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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 […]


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 […]