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Spain's Institute of Robotics for Dependency (IRD), which launched the Laundry ID project, hopes that the Prize will help ensure that people with disabilities and their carers can make the most of what robotics and assistive technology have to offer, in order to become actively involved in the labour market.

EESC Info: Please explain what receiving this prize means for you and your organisation.

Laundry ID: Being awarded the EESC Civil Prize is above all a great honour. The award gives us the prestige, recognition and credibility that a newly created organisation like ours needs to strengthen its future. It helps to consolidate our trajectory and is an important platform for publicising the existence of an ergonomic, eco-friendly, adapted, low-cost and inclusive laundry model at European level, which facilitates greater labour market inclusion through the use of technology in fully adapted laundries.

What advice would you give to other organisations in terms of achieving results with such activities and programmes?

Innovation must come from the real needs of dependent individuals, their families, professional caregivers and their organisations. At the Institute of Robotics for Dependency, we want to give a boost to innovation so these stakeholders can take advantage of the solutions that robotics and state-of-the-art assistive technology can offer. We encourage everybody to innovate, in order to bring to the sector the solutions we all still need to face the community's daily challenges.

How will you use this specific funding to provide further help in the community?

We are working on a number of interesting projects that need further funding for their completion, such as:

  • “AutonoMe”, emotion recognition amongst people with intellectual disabilities,
  • “Never Alone”, a telecare platform to coordinate service providers, and
  • “DeliveryBot”, a low-cost fleet of transport robots for small facilities.