How might we improve the cognitive development and communication skills, and consequently the quality of life, of people with Intellectual & Developmental Disability through Information Communication Technology?
Our product, called LASI, is a customizable device, tailor-made for people with intellectual disabilities. LASI is used by an individual with mental disability undergoing speech therapy to practice personalized speech exercises created by his own therapist. Through speech recognition, LASI analyzes if the user performs the exercise correctly and the system provides physical feedback in the form of lights, vibrations, images or smooth surfaces. Otherwise a facial reconstruction of the user demonstrates the correct movement for guided references. LASI implements gamification and physical interactions to keep users motivated and tries to achieve faster and effective speech improvement.