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RESKO Conference in Korea

Both Luc de Witte and Evert Jan Hoogerwerf participated in the annual conference of the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of Korea (RESKO). Luc represented the AAATE and Evert Jan the recently established Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organisations (GAATO). RESKO is the Korean ‘sister organisation’ of AAATE and both AAATE and RESKO are among the initiators […]


From International to Global; 1st General Assembly of the Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organizations (GAATO)

27 July 2019 Bologna, Italy: “Never has there been so much attention on assistive technology than right now.” With these words Roger Smith, past president of RESNA opened the first official General Assembly of the Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organizations (GAATO). The seeds for GAATO were laid in 2000, when 4 organizations (AAATE, ARATA, […]


“Global Challenges in Assistive Technology” – 15th international AAATE conference to be hosted by the world’s oldest university in Bologna, Italy, 27-30 August 2019

Bologna, Italy: From the high-level meeting on “Unlocking the human potential”, kicking off the pre-conference programme, to over 230 scientific contributions, educational and policy sessions, the 15th AAATE conference promises intensive exchange, passionate discussions, new solutions and priorities for the next 12-24 months in the assistive technology sector. At the core of the conference is […]


“We are at an amazing moment in the history of the #AT sector” – 2 weeks to #AAATE2019

Barely 2 weeks to go to our gathering of over 300 assistive technology experts for #AAATE2019 in Bologna. Helping us to prepare for the conference is Dr. Natasha Layton, president of the Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) and member of #AAATE2019’s scientific committee. She shares insights and expectations for the AT sector and […]


“The AT service delivery part is where we need to focus our efforts”

Only 4 weeks to go until the #AAATE2019 Congress in Bologna. In the run-up to this gathering of over 300 international assistive technology experts, Dr. Marcia Scherer gave us some insights into her extensive experience in the AT sector and her expectations for #AAATE2019. Marcia is a rehabilitation psychologist and founding President of the Institute […]


“Involve AT users as the lead drivers of change”

In the run-up to #AAATE2019, we have done a quick round of questions with María Luisa Toro Hernández from the Universidad CES (Colombia) and member of the conference’s scientific committee. We are happy about the opportunity to share insights and expectations from all corners of the globe.   Can you give us a quick overview […]


“Learning about new ideas and exploring new collaborations in Assistive Technology” – a scientific committee member of #AAATE2019 shares her expectations for the gathering of 300+ AT experts in Bologna this August

From 27-30 August, the AAATE 2019 Conference brings together researchers and practitioners from academia, service providers and industry to discuss the latest innovations and visionary ideas in the field of assistive technology (AT) in its broadest sense. In the run-up to the conference, we have asked one of our scientific committee members, E.A. Draffan from […]


Report from COSP12 conference in New York

On behalf of the AAATE, I participated in the COSP12 conference in New York. COSP is the annual conference of States Parties to the CRPD, the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. More than 400 people from all over the world gather in the main building of the United Nations to discuss the […]


AAATE General Assembly 2019

Dear members of AAATE, Please find here an invitation to attend the General Assembly that will be held in Bologna (Italy) on the 29th of August, starting at 17.00. The Assembly will take place in the 2019 AAATE Conference venue, the Belmeloro building of the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Via Beniamino Andreatta 8. […]


Call for collaboration: Global Challenges require Global Action

Towards a Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organisations  Assistive technology (AT) is an essential solution for millions of people, yet there are significant global challenges to providing these technologies. Some of these challenges are unique, but many more are shared across nations and cultures.  We, six AT professional organisations (AAATE, ARATA, RESJA, RESNA, RESKO and […]