Welcome to AAATE!

Our mission is to foster the role of Αssistive Τechnology (ΑΤ) and inclusive design to create a world where all people can equally enjoy their human rights. 


The AAATE 2023 Conference: Assistive Technology- Shaping a sustainable and inclusive world

Paris, August 28-September 1st, 2023
More info on https://aaate2023.eu

Target groups: researchers, AT practitioners, end users, education providers, policy makers, industry, ….

Topics: The wide range of issues related to technology and disability: technological developments in the field of Assistive Technology, accessibility and universal design, including ambient assisted living (AAL), smart environments and the Internet of Things (IoT) applications, assistive robotics, digital and connected health, virtual and augmented reality, as well as the ethical implications of these new possibilities, data privacy and self-determination of users with disabilities and older people; innovations in AT for cognitive, sensory and motor disabilities; the impact of societal changes that make AT ever more relevant and needed; issues related to AT and education, employment, service delivery, political participation; policy making in all those fields; and the need to provide wider access to AT at global scale.

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“For me the AAATE conferences are an incredible opportunity to stay connected to the developments in the broad field of Technology, disability and ageing. Fantastic people, a great community of different stakeholders working for the same goals. The conference is just part of me and my professional life.”

A participant to the last 7 editions


Previous conferences:

ICCHP – AAATE 2022: A joint Conference on Digital Inclusion, Assistive Technology & Accessibility

July 11-15, 2022. Lecco (Italy)

AAATE 2019: Global Challenges in Assistive Technology: Research, Policy & Practice

August 27-30, 2019. Bologna (Italy)


The Lecco Declaration

the Lecco Declaration on the advancement of inclusive public transport was signed and released by AAATE, ENIL and UITP.

Read and endorse the Declaration!


Our vision and mission

The Association for the advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) is happy to share its updated Vision and Mission statements.

VISION 

We envision an inclusive society where assistive and accessible mainstream technologies and universally designed products and services have levelled differences between people in terms of access to opportunities to live the lives they desire. 

AAATE wants to be an active player and interdisciplinary collaborative platform uniting organisations and individuals that want to collaborate in making that vision come true.  

MISSION

Our mission is to foster the role of Αssistive Τechnology (ΑΤ) and inclusive design to create a world where all people can equally enjoy their human rights. 

We aim to realise this mission by: 

  • Connecting a variety of stakeholders (people with disabilities of all ages, policymakers, care and technical professionals, industry researchers, educators) in Europe and beyond to collaborate adopting a human rights approach to assistive technology. 
  • Participating actively in the scientific, political, and cultural debate about the role of technology in creating more inclusive societies in Europe and worldwide.
  • Promoting the collaboration of stakeholders to acknowledge responsibility for the development of quality AT service delivery frameworks and educational programmes.
  • Fostering the integration of quality AT products, services and methodologies in European policy, practice, research, and education by producing context-specific information, coaching and training.
  • Initiating projects to promote socially responsive and responsible research in the field of Αssistive Τechnology, aiming at removing barriers and enabling participation.
  • Collecting and disseminating outcomes of European and international research and best practices in Αssistive Τechnology developments.
  • Providing opportunities for access to quality information on Assistive Technology and its provision processes.
  • Providing opportunities for participation in knowledge development and lifelong learning regarding the multifaceted aspects of technology and disability. 

CORE VALUES

The core values of AAATE are:

Human-centredness:  AAATE envisions a world where, Αssistive Τechnology, universal design and accessibility are significant enablers for people to claim and to realize their rights.  

Inclusiveness: AAATE actively seeks to promote diversity and equal opportunity for all members and stakeholders in the field of Assistive technology, irrespective of social and cultural background, gender, age, sexual orientation, or cause of disability. 

Social responsiveness: AAATE strives to respond to social challenges and to remove barriers to the empowering function of technology for individuals, communities, and inclusive societies. 

Interdisciplinarity: AAATE values collaboration across disciplines, both within the Association, as well as across institutions and membership, actively seeking to build networks that exceed the European context.

Collaboration: AAATE strives to maintain open avenues of communication, collaboration, and engagement with the society at large, and other international umbrella organizations in particular, aiming to make a contribution to addressing global challenges.



Covid-19 resources

A repository of selected guidelines, tools and position papers regarding the impact of the Corona crisis on assistive technology users and services.


The Bologna Declaration

The Bologna declaration is available in English, Français, Español, Italiano, Português, Ελληνικά (greek), Nederlands and 日本語 (japanese).
Endorsement counter : 694 persons / 156 organisations


AAATE calls upon all European governments to endorse the draft resolution EB142/CONF./2 “Improving access to assistive technology”
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