The basic premise of the project is that adaptations in the form of technology support such as computers, computer-based aids, mobile phones and applications have a considerable potential to compensate for reduced function in the ability to plan, structure, communicate, absorb information and acquire knowledge. Despite technological developments, many children and young people with functional disabilities still lack access to adaptations in the form of technology support in school, during leisure time and work.
New possibilities with technology support in school
About 600 young people in upper secondary school and special needs upper secondary school are participating in the project “New opportunities with technology support in school”. The overall aim is to identify and describe the need for adaptations and support for pupils with functional disabilities, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, in upper secondary education.
The study also aims to investigate whether individually designed measures in the form of technology adaptations and support increase the pupil’s chances of coping with their studies, and whether the measures have any effect on the transition to further studies or work after the pupil has completed upper secondary school.
Collaboration partners: Professor Helena Hemmingsson, Senior Lecturer Elin Ekbladh and doctoral student Moa Yngve, all at the Department of Social and Welfare Studies (ISV) at LiU.
Funding has been provided in part by Stiftelsen Sunnerdahls Handikappfond and through faculty funds from LiU.
Teaching on the Occupational Therapy programme
My teaching commitments are principally on the Occupational Therapy programme. I teach mainly within evidence-based occupational therapy, and supervise and examine first-cycle papers.
I also have some teaching/supervising commitments at Uppsala University and Karolinska Institutet (KI).