First stage of works for the Uberlândia assistive technology center should be delivered in 2023 – Diário de Uberlândia


CNT will be built on UFU’s Glória Campus; first stage is budgeted at R$11 million I Photo: MILTON SANTOS

Uberlândia will be able to count, in early 2023, with the first activities of the National Center for Technologies for People with Disabilities and Rare Diseases (CNT-MCTI). The works for the construction of the space, which will operate in an area of ​​1,300 m², on Campus Glória, at the Federal University of Uberlândia, are scheduled to begin this month.

In the last week of August, representatives of the Secretariat of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (SEMPI), of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI), received the coordinator of the Brazilian Center of Reference in Technological Innovations for Paralympic Sports (CINTESP.Br/UFU) , Cleudmar Amaral, who delivered a model of what will be the National Center for Technologies for People with Disabilities and Rare Diseases (CNT).

The project, which will be linked to the Brazilian Center of Reference in Technological Innovations for Paralympic Sports (Cintesp.Br) of the UFU, was launched more than two years ago and budgeted at R$ 36 million. For the first phase, the implementation of the CNT-MCTI, the release of R$ 11 million has already been approved, coming from the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FNDCT). The work must be completed in 18 months.

“Still in September the agreement will be signed and the forecast is that these resources will be in the University Support Foundation of the UFU later this month. With the entry of resources, I believe that the entire execution of the project will start automatically. 2023, in March, we will inaugurate the first phases of the system, 1, 2 and 3”, said Cleudmar.

Assistive technology groups devices, techniques and processes that can provide assistance and rehabilitation and improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, rare diseases or reduced mobility.

When in activity, the CNT-MCTI will be a tool for the development of health, leisure, daily life, occupational and sports dimensions, providing well-being, autonomy and inclusion for people with disabilities, reduced mobility and rare diseases. .

“It will be a specialized center to develop innovations in assistive technology. It will be formed by a network of laboratories, initially planned to be 10 state-of-the-art, associated with an environment of entrepreneurship that aims to integrate different collaborative networks in Brazil, made up of various professionals, public and private institutions, academia and those interested in the topic.” , added Cleudmar.

Even being managed by the higher levels of the UFU, linked to the rectory, pro-rectors of Research and Extension and that of Extension and Culture, together with the MCTI, MDH and Health, but with an open structure, the CNT must increasingly attract more partners, since, according to Cleudmar, its mission is noble.

“We have catalogs of assistive technology products in Brazil, but we understand that the mission is to bring these technologies, seeking to reduce costs, to people with disabilities, reduced mobility and rare diseases, it is an arduous mission, mainly due to the specificities of these technologies, which are personalized”.

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WORK FORECAST
According to Cleudmar, the planning for the construction of the center will be carried out by professionals from the UFU and the higher levels of the university, with an initial forecast that, with the initial resources, phases 1, 2 and 3 will be carried out, which are the first laboratories implemented within of this network of 10. The forecast is that the entire work, planned in five phases, will be carried out in sequence.

“As the structures of the initial phases will be made through elaborate, state-of-the-art containers, deployment is facilitated. Of course, it depends on the supply of these containers, the structuring, the contracting of third-party services. This is a plan that will be done as soon as the funds are received”.

The coordinator also said that there is a forecast that the CNT will be sustainable in five years after its inauguration and, until then, the MCTI and the other ministries, in addition to other actions to search for resources, will help in the management of people, using of scholarships, so that the activities can be developed.

REFERENCE
CINTESP.Br/UFU is a reference in the development of innovations in assistive technology aimed at Paralympic sport and has been working to seek direct solutions to the demands of Paralympic athletes and the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB).

The projects are financed by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and the Public Ministry of Labor (MPT/Uberlândia-MG). The way of working in a collaborative, multidisciplinary network and in partnerships strengthens research, accelerates processes and brings researchers closer to society.

In Uberlândia, the projects take place together with the Municipality of Uberlândia through the Uberlandense Foundation for Tourism, Sport and Leisure (Futel), the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB), Praia Clube de Uberlândia, Grupo Algar, Algar Telecom and Brain Institute of Science and Technology, and Sesi Gravatás (Fiemg).

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