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Autonomy

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AUTONOMY

We travel twenty kilometres to work, it’s a ten minute drive to the sports club, the arts centre is two villages away. Whoever wants to participate in professional, social and economic life, needs to move from one place to another. For some people, it isn’t always as evident as it seems. They possibly can’t move from A to B without any help, which has a huge impact on their social life. Furthermore, a limited participation in society can result in social and economic consequences for society.

In autonomy research, we aim to facilitate the autonomous movements of people with a decreased mobility. We’re focusing on the whole trip chain (from location A to location B and back) and the use of all possible displacement modes. How do we work? We map the problems people with a decreased mobility experience during their trip. Which difficulties do they face when making a trip? Do they have difficulties executing specific subtasks in particular? Which skills are associated with these (sub)tasks and how do we estimate them objectively? By linking the experienced problems to the necessary skills, we develop achievable and realistic solutions to support autonomous displacement. These solutions meet the specific needs and wishes of the target group and will be discussed with the target group itself and their formal/informal network.

We develop for example education and training to sharpen certain skills required for the displacement. Furthermore, we offer customized assistance during the journey (e.g. via assistive technologies specifically developed for the target group) or we identify limiting environmental factors. Optimizing the (accessible) transport system is also one of the pillars within the autonomy research to increase the participation in society.

Projects and realisations

Yes, I Drive!

Obtaining a driver’s license is every young person’s passport to a certain freedom and independence. It increases job opportunities and allows them to maintain social contacts more easily. However, learning to drive can be, to a certain extent, a stressful and sometimes even a frightening experience. How do young people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience that? IMOB investigated it. Read more >

Autism and (learning how to) drive

An autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of the most frequent developmental disabilities worldwide. An ASD is characterized by communication challenges, social-interaction difficulties and limitations in flexible thinking and acting, but does it also have an influence on (learning how to) drive? We examined the underlying mechanisms of the driving behaviour of young novice drivers with ASD. Read more >

CareVille Limburg

How can we support elderly in continuing a safe and independent mobility? Mobility is an important element in the quality of life. It allows the elderly to participate in everyday activities and to maintain social contacts, which reduces the risk of depression and social isolation. We evaluate the driving ability of elderly and inform them about alternative transport facilities, when driving is no longer possible. Read more >

Businessplan Toegankelijk Vervoerssysteem

Partly due to ageing, an increase of people with a decreased mobility is expected in the near future. Living longer at home can lighten the pressure on reception capacity. Accessible and adapted transport can facilitate autonomous living. This business plan is the next step towards an area covering, complementary and integrated accessible transport system. Read more >

Viamigo: alone en route with a coach from a distance

Some people encounter barriers when travelling alone and are therefore mostly accompanied by family members, friends and volunteers or use custom transport facilities. Thanks to the platform Viamigo developed by IMOB, they can now leave without being accompanied. A coach (caregiver, family member or friend) supervises them in real-time from a distance and and can - in case of emergency - take action. Read more >