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Jan 26 - Public Forum: AT Centers Leadership Network

“AT Centers Leadership Network”
~ Public Forum ~

A Session Organized by G3ict in cooperation with:

Mada - Qatar Assistive Technology Center

ATIA - Assistive Technology Industry Association

Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 12:00 noon - 2:00 PM
ATIA 2012 Orlando Conference
Caribe Royale Orlando All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center

Participant Resources:

Network Overview
AT Centers Leadership Network Members' Charter
In the press: Expert discuss ways to promote assistive technolgy (Doha Press, source: Gulf Times, 09/20/2011)

12:00 p.m. - Greetings and introductions (David Banes, Mada, Qatar Assistive Technology Center)
12:10 p.m. - CRPD background on ATs (Axel Leblois, G3ict)
12:30 p.m. - AT Centers Leadership Network Charter (Lou Orslene, U.S. DOL/JAN, Job Accommodation Network)
12:45 p.m. - AT Centers Leadership Network: Mission, membership, objectives and activities (Evert –Jan Hoogerwerf, Emilia Romagna’s Regional Center for Assistive Technology – Italy)
1:00 p.m. - Perspectives from members, Q&As and open discussion
1:30 p.m. - Next steps and conclusions
2:00 p.m. - Adjournment

If you are responsible for an Assistive Technology (AT) Center anywhere in the world,
come to share your experiences in promoting innovations, good practices and supportive public policies and programs!

Why does it Matter to your Organization?

National policies and programs promoting assistive technologies are an essential component of the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, now signed by 153 countries.  To be effective, those policies and programs need to rely on the expertise and support of national centers of excellence serving multiple stakeholders in education, employment, recreational activities and rehabilitation. Those centers have the most experience and understanding of how to best implement policies and programs in support of assistive technologies. However, such knowledge is not leveraged at an international level and, while most of those centers have developed innovative and often unique ways to promote ATs and support their stakeholders, limited systematic exchanges of best practices exist to further enhance their success and ability to support national policies and programs.

The AT Centers Leadership Network was formally launched in September 2011 in Doha, Qatar as a collaborative effort by G3ict and Mada – Qatar Assistive Technology Center – aiming at developing a network of such AT national expertise centers, in order to:

1.      Create a venue and methodology to share successful programs and practical experiences among themselves

2.      Solicit their feedback on policies, best practices, and programs in support of ATs which CRPD  States Parties should consider implementing

3.      Explore leading edge information technology solutions and related implementation challenges and opportunities

4.      Identify regional leaders and spokespersons to disseminate, share, and collaborate within a region

What Will You Gain in Participating in this Session?

The Session will provide you with:

o   An overview of the leadership role of AT Centers around the world

o   A description on the role to be performed by the Forum

o   An outline of type of activities

o   A review of the AT Centers of Excellence CRPD Charter

o   A profile of membership and MOU for interested centers

o   An opportunity for open discussion, expressions of interest

Founding Organizations (Inaugural Briefing in Doha, Qatar - Sept 2011):

·         G3ict – Global Initiative for Inclusive Technologies

·         Mada - Qatar Assistive Technology Center

·         ATIA - Assistive Technology Industry Association     

·         Technosite - ONCE Foundation (Spain)         

·         U.S. DOL / JAN Job Network Accommodation

·         Emilia Romagna’s Regional Centre for Assistive Technology (Italy)

·         Society for the Physically Disabled (Singapore)

·         BarrierBreak Technologies | Net Systems Informatics (India)                                               

·         IBM - Human Ability and Accessibility Center                                                   

Network Coordinator:

·          Francesca Cesa Bianchi, External Relations Director, G3ict

RSVP to the Jan 26 Public Forum: vamontenegro@g3ict.org / Call: + 1 404-992-3310
When registering, please indicate your name, title, organization, email, phone number.

Participant Resources
Network Overview (PowerPoint presentation, January 2012)
AT Centers Leadership Network Members' Charter
In the News
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