Project EUSTAT

Acronym and title of the project

Empowering USers Through Assistive Technology

Official Start and End dates

1/12/1996 - 30/11/1998

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EUSTAT project

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Project Summary

One of today's key issues is empowering persons with disabilities to choose an independent lifestyle - in terms of taking full control over their lives, and being informed and responsible consumers of Assistive Technology and support services as required by their disabilities.

Assistive Technology and personal assistance services are often the key tools for meeting such demands. The term Assistive Technology (AT) encompasses all products and services able to compensate for functional limitations, facilitating independence, and improving the quality of life of elderly people and people with disabilities.

EUSTAT, a study carried out in the period 1997-99 within the Telematics Application Programme of the European Commission, addressed the educational needs of end-users of AT. It produced educational material for people with disabilities, members of their family and personal assistants, as well as guidelines for those who organise or carry out educational initiatives that facilitate empowerment of end-users, helping them to make informed, appropriate and responsible AT choices.

EUSTAT had both a technological and social orientation: it stemmed from the idea that people with disabilities must be active partecipants in the choice of their AT, thus helping equal opportunities and also introducing direct control by the end-user over the quality of AT services and products.

All the material produced within EUSTAT is contained in a set of four manuals that can be freely downloaded from this website.

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