...combines the expertise of three research groups at the University of Sheffield: Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Group (RAT Group), the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) and the Telehealth and Care Technologies theme of CLAHRC YH (http://clahrc-yh.nihr.ac.uk/)
Monday, 5 October 2015
AAATE 2015: Assistive Technology, Presidency & Budapest
Amy Bouchier, Claire Bentley & Phil Joddrell. Photos by Tamás Thaler
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.
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.
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
found time to take in some of the sights of the beautiful city of Budapest.
looking forward to the next AAATE conference (Sept 2017) and hope to see you
Written by Claire Bentley, Dr Peter Cudd, Phil Joddrell & Surinder Bangar.