In MyMachine Flanders & Brussels (Belgium) special education primary schools are yet again involved. This is a great opportunity to work together with Occupational Therapy students at Howest University of Applied Sciences.
Last week the university students started working as designers with primary school students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and/or with behavioural and emotional problems in the participating primary schools Sint-Idesbald in Roeselare and Het Vlot in Ypres. All of this will be in collaboration with the special needs technical secondary school at BuO Sint-Idesbald in Roeselare and technical secondary school VTI Ypres.
For the Occupational Therapy students, MyMachine creates a fascinating context where they are given the opportunity to practice their skills and work out and materialize solutions together with and tailor-made for the children. They will be supported by the Design for (Every)One (D4E1) team at Howest University of Applied Sciences. D4E1 is a Living Lab, created at the intersection of Industrial Product Design and Occupational Therapy. The lab implements open design principles to arrive at inclusive product development.