switch. See the BBC website for further details. 

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8. Other Useful Newsletters

FAST produce a monthly newsletter about Assistive Technology Policy.

The Pocklington Research Newsletter Issue 3 for March 2014 is available to download and focuses on the Thomas Pocklington Trust work in visual impairment.

Email us about your newsletter, or a newsletter you would like us to feature. 

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9. Twitter

FAST's Twitter account covers day-to-day News, Research, Jobs, Events and Debate in Assistive Technology. The link to Twitter is here.

If you don’t like Twitter or don’t have an account, items are presented by assistive technology area here

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10. Feedback

FAST values your opinions about our monthly bulletins. Too long? Too short? Not relevant to your interests? Perfect for your needs? Please email any comments to

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11. Subscribe/Unsubscribe

If you wish to subscribe or unsubscribe to the AT R&D Newsletter, please email It’s helpful to us if you let us know why you no longer need the newsletter, so that we can further understand our readership needs.

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