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“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 […]


“Global Challenges in Assistive Technology” – Over 200 scientific contributions in 5 parallel tracks over 2.5 days

AAATE 2019 conference, Bologna, Italy, 27-30 August 2019 We have passed the first milestone in the preparation for the AAATE 2019 Conference: our call for papers closed with the submission of over 200 scientific contributions covering a wide range of topics around assistive technology. The abstracts are currently being reviewed by our scientific committee composed […]


Call for Interest for joining the AAATE/SIG collaborative platform for information on standards and standardization activities

Why do we need a collaborative platform for information on standards and standardization activities? Developments in legislation and technology make it imperative for assistive technology (AT) related experts, institutions, organizations, enterprises, etc. to have appropriate knowledge about pertinent standards for the sector and ongoing standardization activities. Nevertheless the right information is difficult to obtain. AT/Accessibility […]


“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

Press Release November 2018 Bologna, Italy: For the 15th time, the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) is inviting assistive technology (AT) experts, researchers, manufacturers, providers, professionals and end users of AT and everyone who works in a field where AT is deployed, to come together and discuss the global challenges […]


Gaps as wide as the Grand Canyon

The technological evolution in assistive technology (AT) over the past 20 years has been as stunning as the evolution in consumer electronics. However, the availability and provision of these technologies lags behind and while in some countries AT is increasingly high-tech, people in other countries do not have access to the even most basic tools. […]


Excellence in the Process of AT Provision – Workshop Executive Summary

Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria July 10, 2018 Proceedings   In July 2018, a group of experts met in Linz, Austria, for AAATE’s workshop dedicated to discussing ways to ensure excellence in assistive technology provision. The objective was to draw parallels across education/employment, social and health contexts and to deduct what is needed for providing […]