Category Archives: Blog

Why should you attend #ICCHP_AAATE_22? Insights from somebody who’s been there

ICCHP-AAATE, the Joint International Conference on Digital Inclusion, Assistive Technology & Accessibility, is taking place 11-15 July 2022 in beautiful Lecco, Italy. It is the bi-annual gathering of experts in the field of Assistive Technology (AT), (e)Accessibility, Accessible ICT and Digital Accessibility, but also much more than that. Makoto Kobayashi, Prof. at the Tsukuba University of Technology (JP) shares […]

A European Innovation Partnership on Digital Participation?

During the recent EASPD conference The Future is Now: Person Centred Technology to empower people and disability services I launched the idea for the European Commission to facilitate the establishment of a European Innovation Partnership on the Digital Divide. European Innovation Partnerships (EIP’s) are more or less self-organising collaborative ecosystems that without much top-down coordination […]

Sharing 40 years of experience and some thoughts on where the AT sector is going

The pace of change has increased incredibly in the assistive technology sector, just as in all other parts of our society. In these rapidly moving times, experience is a foundation and provides valuable background. It was therefore our particular pleasure to win Björk Pálsdóttir for an interview. Björk has started out as occupational therapist in […]

Connecting to your audience from your research – The 5 x 5 x 500 approach

It is an open secret when writing reports for research or consultancy that the most crucial part is the executive summary. In any project, at some point, it will be agreed that most of the audience will only ever read the executive summary. Research reports are long, complex and time-consuming, and as a result, the […]

ENTELIS+ and the #RightToConnectNow Campaign

Digital skills are crucial to fully participate in today’s life – that was already true before the global pandemic hit and is even more true going forward. While at least in developing countries the accessibility and affordability of ICT devices and online services has markedly improved, we are still lagging behind in providing the necessary […]

Is it time for the bio-psycho-social-tech model? A critical reflection by Luc de Witte

In her editorial in the journal ‘Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology’ [1]. Marcia Scherer raises an interesting issue. She states the technology has become so integrated into all aspects of our daily life that the bio-psycho-social model is no longer sufficient to understand that daily life and to guide interventions that aim to support people […]

It is time for the biopsychosocialtech model by Marcia J. Scherer

The article can be accessed here (it is free to access): The biopsychosocialtech model started for me with the book, Living in the State of Stuck (Scherer, 2005). The individuals in the book informed me of what they experience when technology becomes more and more sophisticated and does more things. Access to it may […]

COVID-19 and education: Use technology for a more inclusive approach by Katerina Mavrou, AAATE President

Inclusive education has been and still is in the core of the battle for educational change towards equal opportunities and non-discrimination for children with disabilities for many years. However, interpretations, policies and educational practices around the world vary, and a number of challenges emerge in developing inclusive educational practices (Haug, 2017). Nevertheless, there is a […]