Friday, 16 November 2018

Helping people with communication difficulties find their voice


Two new innovative apps, developed in conjunction with CATCH and designed to help people with speech difficulties find their voice, have been launched by Therapy Box.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Conference calls for more support to unlock the potential of technology

Last month’s annual conference of the EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities) in Barcelona asserted the need for technology-based solutions and assistive technologies to contribute to the provision of high quality, user-centered and community-based support services.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Hackcessible 2018 – Co-designers and Students meet for the first time

Hackcessible 2018 - students and co-designers meet for the first time

Hackcessible 2018 is off to a fantastic start!
Last, week saw the first meeting of co-designer’s and students in The Diamond. The co-designer’s presented a number of challenges to the students that they would like solved. It was a chance for everyone to meet and brainstorm ideas for the first time.
They were some truly inspiring stories from the co-designers and how they would like assistive technology to help in their lives as potential users of the products.
Hackcessible 2018 is a make-a-thon that will give engineers, designers, computer scientists, students and others a unique opportunity to collaborate with individuals with disabilities and create workable products that support their needs. Inspired by the AT-Hack at MIT, one of the first disability-related hackathons, and the popular BBC program The Big Life Fix, it will be the University of Sheffield’s first disability-focused make-a-thon.
CATCH researcher Aejaz Zahid is leading the innovative new project that aims to bring together the most talented and creative students from across the University to help change people’s lives.
The students will then have five weeks to develop a deep understanding of the challenge and to mock up possible solution ideas.
On 1st and 2nd December, the teams will create their prototype assistive technology solutions at the iForge makerspace in The Diamond.
To find out more about this exciting event check out the Hackcessible 2018 website. If you would like to get involved as a sponsor, judge or mentor contact the team here.

CATCH Professor invited to meet Dutch King and Queen

Dr Henriette Louwerse and Professor Luc de Witte pictured outside the Dutch Ambassador's Residence

It’s not every day you get invited to meet royalty, but that’s exactly what happened to CATCH Professor Luc de Witte last month.

Human Communication – a CATCH research theme special event 22 January 2019

On 22 January 2019 CATCH is hosting a special day of events focusing on our work in one of our research themes, human communication.

Hackcessible 2018 – Using technology to help make the world a better place


CATCH researcher Aejaz Zahid is leading an innovative new project that aims to bring together the most talented and creative students from across the University to help change people’s lives.

Digital Technologies to Improve Patient Care

One of the digital technology workshops exploting how to improve patient care
A series of workshops have been held exploring how digital technology can improve patient care.

Research Round-Up - Latest Publications from CATCH



Check out a selection of the latest publications by CATCH researchers.

Friday, 12 October 2018

New Paper published by CATCH academics



CATCH members Simon Judge and Chris McDermott have published a paper in the journal of Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Emego Recognised at Medipex NHS Innovation Awards

The Emego Switch
A ground-breaking assistive technology device has been recognised by the Medipex NHS Innovation Awards and Showcase.