Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe

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"to stimulate the advancement of assistive technology for the benefit of people with disabilities, including elderly people"

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Portrait Gert-Jan Gelderblom

† Gert Jan Gelderblom, President-Elect 
It is with deep sentiments that we have to share the information that our President-Elect, journal editor, board member, long lasting supporter and friend, Gert Jan Gelderblom suddenly passed away on the 30st of December 2014.
We would like to express our condolence with Gert Jan's family and we wish them strength in the following days. In our minds we are with them in having to realise this incredible loss.
Our warmest feelings are also with all colleagues of Gert Jan and the team at Zuyd University, with whom we feel such a strong vicinity.
Our field looses one of its founders and pioneers, a brilliant forward thinking and pushing expert and our Association an inspiring board member and future president.
We all loose a dear friend and we will miss you tremendously. 
The Board of AAATE
Past Presidents of AAATE


Visit and contribute to the AAATE Condolence Register for Gert Jan.




WHO Workshop: In April 27-29 2015 AAATE was present at a workshop organised by the WHO GATE Initiative and the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation. The goal of the workshop was to make a first draft of a list of priority assistive technology. The WHO intends to recommend member countries to provide or subsidise the assistive technology from the list to citizens.
Similar workshops will be held in other continents and referrals with experts will be done before the list will be published or decided on by the WHO general assembly.
In the workshop, a tentative list was presented to participants who were told to add any important AT that was missing. After that prioritised AT were chosen by votes. For the AT that had the highest votes, participants worked in small groups to name them properly, describe them and identify whether they would need referral to professionals our handed out by community workers who are given shorter training.
The AAATE board prepared a position memo to assist the WHO in prioritizing for the list of priority assistive technology.

First ENTELIS seminar, Bologna November 26-27 2014. The Seminar was organised within the ENTELIS project (European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society), partially funded by the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning Programme. Its full title is "Supporting the development of digital skills of persons with disabilities of all ages: policies, strategies and tools".
The proceedings will be available soon on the ENTELIS website

AAATE Workshop 2014: Education in “Care and Assistive Technology”, Heerlen, The Netherlands, May 22 and 23 2014 (A brief report on he workshop can be found here.)

The Journal of Assistive Technologies is planning a special issue in 2014 on research relating to the use of assistive technology for any life benefit by people living with dementia. The call for papers can be found following this link.

A successful conference: AAATE conference 2013: Vilamoura, Algarve - Portugal, September 19-22, 2013

Assistive Technology and Development A message to the UN General Assembly

AAATE is partner in the eAccess+ project focusing on implementaiton of eAccessibility.
AAATE is partner in the ETNA project focusing on a European Web Portal on Assistive products.

AAATE supports in eAccess+ the online symposion for R&D in Web Accessiblity. More at: