Find Better AT Solutions & Build Better AT ProductsWith 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. To be held from 11 to 13 May 2020 at Ramatex Conference Centre in Windhoek, Namibia, 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.
HOW TO JOIN US IN WINDHOEK
You can join us by registrating to exhibit AT products in Namibia for both free and premium exhibitors, while those who want to present papers or facilitate a workshop, roundtable lecture, or other events can also submit abstracts online by Friday, 31 January 2020.
In addition, those interested to view the exhibitions, or participate in AT workshops, roundtables, lectures, and/or other side events can buy tickets here at US$250 for all the three days of the event (fee includes meals and refreshments, workshops materials, volunteer allowances, and other logistics). However, local participants can pay reduced fees of NAD500 (US$50) through bank deposit into our affiliate's account in Namibia, the National Federation of People with Disabilities (NFPDN), but the registration will have to be reviewed/vetted by NFPDN in collaboration with the event's Local Organizing Committee before payment can be processed. The local registration form can be downloaded here, and emailed to email@example.com for vetting before payment. Those who just want to see what's being exhibited are also welcome at a visitor (entry) fee of $5 (NAD50) per day
who are we working with in Namibia
Locally, we're working with the Government of Namibia through the Disability Affairs Department to co-host this ground-breaking regional event. To ensure smooth running of the event activities locally, a Local Organizing Committee consisting not only the Government Department but also various meets from time to time to plan day-to-day tasks.
SAFOD works with its national affiliate in Namibia, the National Federation of People with Disabilities in Namibia (NFPDN) which coordinates and brings together these local partners.
The National Disability Council of Namibia (NDCN) is another strategic partner that closely works with both NFPDN and the Disability Affairs Department.
As of August 2019, the International University of Management (IUM) which is a private, state-recognized university, officially joined the list of local partners.
If you are an organization based in Namibia actively working in the AT sector and you believe you have something unique you can contribute towards the organization of this event, please do not hesitate to write NFPDN here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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. 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 May 2020 event in Namibia to perform different tasks.