MAS: Building an Educational Platform for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Cerebral Paralysis Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2010

start page

  • 175

end page

  • 184

issue

  • 2-3

volume

  • 6

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1741-1009

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1741-1017

abstract

  • Intellectual disability is common and lifelong, with lifetime cost. Thus, this people have been the focus of recent major national policy developments in Europe, the USA, Australia and across high-income countries. The education of these students with disabilities now can benefit from a wider range of assistive tools. Following this unstoppable trend, this paper presents MAS, a software platform aimed to help people with severe intellectual disabilities and cerebral paralysis in their learning processes. MAS, as a technology enhanced learning platform, provides several tools that supports learning and monitoring for people with special needs, including adaptative games, data processing and monitoring tools. Installed in a special needs education institution in Madrid, Spain, MAS provides special educators with a tool that improved students education processes.

keywords

  • assistive technology; adaptive toys; handicapped persons; special needs; assistive technologies; intellectual disabilities; cerebral paralysis; technology enhanced learning; monitoring; Spain; adaptative games; data processing