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Future Internet 2015, 7(4), 429-444; doi:10.3390/fi7040429

Social Empowerment of Intellectually Impaired through a Cloud Mobile System

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CNR-ITD, Via de Marini 6, 16149 Genova, Italy
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SoftJam S.p.A., Via Piave, 7, 16145 Genova, Italy
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Academic Editor: Jogesh K. Muppala
Received: 30 July 2015 / Revised: 30 October 2015 / Accepted: 11 November 2015 / Published: 17 November 2015
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Abstract

There is not a unique definition of “empowerment”, nevertheless the idea that it involves, on the one hand, people having control over their own lives and, on the other, some social aspects seems to be a common characteristic. Most authors recognize three levels of empowerment: individual, group, and community level, which are interconnected and changes at one level influence the others. Enhancing individual competence and self-esteem has a direct effect on the control of one’s own life and, in turn, on the social components of empowerment. In this paper we present Smart Angel, a project that aims at creating a network involving families, caregivers, experts, and tutors, as well as the final users and their friends, based on a mobile cloud system in support of both everyday living and urban mobility for people with medium-mild intellectual disabilities, with particular attention to the Down syndrome. The system can be seen as a tool to empower its users to be more independent and therefore increasing their possibility to have an active role in their life and an active participation to the community. View Full-Text
Keywords: empowerment; intellectual disabilities; mobility; cloud computing; technology enhanced learning; serious games; intellectual impairments empowerment; intellectual disabilities; mobility; cloud computing; technology enhanced learning; serious games; intellectual impairments
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Freina, L.; Bottino, R.; Ott, M.; Costa, F. Social Empowerment of Intellectually Impaired through a Cloud Mobile System. Future Internet 2015, 7, 429-444.

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