Opportunity to trial No Isolation AV1 robot, by Invest in ME Research:
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.
But 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.
Isolation is one of the most insidious consequences of ME – the full effects often not realised until much later.
We want to help change that.
In Norway, a small white robot has become a stand-in in the classroom for children and youths suffering from ME.
We want this possibility to be offered to young people affected by ME throughout the UK – and, at the same time, spread awareness of this disease throughout the education system.
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.
— No Isolation (@_noisolation) June 2, 2017
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.
After discussions the company has made an offer to Invest in ME Research to provide three AV1 robots to be trialled by three families.
We will be contacting local education authorities to make them aware of the possibilities to help young people with ME. We invite support for this initiative by assisting us with contact to local schools and education authorities.
Meanwhile, if there are families that have a child who has been forced to stay at home due to ME, and who would like to participate in a trial of the robot at their school and work with IiMER and No Isolation to describe the results, then please contact us.
There will be three robots to trial.
If you would like to be one of the families trialling AV1 and would be prepared to report back during the trial and work with us, No Isolation and the school/school authority then we would be very keen to hear from you.
We invite support to help us promote awareness of the problems that young people face due to the effects of ME and how innovative use of technology can alleviate some of those effects due to isolation.
Invest in ME Research will receive no financial reward for this campaign.
The charity does this in order to highlight and overcome a major consequence of becoming ill with ME.
Full details and press release are at this link.
Thank you for your support!
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