About The SAATE
The Assistive Technology EXPO (SAATE) is part of the Assistive Technology Information Mapping Project (AT-Info-Map), a project of the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) in partnership with the University of Washington, the African Network for Evidence-to-Action in Disability (AfriNEAD), and Dimagi, established to map the current availability of different types of AT in ten countries in Southern Africa using a mobile application and web-based database. The project works with local disability organizations to address gaps in AT availability. Attainment of most human rights affecting persons with disabilities may not be achieved without high-quality affordable assistive products and/or information thereof globally.
The SAATE becomes one of the important components of the project seeking to bring together a wide range of practical problem solvers of AT, AT suppliers and service providers from Southern Africa. The event will also aim to facilitate improvements in the AT sector broadly through raising awareness about the need for better AT solutions and/or products.
The SAATE will bring together a wide range of practical problem solvers of AT, including manufacturers, suppliers and service providers from Southern Africa with the overall goal of increasing awareness of different types of AT and where they are available. The SAATE will be held in a series, in different locations (countries).
The first SAATE event will be held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 23 to 25 October 2019. This will be followed by other SAATE events in South Africa and in the UK later in 2020. Details about the other two SAATE events will be available in due course.
However, submission of expression of interest to exhibit AT products for the Namibia event is underway and can be done through an online registration form here. Those who want to present papers or facilitate a workshop, a roundtable, a lecture, or other events can also submit abstracts online here.
The following are the specific objectives;
- To showcase different types of AT by AT manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and other related stakeholders;
- To facilitate improvements in the AT sector broadly through raising awareness about the need for better AT solutions and/or products;
- To become a platform on which different stakeholders - including Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs) â€“ can explore best AT product delivery models for southern Africa;
- Reflect on role of international NGOs and development actors;
- Examine policy and regulations to increase access to appropriate AT, including financing mechanisms; and
- Lastly, but not least, advance local innovations of appropriate AT solutions, products and services
In order to ensure that the SAATE events achieve both the overall goal and the ensuing specific objectives, it is therefore in this context why the events are targeting stakeholders beyond just AT manufacturers and suppliers. Other stakeholders to be involved will include:
- Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs)
- Persons with disabilities or parents of PWDs who are looking to learn more about AT products?
- International Non-governmental organizations that are engaged in AT provision
- Other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
- Key governments officials involved in AT procurement and provision
- Representative from professional associations (e.g., OT, PT, P & O)
- Academic and industry researchers
- The Media