CORDIScovery Podcast | Number 11 (December 2021)

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Publication Date December 2021
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This episode considers disability from three perspectives: the perception of disability across the world and how awareness-raising helps, actions targeted at supporting disabled women, and the impact of the very first robotic exoskeleton developed for children.  To discuss this and more are:-

  • Monika Baár, professor of Central European Studies at Leiden University. Monika led a project titled, ‘Rethinking Disability: the International Year of Disabled Persons 1981 in Historical Perspective’. Monika’s research focuses on disability, what is understood by the word in different cultural contexts and communities, and how to promote inclusion.
  • Cinzia Leone, who was the coordinator of the RISEWISE project. Cinzia's research topics are disability, equality, gender, diversity and inclusion. She is the coordinator and designer of European and international research projects for the University of Genoa.
  • Elena Garcia Armada, president and CEO of Marsi Bionics and was team leader on the Marsi project. Elena is a robotics engineer and research scientist at the Spanish National Research Council, where she applied biomimetics to develop exoskeletons to help children affected by neurological diseases walk. She founded Marsi Bionics to take the idea out of the lab and into healthcare systems.
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European Commission: ERC 2022 Projects: Supporting people with disabilities
EU CORDIS: Horizon 2020 Projects: RISEWISE -RISE Women with disabilities In Social Engagement
EU CORDIS: Horizon 2020 Projects: Disruptive technologies for effectively rehabilitating chronic ambulatory disability

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