College of Medicine, “Lighting Up the Lives of the Handicapped,” meets social needs for assistive technology bypromoting and educating users about tools, integrating technology resources and benchmark conformation of demonstration areas using industrial promotion, care services and talent cultivation to implement the project.
Taipei’s city government entrusted TMU with managing the Ho-Yi Assistive Technology Center to carry out the city’s education plan. This plan uses service and industry collaboration to implement assistive technology, increasing disabled people’s independence and promoting their participation in society.
Ho-Yi Assistive Technology Center
Demonstrating assistive tool use
Businesses offering assistive technologies, including manufacturers and service providers, use Ho-Yi Assistive Center as a demonstration venue. But users are the center’s focus because they provide valuable feedback for product improvement and promotional marketing, which in turn promote industrialization of assistive tools and users’ connection with the world. More than 20 enterprises are involved, and the project’s connection with the European Assistive Technology Information Network (EASTIN) increases Taiwan’s visibility in the international market.
Members testing tools and providing comments
The center uses customized services to meet diverse needs of the handicapped individuals. By bringing physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, assistive tool technicians and other experts from TMU and Ho-Yi Assistive Technology Center together, comprehensive and individual consultations as well as assistive technology services can be provided to the handicapped and their families. These services can also be promoted through various organizations and communities, raising care providers’ service quality.
The center cultivates specialized workers for care providers and the assistive industry by working with TMU partners to offer mini-courses in rehabilitation, long-term care, medical management, and entrepreneurial information. In addition to attending lecture classes, students gain experience as interns at service areas and participate in developing assistive technologies. Entrepreneurship counselling and hackathons allows students to better understand the workings of industry and practical aspects of entrepreneurship.
Controlling the environment through assistive tools linked to the eyes and head