Invest in ME Research concentrates much effort on finding, funding and facilitating biomedical research into myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) as this, we believe, provides the only means to resolve the situation in which millions of people find themselves.
A disease such as ME presents many challenges to a patient and to a family.
It can provide challenges also to schools when a child or young person is unable to continue full time education.
In such situations families can find themselves on the receiving end of the ignorance about ME that pervades our society where social services and education authorities may use a one-size-fits-all attitude to treating families where the child must remain at home.
At our IIMEC12 conference in London in June 2017 we invited a Norwegian company – No Isolation – to display new thinking on how to resolve some of this situation.
The Norwegian start up has developed a robot that helps children and youths with long-term illness participate in the classroom on their own terms.
The robot, called AV1, acts as the students’ eyes, ears and voice in the classroom on days where they cannot be physically present.
The student controls the robot with an app on a tablet. When the student raises their hand, a light flashes on AV1’s head.
The robot can be turned 360 degrees, so the student can see the entire classroom and talk to other students.
If the student does not feel like actively participating, they communicate it by turning on a blue light on AV1’s head.
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