The ultimate theme of SAATE is "Wake up and do it for yourself: To promote and advance local AT solutions for Southern Africa".
For this reason, we are seriously planning to set aside some funds to provide scholarships to a few representatives of selected local companies, or NGOs, or social entrepreneurs in Southern Africa (including those that participated in our AT-Info-Map project in one way or another) to be able to attend the event and showcase these locally manufactured ATs or those ATs that advance locally inspired solutions..
Winners of scholarship should be able to prove that the AT was either manufactured in any of the ten countries in which SAFOD currently works, namely Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe; or at least demonstrate local innovation or locally focused solution(s).
Most importantly, they should also be able to describe how the AT(s) fit(s) into one or more of the following sub-thematic areas:
- 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
Winners of the scholarship will also be recognized with awards for the work or innovation that they are currently involved in. The awards will be presented by a Guest of Honor who is yet to be identified by the Local Organizing Committee, at a side-event (gala dinner) to be held during the SAATE event.