Assisting others through assistive technology

Approximately 3% of Singaporeans are living with a disability. However, the needs of persons with disabilities often remain overlooked and they continue to face myriad challenges in independent living, due to the lack of availability and access to appropriate and affordable assistive technology. Singapore is also facing a rapidly aging population that is undergoing similar challenges.

Engineering Good partners with welfare organisations that work directly with these individuals, and supports them through assistive technology programmes. Through these programmes, volunteers will engage directly with persons with disabilities, understand their needs and challenges, and develop technology that meets their needs. Volunteers will experience how technology can help to lower self-imposed and societal barriers, enabling these individuals to live more independently and thrive in the community.

Adapted Radio Controller

Andrew is a sociable boy and enjoys chatting with people. Even though he is not able to speak clearly and we have to strain our ears to catch his words, that doesn’t stop him from interacting with people around him.

Andrew also loves music. One of his favourite past times at home is listening to music. However, he is not able to operate the radio buttons due to his poor motor skills. As such, he has to rely heavily on his caregivers to do so.

Team TxRx has come together to create an adapted radio controller, customised to his needs. With this, Andrew can be empowered!

 

Mounting Mechanism

To us, having iPads is a luxury. But to children like Keaton and Janelle, iPad is the window through which their basic needs are met – to communicate, learn and play.

To make the iPads accessible to them, team Iron Man has come together to design a mounting mechanism that can secure these devices to their wheelchairs.

Keaton and Janelle are a little shy, but they warm up quickly once the volunteers start interacting with them. Our wish is that the invention will bring more smiles to their faces.

 

Adapted Writing Tools

Though Chloe is non-verbal, she is very much aware of her surroundings. Words are not necessary for her to express her emotions, especially happiness whenever she is surrounded by her loved ones. Estella is a little shy at first but starts chatting after she warms up. She has an inquisitive mind and likes exploring new things.

These 2 young girls have one thing in common. They both struggle with writing difficulties due to their physical conditions. Team Adapt 2 Write are inventing customised writing aids for them, which will hopefully increase their love for school and learning!

 

FunBox

Using the computer is part of everyone’s daily life, and the computer is an important tool for education. However, using the keyboard and mouse may prove to be challenge for some of the Rainbow Centre students without the fine motor skills required.

Team Funbox designed a USB interface box for the students to use big button switches instead. This will allow the students to interact with the education software more easily. In addition, the team also aims to make the interface box as affordable as possible, so that all the computers in the school IT lab would be accessible to all the students.

 

Projects with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS)

Gamification of ADL

For students with physical impairments, learning basic activities of daily living (ADL) such as showering, brushing teeth, changing clothes, or eating, can be extremely challenging. To address this, Team Funtasktic has designed and built a Kinect-based showering game for CPAS students to be able to practice showering skills in the classroom. By gamifying these activities, students can learn and practice the actions required for these activities in a safe environment.

 

VR Wheelchair Game

For students who are learning to use motorised wheelchairs, navigating new environments can be daunting, as they have to familiarise themselves with the external environment while getting used to their own wheelchair controls. Our virtual reality game, developed by Team VW, enables CPAS students to navigate around a supermarket independently using joystick controls, keeping score so that students and teachers can track their own progress!

 

Classroom Answering Tool

In many special education schools, classes can be a mix of verbal and non-verbal students. In such classes, non-verbal students may miss out on class participation as the verbal students take the limelight, and this can negatively impact their learning. Our classroom answering tool puts everyone on a level playing field, answering questions through pressing of accessibility switches adapted to each student's ability, allowing non-verbal students to participate actively in class.

 

Adapted Bowling Mechanism

For persons with cerebral palsy, recreational opportunities can be limited due to lack of access. With the right assistive device, more recreational opportunities can be opened up to persons with CP. One example is the adapted bowling mechanism that our team Strike Club is designing. This device allows the user to aim and launch a bowling ball down a ramp independently, enabling persons with CP to participate actively in the game!

 

Projects with the AWWA School

Flag raising project

Being able to do flag raising in front of the school during morning assembly is a highly empowering experience. We are working with AWWA school to enable more students to be able to do so, especially those who are more cognitively aware but are trapped due to their physical condition. Our team of volunteers are helping to motorise the flag raising and lowering process, so that it can be done at the push of a button.

AT@SPED by Youth Corps Singapore

The Youth Corps Singapore (YCS) is a national initiative that supports youths who are keen to serve the community. We are glad to be one of the community partners of YCS this year, guiding a team of aspirants through their service-learning journey, through the development of assistive technology and related programmes for special needs students at the AWWA School.

Get in touch
Interested to partner us? Get in touch with us at partnerships@EngineeringGood.org
Interested to volunteer? Check for available volunteer opportunities here

"For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier.
For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible."

DMS

Engineers Without Borders Asia - Worley Parsons

WorleyParsons is a global provider of professional services to the energy, resource, and complex process industries.

