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David Banes - Access and Inclusion

Access Technology - Today and Tomorrow

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David Banes Access and Inclusion - Access Technology Today and Tomorrow

My News 

After Six years in Qatar the time has come for me to move on to pastures new. Qatar and this region will always have a special place in my affections, whilst at Mada we achieved much to bring technology to people with a disability, but there remains much to do. Bridging the digital divide is a task that is constant, new technologies and new opportunities help move that agenda forwards every day. In the future I have many plans, but I will continue to offer free and pro bono advice through my social media presence and my website at www.davebanesaccess.org. 

Im delighted to say that we have formed a group of associates with knowledge and skills from across the world with a commitment to see Access and Inclusion enhanced within our own communities and nurtured in newly emerging AT services and approaches across the world. I look forward to continuing to connect to you all and working to continue our shared vision

About Me 

David Banes is Director of David Banes Access and Inclusion Services and was formerly CEO, at Mada the Qatar Assistive Technology and Accessibility Center based in Doha where he has been based worked in Doha for the past six years. He was responsible for developing services to ensure that people with a disability in Qatar are digitally included, and is currently focused on the broad policy framework required to ensure and sustain this.

Prior to taking up his post in Qatar, he worked as a teacher of children with special needs and principal of a major special school before working in the realm of digital Inclusion in the UK and Europe as Director of Operations and Development for a UK NGO.

Mada offers a single point of co-ordination for all activities related to digital and eInclusion in Qatar. Increasingly the centre is also seeking to influence the emerging Access ecosystem in the region promoting cooperation between states and supports the development of assistive technology solutions and digital content that meet the needs of Arabic speaking people with a disability.

His recent work has focused on the development of a framework for the contextualisation of assistive technologies, guidance for the transference of knowledge and skills across communities and  developing a policy framework to protect the rights of people with a disability in Qatar.