AIAS Bologna Onlus is an organization of persons with disabilities and caregivers based in the city of Bologna (Italy). It was established more than 55 years ago and has thus a longstanding experience in working for the improvement of the lives of people with disabilities of all ages. With approximately 100 staff members we operate different services (day and residential care centres, home care, social-educational rehabilitation services, educational groups, leisure time activities) and specialised services in the field of technology and disability, namely independent Assistive Technology (AT) centres.
AIAS Bologna works closely with the territorial network of public and private social and health services as well as with the local public educational system supporting students with disabilities in their learning pathways; we train operators, teachers and educators and develop and disseminates new knowledge, skills, methodologies for intervention and technologies; we support public bodies, contributing to the definition of social and health policies and strategies through research, surveys and needs analyses; we draw on cutting edge experience and best practice in Europe and contribute to the promotion of policies favouring disabled people and their families and quality in the services at their disposal.
Furthering the quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families, as well as their full participation in society are the reasons of existence of AIAS. Innovation and participation is further obtained by international projects which have allowed us to work in areas such as education (EDUROB on educational robotics), technological innovation (ProACT on sensor technology for independent living of older adults), assistive technology (TOBI project on Brian computer interaction), violence prevention against children with disabilities (Daphne projects), gender issues (RiseWIse), flexible housing solutions and training program both for persons with disabilities (ATLEC project), for carers (European Care Certificate) and for professionals (KPT-Project: Guidelines for lifelong learning in Assistive Technology).
AIAS Bologna has an extended curriculum in European projects and is active member of:
• The European network of technology enhanced learning in an inclusive society (ENTELIS)
• The European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)
• The Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE)
• The International Society for Alternative and Augmentative Communication (ISAAC)
• The Italian network of Assistive Technology centers (GLIC).