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David Banes

​Director, David Banes Access and Inclusion Services ​and Board Member, DATEurope

David Banes is an independent consultant with over 30 years experience of supporting access and inclusion through technology. He is a Board Member at DATEurope. David is also former CEO of Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Center) and works extensively across the world supporting the implementation of assistive technologies. He has a particular interest in supporting the needs of refugees and those in Low and Medium income countries and the potential of emerging technologies.

Related blogs of David Banes

01 March 2021

The recently formed association for Digital Assistive Technology across Europe (DATEurope) recognizes the need for a coherent voice for European stakeholders. In many countries, there has been no mechanism by which the industry collectively is represented. While there are effective and valued organi... Read More

13 July 2020

Necessity is the Mother of Invention: There are many challenges faced by services as demand increases and budgets are constrained. Historical responses have been incremental, not necessarily positive, perhaps at times closer to ‘death by 1000 cuts’ rather than genuine innovation driven by disruptive... Read More

03 September 2019

In many cases, the traditional role of Assistive Technology (AT) specialists has been to discover and assimilate information about persons with disabilities. They then map their knowledge of technology, more specifically, access technologies and provide recommendations. This process of assessment an... Read More

08 May 2019

Bruce Springsteen once wrote “57 channels..and nothing on” - an indictment of cable TV when quantity of programming seemed more important than quality. It might need updating in 2019 when we think about accessibility to “1001 channels..and something on each one!”This random thought floated in my hea... Read More

19 February 2019

In this series of blogs around the creation and maintenance of the assistive technology ecosystem, David Banes will explore some of the areas of activity that when integrated and delivered, support the implementation of Assistive Technology (AT). In this first blog, we think about “awareness.” ... Read More