REF 2021 Impact Case Study: Mobility and higher quality of life for children with disabilities


Description of impact

Over 2000 children and young people with disabilities in the UK have gained improved mobility and higher quality of life from 2013-2020 through adopting mobility devices underpinned by University of Portsmouth (UoP) research into assistive technology for powered-wheelchairs and disabled users. Other impacts include over GBP250,000 per year savings and professional services identifying powered-wheelchairs as an option more frequently and for children with a wider range of disabilities. These new systems allow some to use wheelchairs for the first time owing to new artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed at UoP, which learns about the user’s capabilities and adapts to changing trends and needs.
Impact statusClosed
Impact date20132020


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