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G3ict Presents at ATIA 2014 Orlando

  • Orlando, Florida, USA
  • January 28 - February 01, 2014
  • Venue: Caribe Royale All-Suites Resort & Convention Center
  • G3ict Session: January 30, 2014 | Time: 2:20 - 3:20 p.m.
Global Trends in Assistive Technologies:

The expansion of assistive technologies policies and programs around the world is driven by the confluence of powerful trends:

  • The rapid rate of adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by most countries
  • Global IT market forces generating unprecedented economies of scale 

This session will be dedicated to documenting those global trends and explore how they create new challenges and opportunities for Assistive Technology users, professionals and vendors.

The latest data collected by G3ict on AT policies and adoption around the world will be shared with participants as well as case studies in deploying AT programs in international markets and in the United States. Panelists will discuss the scope and impact on their activities of current patterns and how they may affect AT users and professionals across the board. A particular focus will be on how new technology around the world is transforming the deployment of ATs in Education and for workplace accommodation. Panelists will share examples derived from their experience as heads of large AT centers, educators and as industry executives promoting ICT accessibility and assistive solutions for their employees and customers.   

The session will allow for an interactive dialogue with audience after panelists have shared their remarks.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the scope of the growth of Assistive Technologies internationally
  2. Analyze how new technologies influence the assessment, procurement and delivery mechanisms for Assistive Technologies around the world
  3. Understand how those global patterns may influence AT users and professionals in the United States

Speakers at G3ict Session:

  • David Banes is CEO of the Mada Center, Qatar Assistive Technology and Accessibility Center based in Doha in the state of Qatar. He has worked in Doha for the past two years, firstly as Deputy CEO and more recently as CEO and has been charged with developing services to ensure that people with a disability in Qatar are digitally included. Prior to taking up his post in Qatar, he worked as a teacher of people with special needs and principal of a school before working in the realm of digital Inclusion in the UK and Europe as Director of Operations and Development for a UK NGO. He writes regularly in the area and was recently featured on Anthony Salcitos “Global leaders in Education”
  • David Dikter is CEO of the David Dikter is the CEO of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA).  ATIA’s mission is to serve as the collective voice of the Assistive Technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities. ATIA represents the interests of its members to business, government, education, and the many agencies that serve people with disabilities. David manages the overall mission and operation of ATIA. 
  • Amy S. Goldman is the Associate Director, of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University; and Program Director, Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology. Her portfolio includes the Institute's assistive technology (AT) - related services and supports, including Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology, the Assistive Technology Lending Library, Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Supports (ACES) and the Telecommunication Device Distribution Program. Ms. Goldman serves as the manager of the emergency preparedness and reuse initiative of the national Pass It On Center. As a licensed speech-language pathologist, she has many years of practice in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and she recently completed her term as chair of the steering committee of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group on AAC.
  • Pina d’Intino, Senior Manager at Scotiabank since 1997, is responsible for IT procurement, forecast, inventory management, business case reviews, contract reviews and negotiation, service level agreements, accessibility roadmaps and mandate, testing and review of project scopes.  A leading advocate for persons with disabilities in Canada, Pina d’Intino was honored with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal.  She serves as the Secretary of the Board of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals and as Chair of the G3ict Financial Services Accessibility program.  Pina d’Intino has helped OCAD University develop the DEEP Conference and White Papers which are aimed at Designing Enabling Economies and Policies.
  • Axel Leblois is the Founder and President & Executive Director of G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive Technologies, an Advocacy Initiative of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development.  G3ict is the leading global resource for policy makers, the private sector and advocacy organizations involved in the implementation of the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities relative to accessible ICTs and Assistive Technologies Prior to founding G3ict, Axel Leblois spent over 20 years as CEO of several information technology companies in the United States. He served as a Senior Fellow of UNITAR, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, and is a founding trustee and treasurer of its North American affiliate CIFAL Atlanta. 

For more information, please visit event website at http://www.atia.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4449.