WorleyParsons shares the conviction that each individual has the ability to make a positive impact in the world, which is reflected in WorleyParsons’ internal key organisational value of leadership which strives to empower individuals and encourages them to take responsibility. WorleyParsons envisages a global support scheme of humanitarian engineering organisations in each of our Regions to further develop our internal commitment to Corporate Responsibility.

WorleyParsons Singapore is Engineering Good’s founding corporate partner. Through their Corporate Responsibility Team, WorleyParsons Singapore incubated Engineering Good (formerly known as Engineers Without Borders Asia) in Singapore. A dedicated staff was heavily involved in the inception journey of the organisation, seeing it through successful registration. WorleyParsons also provided seed-funds and office facilities to support the initial operations of the organisation.

For more information on WorleyParsons, please visit their corporate responsibility page.

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Engineers Without Borders Asia - NYC

The National Youth Council (NYC) was set up by the Singapore Government on 1 November 1989 as the national co-ordinating body for youth affairs in Singapore and the focal point of international youth affairs.

At NYC, we believe in a world where young people are respected and heard, and have the ability to influence and make a difference to the world. Together with our partners, we develop a dynamic and engaging environment where young people are inspired to dream and committed to action. 

We hear youth >>> Here for youth

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We would like to thank the following donors for their contributions to our crowdfunding campaign:

Aditya Bansal Emily Zhang Jean Oh Low Eicher Peter Stones Tan Alvin
Alan Forshaw Eric Wong Jean-Philippe Fontaine Low Zhi Ni Phua Huijia Tan Angeline
Alex Chio Esther Lim Joanne Sansfacon Luckanong Souliyavong Quek Henry Tan Hui Shan Grace
Ali Mousavi-Torbati Fauvel Simon Joy Leong Magdalen Ng Rayannah Kroeker Tan Hwee Roy
Amy Sim Fern Neo Jun Wei Tan Mani Malekesmeili Rong Wang Teo Keng Pheng
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Audrey Lam Fnu Md Nasir Kah Chine Sim Maria Belen Amiano Sahas Bikram Shah Teo Wee Teck
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Chun Ming Au Hock Jin Alvin Tay Leong Yoke Fun Hannah Ng Jeremy Siew Yong Ong Willi Smolan
Colleen Gosse Hui Bing Thio Ler You Wei Ngiam Song Wee Silvia Hua Xin Ying Lim
Daniel Eden Hui Ching Michelle Teo Lim Cindy Nicolas Fauvel Sindhu Tjahyono Yeam Chin Heng
Daniel Luzinda Hwee Kuang Lim Lim Jean Nirupam Khanna Singh Bhavdeep Yeow Xian Ching
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Ee Lyn Tan Jasmine Hu Loo Ling Tan Patrick Miller Stephanie Budiwarman  
Emilie Beaucaire Jaya Myler Low Chun Kiat Pei Lee Yeap Susanna Kho  

Special thanks to Teo Keng Pheng for sponsoring the 4% admin fee for this crowdfunding campaign ♥

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Youth Corps Singapore is a national institution that supports youths who are keen to serve the community. As the catalyst for youth volunteerism, it harnesses the energy and passion of youths to ignite positive change in society through community development projects. Bringing together Singapore Citizens and PRs aged 16 to 35, Youth Corps Singapore provides a platform for youths to learn new skills and meet like-minded peers, who aspire to go forth and create a better Singapore and a better world for all.

Click here to visit our Portal and discover how you can get involved.

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Envelope 2015

Envelope 2015, held in August of 2015, was a seminar event organised by the Engineering Good Student Chapter. Envelope exposed and engaged more than a hundred students to how organizations in Singapore use sustainable and appropriate solutions to help various communities, be it in Singapore or overseas. Guest speakers included speakers from World Toilet Organization, Operation Hope Foundation, Ground Up Initiative, NUS Energy Office and many more!

The first half of Envelope consisted of a series of talks by our invited guest speakers, where they introduced Humanitarian Engineering as it is done in its many different forms, showcasing the many possibilities for students to engage in Humanitarian Engineering as it best suits them. In the second half of Envelope, students could chose to more directly engage with speakers they were more interested in by joining their respective short workshops.

Check out Envelope 2015’s Facebook page for more photos of the event!

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Project Make-Possible with IES-NUS

Project Make Possible was an event to help bridge the current gap between engineers and disadvantaged communities. Project Make-Possible began with a Humanitarian Engineering talk, where participants were introduced to the concept of Humanitarian Engineering, followed by a Makerthon.

The Makerthon was made possible through collaboration with Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) Labs and the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD). Over a week, 10 teams of 4 participants went to SPD to learn more about the problems faced by the physically disabled and develop prototypes to tackle problems identified for a mini-competition. The winners were awarded a total seed funding of $3000 with the option of continuing their work with SPD.

Read more about the event at SPD’s publication on Project Make-Possible and check out more photos at Project Make-Possible’s Facebook page!

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