At the turn from January to February 2019 the Board of Harpo (Jarek Urbanski and Ola Cebernik) attended the Assistive Technology Industry Association ATIA 2019 Orlando Conference and Exhibition.
Practitioners and parents, teachers and researchers, manufacturers, and distributors -individuals and organizations who together reach more than 1 million people with disabilities – all come to the ATIA Conference to:
- Network with colleagues, customers, and the community,
- Learn about the latest trends, tools, and best practices,
- Share their insights to enhance opportunities for persons with disabilities.
The ATIA Conference addresses all disabilities and all types of assistive technology for all ages, from early childhood to senior. Sessions and events embrace the education market, university-level disability services, technology for independent living, accommodations for the workplace, needs of an aging population, and research on technology developments and outcomes.
ATIA 2019 included about 350 education sessions and over 100 AT exhibitors. Moreover more than 2,500 senior-level program directors, special education teachers, therapists, service providers, higher education teachers, corporate accessibility teams and workplace accommodations specialists from around the world participated in ATIA 2019.
Such a diverse environment is ideal for spreading the idea of INSENSION project and the ICT platform for people with PIMD. We have been talking to many participants and exhibitors, have been meeting contractors and have promoted our project. Thanks to wide spectrum of audience we could consult experts in their industry and share our thoughts on AT solutions. ATIA Conference turned out to be another opportunity to share promotional materials of the project with the participants.
As the organizers of the Conference say, ATIA is a place where the Assistive Technology Community meets to … network, learn, and share…