With his red crown, round blinking eyes and childlike voice, Buddy is quite the unassuming little robot. Like his look, his function is more playful than industrial. He doesn’t lift heavy objects or solve difficult math problems or build machinery. He, instead, plays games and tells stories, making him the perfect playmate for children, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
And soon Buddy will be able to do even more, thanks to the help of the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN) and a group of LSU College of Engineering students.
LSU students are working with LATAN, a non-profit organization that matches technology with disabled individuals, to program the organization’s NAO Humanoid Robot—endearingly called Buddy—to interact with local students on the spectrum.
Various populations throughout the nation are disproportionately impacted during an emergency due to risk factors related to language, cultural isolation, immigration status and national identity. On Monday, November 23, 2015 FEMAIndividual and Community Preparedness Division will host a webinar focused on engaging the public on nationwide disaster preparedness and resilience efforts serving these various populations.
Title: Community Discussion: Preparing Individuals Disproportionately Impacted by Disasters
Date: Monday, November 23, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
ATIA invites you to attend the world’s most extensive assistive technology conference: ATIA 2017, showcasing international excellence in the field. Come to expand your knowledge or professional development through expert educational sessions, discover the latest in products and systems, broaden your contacts in the community, and share your own expertise.
The conference is the place to learn about advances in assistive technology, stay on top of best practices and trends, and network with others who make, sell, deliver, support, teach, test, and use products and systems that enhance life for persons with disabilities.
Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center – Orlando, Florida
Pre-conference seminars: January 17–18, 2017
Conference: January 18–21, 2017