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Calls for Projects 2016

Laureates of the Autism and New Technologies Call for Projects, launched by the Fondation Orange, the UEFA Fundation for children in partnership with FIRAH :

Research carried by the Laboratoire d'Informatique pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de l'Ingénieur (LIMSI) CNRS (France), "Software for combined training of social interaction and motor learning"

This research should support the person with autism in the development of his motor and social skills which can be seen as a lever to promote his inclusion in sport, education, or even his participation in daily activities within the family.

By developing a virtual training tool for collaborative motor tasks, the project leaders aim to evalauate the capacity of digital tools to improve both the motor and social skills of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The materials produced by this research are varied: a training software, a set of videos which will show two people undertaking collaborative motor tasks with real objects (carrying a table, etc.)

Research carried by Genouis Systèmes (France), "E-Goliah"

The diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in children is on the increase, and presents differently depending on the child. An early diagnosis is essential, in order to implement intensive, individualised therapeutic care that is multi-dimensional and thus more effective. The aim of the e-GOLIAH project is to provide the necessary improvements to the game « GOLIAH » in order to increase its appropriateness and applicability, in an approach involving all relevant parties.The research deliverables will be varied : games, a dedicated game on the website www.curapy.com, and two MOOC (e-learning) : one for parents and one for healthcare professionals

Research carried by the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France), "Developing and implementing a framework for evidence based practice for technology relevant for autism"

There has been an exponential proliferation in the availability of digital technologies to support the autistic community, with no mechanism by which they, or their care-givers, can easily use evidence to gauge whether such technologies are beneficial, or indeed to assess possible harm.

Practitioners find it difficult to choose the most appropriate piece of technology to support their work. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is central to medical disciplines and has been extended to psycho-behavioural interventions for autism.

To enable the autistic and autism communities to effectively contribute to the co-design of the EBP framework, novel protocols will be developed for online participatory design (using Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Vizzata.com). We will make recommendations for how digital technologies can facilitate inclusion and promote respect for autistic people.

Expected deliverables are : Accessible web document detailing the nature of evidence to support digital interventions for ASD ; Recommendations for facilitating inclusion in co-design through online communication ; An EBP framework ; An end-user friendly web documen ; An evaluation of existing digital technologies (including apps) using the EBP framework ; Accessible documentation on how to apply the EBP framework to an existing technology, including apps ; Guidelines for the provision of evidence for software/hardware engineers ; A MOOC to support the autistic and autism communities evaluate evidence and implement the EBP framework.

Laureates of the annual Call for Projects launched by FIRAH :

Research carried by the Université de Lille 1, "Gulivers : The people with disabilities as stakeholders for sustainable and accessible Accommodations"

This research project aims to gather and visualise all the structural elements of the University of Lille 1 paths, furniture, buildings and services, in order to design a spatial navigation and exchange tool for people with disabilities.Materials produced by the project will be: the collaborative digital tool GEVU, enabling visual mapping for all users of the university Lille 1. This will assist users in preparing for their schooling, but also with everyday life (journeys, meals, access to libraries, special facilities…); a digital guidebook for the higher education community, disseminating the results of this experience.

Research carried by the Université de Lorraine, "Families and disability: managing parental stress for parents of children with Dravet syndrome"

Dravet syndrome is a severe form of infantile epilepsy, which affects the cognitive development of the child. It also affects family function as parents struggle to cope with the disability of their child.
The aim of this research is to create efficient tools for the support of parents, professionals of healthcare and education; it also aims to raise awareness in civil society and in policy-makers in pediatric epilepsy and epilepsy in general.
The deliverables from this project are: a training tool for parents of children with Dravet syndrome, health professionals, teachers and social workers; awareness-raising videos aimed at children and adults; recommendations for policy-makers.

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Necessary documents for the annual Call for Projects:

Presentation of the Call for Projects

Form for the letter of intention


Guideline for the complete file

Form for the complete file

Press Release


Necessary documents for the Autism and New Technologies Call for Projects:

Presentation of the Call for Projects

Form for the letter of intention


Guideline for the complete file

Form for the complete file

Press Release


Calendar of the Calls for Projects:

Closing date for letters of intent - 25 March 2016 at midnight (French time)

Project leaders informed of pre-selected letters of intent - 24 June 2016

Closing date for completed applications - 30 September 2016 at midnight (French time)

Project leaders informed of selected applications - 15 December 2016