An Investigation into an Internet of Things (IoT) Framework for Improving the Quality of Life of People with Autism in Low Income Countries
Objectives: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the potential of an Internet of Things (IoT) framework in delivering services and improving the quality of lives of people with autism and their families in low-income countries. In particular, this work aims to define the areas in which such framework can help, the services that can be delivered, the associated costs, and the possible challenges.
Methods: A framework is developed based on existing literature, available technologies, and needs assessments of people with autism and their families. Detailed design and associated components are discussed through panels of experts and volunteer families in multiple countries. Qualitative data is collected and presented based on discussions, surveys, and feedback.
Results: This is an ongoing investigation. The framework and associated approaches, devices, and outcomes of the assessment are expected to be complete in February 2016.
Conclusions: The results from this study are expected to highlight the potential benefits of the Internet of Things Framework for serving as means of delivering services and improving the quality of life of people with autism and their families