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New Members Resource base to be launched in July

The new members-only area on the DATEurope website will see a beta launch in July 2024

The resource base offers a unique location where members will find a library of articles and materials, such as sources of investment, research into innovation, policy frameworks, and up-to-date news and thoughts on Digital AT. A curated set of events of interest to members can be searched online; there is an archive of members’ newsletters and a discussion forum where some of the key issues facing the digital AT industry in Europe can be shared and discussed.

Members will receive a password by email to access the Beta version.

Access can be found under the Members Tab in the main DATEuope website menu.  

DATForum 2025

Planning has started for the first DATForum, to be held in Paris on April 2 and 3, 2025. Our draft theme is “Building Digital Access for All – The Role of Digital Assistive Technology Today and Tomorrow”

The event will explore the lessons learned from the last 25 years of access to Digital Technology and explores the implications of those lessons in a fast-changing technological and social landscape.

This event offers a unique opportunity to learn from industry leaders, share insights, and expand your professional network. You won’t want to miss it. Watch this space for more details and how to book your place.  

DATEurope advocates for access to Digital Assistive Technology for all

In June and July, members of the DATEurope board and individual members participated in working groups to influence DAT policy and provision in Europe and Beyond. We bring the industry’s voice to the table to increase access for people with disabilities.

In the submissions to the UN Conference of the State Parties (COSP) held in New York in June, special attention was given to encouraging a commitment to access to digital AT. Work was undertaken on the Global Digital Compact at the conference, and in online meetings, we made the case that a clear and unequivocal commitment to Digital Access and Assistive Technologies was essential in seeking to bridge the digital divide.  Furthermore, we also took part in initial meetings with AAATE and GAATO to explore some of the barriers to the uptake of Digital AT around the world and to offer insight from the industry related to the experience of those barriers and potential solutions. 

DATEurope continues to Share the voice of industry to policymakers to stimulate and enhance DAT provision across the globe 

DATEurope welcomes three new members

We are delighted to announce three new members who have joined DATEurope this month.

AssistiiveWare a popular AAC company, offer a range of products to support people without speech 

Acapela creates personalised voices that bring value to all services, applications or devices that need to speak.

Dolphin Computer Access develops assistive technology that makes a difference to people with visual impairments.

DATEurope at Rehacare 2024 25-28 September

There is a great opportunity to meet with DATEurope and many of our members at Rehacare in Dusseldorf when we will again have our popular shared Booth CO9 in Hall 5

The booth is not just a meeting point but a hub for networking and collaboration between our members and the public.

Currently, around 20 members will exhibit in the shared space

Come to the stand to meet and chat to Abilia, A/S Aabentoft, Alr & Clevy, CSS, E-Glas, , Irisbond, Possum, Smartbox, Tipy, Code Q, Draeger Lienert, Homebrace, Humanelektronik, Jabbla, Prentke Romich, Rehadapt, rehakind e.V. Sybility and Acapela Group

You are invited to the DATEurope event on Thursday, 26.10.2024, at the end of the day

For more details about Rehacare, go to https://www.rehacare.com/

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DATEurope AGM and Members Day 2024

London April 24 2024  –  DATEurope held the annual general meeting and Members Day at the Microsoft Experience Centre in the heart of London. The event brought together almost 50 members from many of the companies across Europe. 

At the AGM the budget for 2024 was approved, and the  Strategy 2024 – 2027 was unveiled with a clear commitment to achieve the mission and aims of DATEurope fully, raising awareness of Digital AT, working in partnership with other bodies, adding new member benefits and seeking to encourage greater access to Digital AT throughout the region.    

Guest speakers Hector Minto (Microsoft) and Ben Hardiman (GDIHub) presented the global landscape for the provision of AT alongside Microsoft’s accessibility strategy, and members engaged in discussion as to how best to leverage relationships to support persons with disabilities.

Group Photos of attendees at DATEurope 2024

David Gilbert Receives first Industry Impact Award

On Members Day 2024, DATEurope was delighted to present the inaugural Industry Impact award to David Gilbert. Board member Nadine Farris introduced the award saying “He has advocated for the Digital Assistive Technology industry for over 20 years and continues to push the envelope for innovation in the industry. His passion, or you could say his calling, to create products that change the life of someone that needs “a little extra help” is an ethos that runs within Praetorian’s DNA, and the company tagline “inspired by you” is in keeping with that.” 

We congratulate and thank David for his contribution to our industry and inclusion of people with disabilities

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DATEurope launch report into funding for Digital AT across Europe

The DATEurope Research report into funding for Digital AT across Europe was officially launched in London at the Members Day 2024

Key findings included that:-

  • DAT is not explicitly mentioned in most national policies, but it is often included within a broader understanding of assistive technology (AT).
  • Inconsistencies in the understanding and definition of AT and DAT lead to challenges in policy and funding programs.
  • The funding mechanisms for DAT, as revealed by our research, vary significantly across Europe, with no country offering universal funding for assistive products. This diversity underscores the complexity of the issue at hand.

An Executive summary of the full report can be downloaded from here 

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Funding Research Executive Summary

DATEurope at Exposanita - Bologna - April 2024

The 23rd edition of Exposanita, Italy’s most important trade fair for healthcare and rehabilitation, took place in Bologna from April 17th to 19th. 
 
During this edition, DATEurope made a significant contribution with 7 exhibiting companies (in addition to other members present at the event) that attracted many visitors interested in the latest developments in digital assistive technologies. 
 
DATEurope was also present with an institutional stand and was a key participant in a highly successful seminar that was in attendance and interest, thanks to its president, Christoph Mueller, and board member Filippo Borghi. The seminar, organised by Assoausili, focused on assistive digital technologies’ impact on the lives (autonomy and self-determination) of people with disabilities.
 
Christoph Jo Muller and Filippo Borghi at Expopsanita 2024

DATEurope – Environmental Control Practitioners Summit 2023

BEST PRACTICE, CHALLENGES & FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE EC INDUSTRY

In October 2023 we held the first-ever summit on Environmental Control (EC) systems. Drawing together manufacturers, engineers, technicians, service providers and consultants that serve their customers with EC systems.

During the practical, solution-focused event we shared knowledge, experience, and technical know-how on designing and installing EC systems. Hands-on workshops explored technical issues such as interfacing with beds, lifts, intercoms, lighting systems, Smart TVs and more.

Our summit featured presentations by experts in Smart Home technology and Medical Device Regulation. These thought-provoking talks sparked engaging discussions on the profound impact of consumer electronics and big tech on our business model.

The DATEurope summits are a must-attend event for anyone working in digital assistive technology.

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