About The AT EXPO
Find Better AT Solutions & Build Better AT Products
Whether it is the event in Namibia, or South Africa, or UK, the Assistive Technology EXPO (SAATE) is part of the Assistive Technology Information Mapping Project (AT-Info-Map), a project of the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) in partnership with the University of Washington, the African Network for Evidence–to–Action in Disability (AfriNEAD), and Dimagi, established to map the current availability of different types of AT in ten countries in Southern Africa using a mobile application and web-based database. The projetcs works with local disability organizations to address gaps in AT availability. Attainment of most human rights affecting persons with disabilities may not be achieved without high-quality affordable assistive products and/or information thereof globally.
The SAATE becomes one of the important components of the project seeking to bring together a wide range of practical problem solvers of AT, AT suppliers and service providers from Southern Africa. The event will also aim to facilitate improvements in the AT sector broadly through raising awareness about the need for better AT solutions and/or products. The first SAATE event will be held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 18 to 20 September 2019, and registration to exhibit AT products in Namibia is underway while those who want to present papers or facilitate a workshop, roundtable or other events can also submit abstracts online by 30 April 2019. More details about the other two SAATE events South Africa and UK, repectively, will be available in due course.
- Right to AT for inclusive education
- Right to AT for inclusive employment (formal and informal)
- Right to AT for home living (daily living aids, adaptive environments)
- Right to AT for community living (moving about, accessible buildings, transportation, voting, recreation)
- Right to AT for access to criminal justice system (police, courts)
- Right to AT for arts, crafts and other creative expressions
BRING YOUR AT PRODUCTS TO LIGHT AT THE SOUTHERN AFRICA ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY EXPO
Assistive Technology (AT) includes a wide range of technology products that are used to support persons with disabilities as they work, learn, play and live in their communities. Some examples of AT include: crutches, wheelchairs, ramps, hearing aids, Braille printers, adaptive software, communication devices, just to mention a few.
The SAATE does not only seek to showcase different types of AT but also to become a platform on which different stakeholders - including Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs) - can explore best AT product delivery models for southern Africa; reflect on role of international NGOs and development actors; examine policy and regulations to increase access, including financing mechanisms; and most importantly advance local innovations of appropriate AT solutions, products and services. It is, therefore, in this context why the AT EXPO is targeting stakeholders beyond just AT suppliers.
REGISTER TO EXHIBIT
Are you an AT manufacturer, supplier, or service provider interested to showcase the AT that you are involved in? Do you want to demonstrate how the AT can enhance the independent living for persons with disabilities–especially in a Southern African environment– to a wide audience consisting of persons with disabilities and their families, Governments’ AT procurement personnel, NGOs, etc?
Here is a rare opportunity to do so!
You can participate either for free or as a premium exhibitor either at the Namibia event, or South Africa event, or even at the UK event. All you are required to do is to ensure that your AT(s) fall in any of the six Thematic Areas. ATs designed for the Southern Africa environment will be given higher priority. Locally designed or manufactured ATs will be given the highest priority.
SAFOD is calling for individuals, preferably recent graduates, to help with managing the AT EXPO on a daily basis throughout the whole period of the event. Most importantly, we are looking for young volunteers who are already resident in Windhoek for the September event in Namibia,or those in Gauteng for the November event in South Africa, to perform different tasks. We'll soon confirm dates for the UK event and make further announcements accordingly.