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Gerardo Herrera

Director, Assistive Technology lab for autism, Robotics Institute, University of Valencia, Spain

Gerardo Herrera, MSc, is the responsible of the Autism & IT Group at the IRTIC Technological Institute.  He has a Degree in Computer Science from the University of Valladolid and holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from the University of Valencia. He founded the Autism Group in 1999 and since then he has directed more than 40 IT R&D projects for people with disabilities. He is member of the COST Action BM 1004 Enhancing the Scientific Study of Early Autism (ESSEA), where he participates actively in the Work Group for “Application of novel methods for studying young children and infants”. He is director of the INDRA “Accessible Technologies” Chair at the University of Valencia. He has published widely on IT for people at risk of exclusion. Gerardo is the founder of Autismo Avila and current President of Autismo Avila, member of the executive board of the National Society for Autism (Autismo España) from 2002 to 2006 and of the Spanish Society of Autism Professionals.

Presentation Title: Innovative technologies for autism: the importance of tailored approaches and interfaces

Summary: There are as many types of autism as there are people with autism. Therefore interfaces and intervention approaches should be tailored for each  individual. Within this communication, available evidence and work from ongoing global initiatives and projects will be reviewed in this regard, considering how inclusive and person-centered design is contributing to this aim and exploring possible priorities and future steps.