Impacts of project

Impacts of project

The activity developed during the Risewise project and, in particular within the Risewise Special Needs sub-project, have developed progressively and steadily thanks to the experience born from the ‘Growing the Future’ workshop held in Guimaraes in 2018.
The final impact of the project will be on the interaction between different elements, the same proposed by the Human Activity Assistive Technology Model, namely the Human Factor, Activity and Assistive Technology that can be implemented in a given Context. Each component has to be considered both individually and in relation to the others, designing, selecting, implementing and evaluating an appropriate assistive technology device.
Where women with disabilities lack the capacity to complete a task, the solution to this lack will include the use of assistive technology to support them. Let us use the following example to better understand how Risewise Special Needs will help women with disabilities. In the circumstance that a woman with a lower limb amputation wants to practice “running”, the web platform or the application will offer her all the information about the start of the chosen sport, the places where she can practice it, how she can find the aid she needs, the people who can follow her in the process of starting the discipline (tutor/coach) and therefore feel supported at all stages, where possible.
The human factor includes several components including: physical expression and therefore the use of force, balance coordination, the cognitive component including attention, judgement and problem solving, and finally the emotional aspect. The project will analyse each case, trying to find the best solution for each situation. It also aims to identify and distinguish between the technical capacity (skill), which indicates the level of competence, and the person’s abilities. In fact, situations may arise in which the role of assistive technology will be relevant. Continuing the above example, the woman with a disability who has good basic skills will be able to increase her technical ability in her chosen sport through the use of assistive technology, in this case, a lower limb prosthesis.
The context of the project can cover different areas, but in particular it will focus on the physical and social context. As far as the physical context is concerned and in the context of the project’s impact, the following situational example arises: a woman with a visual or hearing disability will be able to interface directly and in total autonomy with the project’s web platform because she will be allowed access to information, thanks to its accessibility features, and consequently, to its easy use (usability). In other situations the social context in which the woman with disabilities will be involved is relevant. In many cases women with disabilities renounce offering themselves the chance to be part of society through sport because they feel stigmatised by other individuals or they perceive themselves as being at fault because they use artificial limbs rather than a wheelchair or a particular model of glasses.
The project also aims to support the inclusion of women with disabilities by putting them in contact with trainers/coaches/tutors who will be identified according to their needs to help them increase their technical skills or simply improve their abilities. In this context, the people closest to the women with disabilities, such as family members, friends or colleagues, will also play a key role in contributing to the success of the objectives. Women with disabilities supported by their loved ones will feel more comfortable, facing the training phase with serenity and consequently good results and several psycho-social benefits.

Human Activity Assistive Technology Model
Human Activity Assistive Technology Model