The Assistive Technology Conference: Empowering Independence
Economic inactivity due to disability or ill health among working age adults costs the UK up to £100 billion a year. According to the charity Scope, investing in assistive technologies and helping one million more disabled people into work could boost the UK economy by up to £45 billion. Assistive technologies is a broad term covering everything from computer software for visually impaired user to advanced prosthetics. Aside from the economic benefits, these new developments can also remove the barriers preventing disabled children from achieving in school and help retired people maintain their independence into old age.
Join us for the Assistive Technology Conference 2018 where leading experts will explain how ground-breaking innovations can close the disability employment gap to the benefit of both workers and employers. Get up close with the very latest assistive technology and learn how it can empower disabled people to be more independent and improve the quality of life for those with long term conditions.
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Topics covered on the day will include:
- The practicalities to moving from small-scale AT pilots to wide-scale implementation: How can the benefits of AT be fully realised?
- Striving for the better integration of assistive technology (AT) across the everyday lives of people who are reliant on it
- Utilising the advances in technology and artificial intelligence to help the visually impaired?
- Understanding how AT is used to improve the lifestyles of disabled people and create equal opportunities
- What role can AT users play in the research, evaluation and improvement of AT?
- What applications does AT have within healthcare, education, employment and recreation?
- Examples of how can AT and accessible software help students overcome learning difficulties such as dyslexia
- How can AT be better integrated with housing to support independence and assist people with care needs?
- What are the training and upskilling needs for those working to develop new AT?
- Educating staff on the benefits of using AT and how it will assist them in their job roles
Who should attend?
Heads of Telecare/Telehealth, Chief Information Officers, Technology Directors, Commissioning Directors, Medical Directors, Heads of Innovation and Development, Heads of IT, Social Care Directors, Social Enterprises, Service Managers, Project Managers and Assisted technology leads and will be drawn from central and local government and the health, voluntary and private sectors.