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MEDIA RELEASE: The Way Forward in AT

Paris, France, 1st September 2023: The 17h International Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) concluded with a high-level panel chaired by Emma Smith, new board member of AAATE, discussing the way forward in AT, two Diamond Awards and one Best Paper Award.  After listening to many of the presentations over the […]

MEDIA RELEASE: The AT expert community gathering in Paris for #AAATE2023

Paris, France, 30 August 2023: This week, the 17h International Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) is bringing together experts in assistive technology from Europe and the world. With 350 registrants from 45 countries, the conference offers a powerful platform of scientific debate and allows researchers, policy makers, and […]

Preliminary AAATE conference programme online and end of Early Bird fee on 19 June

The AAATE conference is approaching fast. Early Bird tickets are still available until 19 June: Have a look at the reduced fees for AAATE members and members of collaborating organisations, as well as the super reduced fees for students, residents in non-high income countries and persons with disabilities. The preliminary programme is online: […]


Lecco, ITALY, 13 July 2022: WHO’s Chapal Khasnabis is awarded the AAATE Honorary Membership and Prof. Luc de Witte receives AAATE’s Diamond Award. The AAATE Honorary Membership is granted exceptionally by the AAATE Board to people having contributed greatly to the field of assistive technology in Europe and the world, to date only granted to […]

MEDIA RELEASE: Signing of the Lecco Declaration

Lecco, ITALY, 12 July 2022: Today, ENIL, AAATE, and UITP – representing end-users with disabilities, assistive technology experts and public transport providers across Europe, signed the Lecco Declaration. The Lecco Declaration outlines key principles that organizations can build on to implement accessibility and foster an understanding of how to shape future public transport models to […]

MEDIA RELEASE: ICCHP_AAATE_22 kicking off in Lecco

Lecco, ITALY, 13 July 2022: Today the Joint International Conference on Digital Inclusion, Assistive Technology & Accessibility (ICCHP-AAATE) opened its doors to over 400 registered participants in beautiful Lecco, Italy. We were honored to have Giampiero Griffo giving the opening keynote speech. Giampiero is board member of the European Disability Forum (EDF) and was part […]

MEDIA RELEASE: High-Level Meeting on accessible transport in Lecco

Lecco, ITALY, 11 July 2022: As partner in the TRIPS consortium, we are proud to announce the High-Level Meeting on “Moving faster forward towards. Accessible and Inclusive Public Transport for All”, organized in the framework of the pre-conference programme to the Joint International Conference on Digital Inclusion, Assistive Technology & Accessibility (ICCHP-AAATE), held on 11-15 […]

The Global Report on AT at ICCHP-AAATE 2022

The WHO-UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology: Moving forward together Policy session at the ICCHP-AAATE joint conference, 14 July 2022, 14.00-16.00 h. Organised by AAATE and GAATO, in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF On the 16th of May 2022 the first Global Report on Assistive Technology was launched by the WHO and UNICEF. Over 500 […]

High level meeting on accessible and inclusive public transport in the ICCHP-AAATE 2022 preconference programme

The meeting will take place on 12 July 2022 in Lecco (IT) and it will explore the opportunities for speeding up the process of making European public transport fully accessible and inclusive. It will look at good practices, after which a panel of distinguished and representative stakeholders will discuss the challenges ahead. More information.

Two key documents published in May: WHO’s Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT), hand in hand with GAATO’s Report on Grand Challenge on AT Outcomes and Impacts

In May, two important reports were published, underlying the large, unmet need for assistive technology worldwide. WHO UNICEF estimates that over 2.5 billion people in the world would benefit from having one or more assistive products, however access to AT varies between 3% to 90% depending on the country. “Access to appropriate, quality assistive technology […]