Find Better AT Solutions & Build Better AT Products
With the main theme, "Wake up and do it for yourself: To promote and advance local AT solutions for Southern Africa," the Southern Africa 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 and the African Network for Evidence–to–Action in Disability (AfriNEAD), 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.
Whether it is the event in Namibia, or South Africa, or UK, the SAATE becomes an important component of the project seeking to bring together practical problem solvers, AT suppliers and service providers from Southern Africa and beyond. 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 particularly in Southern Africa. The first SAATE event will be held at Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre in Windhoek, Namibia, from 23 to 25 October 2019, and registration to exhibit AT products in Namibia for both free and premium exhibitors is underway while those who want to present papers or facilitate a workshop, roundtable lecture, or other events can also submit abstracts online by 31 May 2019. In addition, those interested to view the exhibitions, or participate in assistive technology workshops, roundtables, lectures, and/or other side events can buy tickets here. More details about the other two SAATE events in South Africa and UK, respectively, will be available in due course.
- Right to AT for inclusive education
- Right to AT for inclusive employment (formal and informal)
- Right to AT for home living (daily living aids, adaptive environments)
- Right to AT for community living (moving about, accessible buildings, transportation, voting, recreation)
- Right to AT for access to criminal justice system (police, courts)
- Right to AT for arts, crafts and other creative expressions
BRING YOUR AT PRODUCTS TO LIGHT AT THE SAATE
Assistive Technology (AT) includes a wide range of technology products that are used to support persons with disabilities as they work, learn, play and live in their communities. Some examples of AT include: crutches, wheelchairs, ramps, hearing aids, Braille printers, adaptive software, communication devices, just to mention a few.
The SAATE does not only seek to showcase different types of AT but also to become a platform on which different stakeholders - including Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs) - 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, including financing mechanisms; and most importantly advance local innovations of appropriate AT solutions, products and services. It is, therefore, in this context why the SAATE is targeting stakeholders beyond just AT suppliers.
REGISTER TO EXHIBIT
Are you an AT manufacturer, supplier, or service provider interested to showcase the AT that you are involved in? Do you want to demonstrate how the AT can enhance the independent living for persons with disabilities–especially in a Southern African environment– to a wide audience consisting of persons with disabilities and their families, Governments’ AT procurement personnel, NGOs, etc?
Here is a rare opportunity to do so!
You can participate either for free or as a premium exhibitor either at the Namibia event, or South Africa event, or even at the UK event. All you are required to do is to ensure that your AT(s) fall in any of the six Thematic Areas. ATs designed for the Southern Africa environment will be given higher priority. Locally designed or manufactured ATs will be given the highest priority.
SAFOD is calling for individuals, preferably recent graduates, to help with managing the SAATE on a daily basis throughout the whole period of the event. Most importantly, we are looking for young volunteers who are already resident in Windhoek for the September event in Namibia,or those in Gauteng for the November event in South Africa, to perform different tasks. We'll soon confirm dates for the UK event and make further announcements accordingly.
ABOUT THE VENUE
The Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre is the Namibia’s largest Conference Centre situated in the Capital City, Windhoek. This magnificent state-of-the-art Conference Centre offers sixteen venues of different sizes which can be flexibly configured for any conference or banqueting requirements ranging from 10 to 2400 participants. Situated on the Ground Floor and the Lower Ground Floor in the Safari Court Hotel, 12 more venues of different sizes can accommodate between 10 and 90 delegates. Adjacent to the Beergarden of Hotel Safari is a beautiful venue which can be divided in two of which one hall opens up on a patio towards the pool and the garden with 2 smaller boardroom-like venues and one larger hall with pre-assembly area.
The venue is more than enough not only to host an exhibition (expo) of assistive technology products categorized into six thematic areas, but to also concurrently host smaller workshops, round-tables and/or lectures (with approximately eight break-away sessions of about 50 participants each), together attracting more than 500 delegates from within and outside Southern Africa. More information about the venue set-up, flow-chart and other related information such as accommodation options available for our delegates, please click below.