Project in Coventry develops new app for people with disabilities
- 22 Dec
A project based in Coventry intends to develop a new app that will help improve the work skills of people with disabilities; the Government have secured their funding.
Coventry University's Serious Games Institute (SGI) is leading the project along with disabled employment services provider Remploy, digital developers Serious Games International and Hereward College, to develop the new ‘Work Buddy' app.
A grant of £99,000 has been given to the project as part of the second phase of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), which is sponsored by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Innovate UK, and managed by Jisc TechDis. The Business Desk reports.
Work Buddy aims to help disabled workers to create personal learning profiles in affiliation with their employers so they can perform work duties at a good standard, and independently. This new app will be accessible via mobile, tablet and desktop platforms.
The project was one of only four awarded funding earlier this year for a feasibility study into its app concept. It was selected as part of the government-backed ‘Good to go' competition which called for ideas in creating technologies to increase disabled workers' independence in unfamiliar or challenging environments.
Dr Alex Woolner from the SGI, who leads the Work Buddy project stated, "In a world where our learning and working environments are evolving at a rapid pace, it's increasingly important to have the right tools in place to support the different needs of employees to help them with their daily activities".
Programme Designer for Remploy Mark Burrett stated, "Remploy is delighted to be able to support the development of Work Buddy, as we are committed to improve employment rates for people with learning disabilities which currently stand at 7% in the UK".
Jisc TechDis Director Sal Cooke stated, "The companies made amazing progress in the first phase. It was an absolute joy watching them work directly with disabled learners and employers using their feedback to adapt the designs".
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