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    DFF Research Network: Transition and the Sustainability of Children's Competences

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    Young people with communication disabilities often experience the loss of their communication competences when they move between contexts. Due to lack of knowledge on this topic, this DFF Research Network aims to bring together international and interdisciplinary experts from Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology, Education Science, and Speech and Language Science. We will draw together and explore the scattered knowledge on communication practices that sustain communicative competences in young people living with communicative disabilities as they move between different institutional and everyday contexts. This entails a special focus on both the use of technologies which the young people often need to participate in interaction with others (e.g. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) technologies), and, critically, the interactional practices used by the communication partners to recognise, maintain and develop these young people’s communicative competences .

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    Build your own robot

    Build your own robot

    Build your own robot for independent living is an exploratory project with the overall goal of developing a concept of social robots as do-it-yourself aid that can be broadly used by different groups of people with cognitive and physical impairments. Based on empirical data from SCN Anholtvej, a residential home for people suffering from severe impairments due to acquired brain injury, the project focuses on developing robots for daily cognitive guiding and reminding tasks. The vision for the project is to create a toolbox for developing individualized solutions that match the need of each specific citizen. By creating the possibility for experimenting with the task of building real and functional robots, we aim at increasing citizens’ independence and quality of life, while at the same time strengthening social competences and supporting the feeling of being in control over one’s own life. The project thus has two layers: (i) Co-creation of individualized social robots, and (ii) evaluation of the robot in use.

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    Nordic Network of Interaction Studies on Communication Impairment (NISCI)

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    Nordic Network of Interaction Studies on Communication Impairment aims to gather the Nordic expertise on communicative impairment out of an interactionistical / conversations analytical perspective.

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    Technologies to move

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    The Technologies to Move project is interested in technological devices that help people with acquired brain injury become mobile, especially gaining the ability to walk. Therefore, we undertook a user-centered, video-ethnographic innovation study on the practical use of walking aids in private and institutional settings.

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    Inclusion and exclusion in social practices

    Inclusion and exclusion in social practices

    The overall purpose of the research project is to get a fundamental understanding of what inclusion and exclusion are as multimodal, embodied and materially situated practices in settings where some participants have partial or unusual communicative resources. This question will be answered by a qualitative study of the various constructions of, for example, normalcy and dis/ability in the organizational and private interactions in a care centre where people with acquired brain injury live. Inclusion and exclusion are defined as social practices in an organizational setting through which the possibilities of being part of a situation emerge. It is necessary for the study before its start to formulate the concepts inclusion and exclusion fairly vaguely, as the aim is to find out inductively what these terms mean in practice.

    More projects from Mattering: Material-Discursive Practices