14 - 17 SEPTEMBER 2021 | VIRTUAL

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Find Better AT Solutions & Build Better AT Products

The Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) – in partnership with the Loughborough University, the University of Washington, the African Network for Evidence–to–Action in Disability (AfriNEAD), and the Aston University – will jointly organize the Southern Africa Assistive Technology EXPO (SAATE) from 14th to 17th September 2021.

With the main theme, “Wake up and do it for yourself: To promote and advance local AT solutions for Southern Africa,” the event will be held VIRTUALLY.

The first SAATE was initially planned to take place at Ramatex Conference Centre in Windhoek, Namibia, from 24 to 26 June 2020,, but was later postponed to next year due to the coronavirus situation globally, with conference format now changed to virtual. The registration to exhibit AT products virtually 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 2021.

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In its bid to facilitate improvements in the AT sector broadly through raising awareness about the need for better AT solutions and/or products, the SAATE will explore critical issues affecting persons with disabilities beyond the AT supply. Repair services are just one of many such issues.


You can join us by registering to exhibit AT products in virtually 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 byMonday, 31 May 2021.

In addition, information about those interested to view the exhibitions, or participate in AT workshops, roundtables, lectures, and/or other side events for all the three days of the event willbe published on this page soon.

Who are we working with?

Before we moved the event from being hosted in Windhoek, Namibia, to the virtual space, we were working locally with the Government of Namibia through the Disability Affairs Department to co-host this ground-breaking regional event. To ensure the smooth running of the event activities locally, a Local Organizing Committee consisting of not only the Government Department but also various stakeholders used to meet physically from time to time to plan day-to-day tasks. SAFOD used to work with its national affiliate in Namibia, the National Federation of People with Disabilities in Namibia (NFPDN) which coordinated and brought together these local partners.

The National Disability Council of Namibia (NDCN) was another strategic partner that closely worked with both NFPDN and the Disability Affairs Department.

Now that teh event will be held online, SAFOD and its partners will be seeking to review our collaboration strategy and re-strategize how we progress forward working various other partners at international level. New collaboration modalities shall be published on this page soon.

If you are an organization that is actively working in the disability or AT sector and you believe you have something unique you can contribute towards the organization of this event, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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  • 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



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.

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Production of solar powered hearing aids in Botswana. The SAATE seeks to prioritize such local innovations during the event


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 virtually participate either for free or as a premium exhibitor at the 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.

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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.

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We welcome NGOs, academia, Governments, companies, etc, willing to become our strategic partners.

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Do you have any questions at all regarding the upcoming SAATE?

Use the form below to drop us an email. We are glad to respond and clarify anything related to the event.
We can also be contacted by

Phone: +267 317 0751


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