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Technology trends, challenges and opportunities for Assistive technology: share your views in the WIPO survey by June 19th.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is currently preparing the second issue of its flagship publication Technology Trends which will be dedicated to Assistive Technology and is expected to be published in fall 2020. The report analyzes mainly patent data to identify technology trends, key players and markets in AT, and also includes a chapter […]


Accessible Urban Public Transport: Still a long way to go?

Workshop on standardization activities in the design of inclusive transport AAATE’s Special Interest Group on Standardization and the European project TRIPS organize an online workshop that will be held in the framework of the ICCHP 2020 conference to be held between 9-11 September (exact date of workshop to be decided). Standardisation, if done well, is […]


A New Approach to Designing Transport Systems Free of Mobility Barriers – Interview with ENIL about the TRIPS project

Public transport is a key element in facilitating personal mobility and independent living – both enshrined in the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCPRD)[1] – but only if the public transport systems are accessible. The TRIPS project therefore works on a co-design approach that allows people, disabled by inaccessible environments, […]


Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Thursday, May 21, 2020, marks the ninth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities. Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a community-driven effort and this year, everyone is encouraged to organize virtual events because of COVID 19.


World Blind Union Launches Survey on COVID-19

The World Blind Union (WBU) has developed a short survey to identify challenges faced by blind and partially sighted persons during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.  WBU is undertaking this survey to understand how best to advocate for blind and partially sighted persons to ensure that COVID-19 response strategies are inclusive and accessible.  The survey can […]


Surveys on the impact of the Corona crisis

The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) has launched a survey evaluating how COVID-19 is impacting digital accessibility: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VDX725K. Also Maynooth University has launched a survey under the title: The Impact of COVID-19 on Assistive Technology Use and Provision Survey. Full details of the survey and a consent form are contained within the survey itself. […]


Evidence of Assistive Technology Outcomes & Impact

An International Summit Organised by GAATO and RESNAas part of the 2020 RESNA Conference (USA), July 7-10, 2020 Introduction The field of assistive technology (AT) has often reflected on the outcomes of professional interventions or technology adoption by persons with disabilities or older adults. Tools have been developed and validated by the AT research community […]


Unlocking the human potential – views from the high-level meeting in Bologna

“We can do a lot, but policy makers need to be aware and familiar with the topic of disability and AT.” Download this article here “Change can only happen if all stakeholders are involved, and here today we have them all – represented in the panel and the audience.” With these words Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf, Secretary […]


Standards in support of assistive technology and accessibility – important but hard to find

A report from the AAATE/SIG workshop on “Standardisation” (S13N) in Bologna, August 2019 There is no doubt that standards are important for both assistive and accessible technology (AT). However, it has become very difficult, if not almost impossible to have a good view of all applicable standards. Additionally, not all standards that should include AT […]