IT Funk has been The Norwegian Research Council's RTD-programme on ICT for people with disability.
Universal design and accessibility for all. The purpose of IT Funk has been to contribute to accessibility for all, including persons with disability, to information and communication technology (ICT) and to society through the use of ICT. ICT-based products and services developed for the general market must be accessible and useful for everyone at reasonable prices. IT Funk has paid special attention to areas where accessibility issues impact on a person's life chances, such as education, employment and basic services to citizens.
A fall alarm. Automatic nightlight. Oven reminder. Refrigerator alarm. These are just a few of the new technology-based solutions that will become part of the life of elderly persons, especially those living alone.
Some of these solutions were recently installed in the home of Ms. Gunnhild Valbjør Løchen (85) in the mountain community of Vågå, Norway. The company behind many of the products is Abilia AS of Oslo, the largest supplier of technology for communication and cognition support in the Nordic countries. Abilia has developed a complete safety package for older people, allowing them to live independently longer. One of Abilia's products is the MemoPlanner, an electronic device with a touch screen, which keeps track of activities and appointments, and reminds the user of upcoming events.
Read more about this example of welfare technology on website of The Research Council of Norway: http://www.forskningsradet.no/en/Newsarticle/Technology_makes_oldage_safer/1253969246002?WT.ac=forside_nyhet.
This document was first published 23.10.2011, and updated 01.10.2012.