Physical, sensory, and cognitive conditions do exist, but the impediment is a a social invention. It is constructed from the lack of tools that allow the person to use the skills they have to do what they want. So, how do we address this gap? Local design and development of functional and affordable technologies to address diversity are real possibilities; cost-effective, achievable and urgent. This guy is here today to prove it.
Las condiciones (físicas, sensoriales y cognoscitivas) sí existen, pero el impedimento es una construcción social aceptada por consenso. El impedimento se construye a partir de la falta de herramientas que permitan a una persona utilizar las capacidades que tiene para hacer lo que desea. Entonces, ¿cómo atendemos esta carencia de accesibilidad? El diseño y desarrollo local de tecnologías funcionales para atender la diversidad son una posibilidad real, costo-efectiva, alcanzable e impostergable. Este hombre está aquí hoy para demostrárnoslo.
Dr. Mauricio Lizama obtained his degree in psychology from City University of New York and his doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), specializing in the area of Human Factor Engineering. He serves as coordinator of the Unit of Design and Technology Development and directs Rehabilitation Engineering projects of the UPR.
Dr. Lizama has focused on the area of design and development of technology at low cost. In this capacity, Dr. Lizama has developed hundreds of teams, received the Merck Award for Innovation in Science and Engineering and has received six patents for technologies rehabilitation engineering granted by the Government of the United States. Based on his designs, Dr. Lizama has trained hundreds of people all over the world, in workshops manufacturing "high technology at low cost" aimed at creating high quality and priority technology that are real and accessible to those in need.
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