Monday, 5 October 2015

AAATE 2015: Assistive Technology, Presidency & Budapest

Amy Bouchier, Claire Bentley
& Phil Joddrell. Photos by Tamás Thaler

Various members of RAT and CATCH presented at the 13th AAATE (Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe) conference in Budapest, Hungary, in September. Our topics included guidelines for evaluating digital technologies for people with dementia, barriers and facilitators to assistive technologies, creating and engaging collaborative communities on assistive technology, and selecting research opportunities through knowledge exchange. It was really interesting to go to a conference with such a global feel – not least through the WHO GATE initiative meeting to which Prof. Mark Hawley was invited – and with such broad expertise and enthusiastic participation.

Also representing Sheffield, from the Teaching Hospitals Trust, was Laura Evans and Sally Fowler-Davis who were invited speakers, talking about the adoption of assistive technology from a clinical rehabilitation perspective.  They reflected in two presentations on their range of experiences in clinical, leadership and managerial capacities in relation to AT and gave personal examples from their national and local experience, this included the recent successful collaboration between CATCH and Occupational Therapy at Sheffield Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust.

Congratulations are due to Dr. Peter Cudd, who was named as the next President of the AAATE! Peter will take over this role from Jan 2016.
Dr Peter Cudd, Photos by Tamás Thaler

We also found time to take in some of the sights of the beautiful city of Budapest.

We are looking forward to the next AAATE conference (Sept 2017) and hope to see you there!

Written by Claire Bentley, Dr Peter Cudd, Phil Joddrell & Surinder Bangar. 

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