Access and Inclusion Services Access Technology Today and Tomorrow
Its been a great first year for us so far, with a range of work ongoing. In 2017 the outlook looks very exciting. I started the year in Pakistan presenting on AAC and young people with communication difficulties in Islamabad, I then flew to Orlando in my capacity as International Ambassador for ATIA. in Orlando, I worked with a number of international delegates to help ensure they got the most from the event. It was great meeting and working with you all.
Looking ahead I will be continuing my work on supporting refugees with a disability and will be in Doha and Amman this month to seek to ensure that they are not forgotten in initiatives. Ill also be in Sharjah in march for the ATTopia event where I will be speaking on innovation, technology and special needs.
I often attend and speak at conferences related to research and projects that I am engaged in. I am currently confirmed to attend
Zero Project - Vienna (Austria) - Feb 22-24 2017
NLG EDTech Summit - Amman (Jordan) - March 1-2 2017
ATTopia - Sharjah (UAE) - March 9-11 2017
Accessible Qatar - Doha (Qatar) May 8-9 2017
m-enabling 2017 - Washington DC (US) - 12-14 June 2017
AAATE - Sheffield (UK) - Sept 11-15
I look forward to meeting and connecting with you there
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.
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- Free and Low Cost Assistive Technology of the Week 11/17 - One Switch Games - Windows - https://t.co/z5s9o9sfEk
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