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Global Research, Innovation, and Education in Assistive Technology

GREAT Summit


As an action emanating from the Global priority research agenda to further the aims of GATE, the Global Research, Innovation, and Education in Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit, as a GATE initiative, was held on the 3rd - 4th August 2017 at WHO headquarters in Geneva. The Summit brought together nearly 200 AT stakeholders including expert users, global researchers, innovators and educators to discuss service delivery, research education and training related to assistive technology policy, products, personnel, provision and use.

The GREAT Summit has been transformative in:
  • advancing the global priority research agenda
  • establishing thematic research collaborations in:
    • effects, costs and economic impact of assistive technology
    • assistive technology policies, systems, service delivery models and best practices
    • high-quality and affordable assistive technology
    • human resources for the assistive technology sector
    • standards and methodologies for the assessment of assistive technology needs and unmet needs
  • identifying new research funding opportunities
  • accelerating innovative education and certification
  • working towards a common impact assessment tool and
  • show casing ground-breaking research and education.

Summit Outcomes include:

  • Speaker slides from Day 1 and Day 2
  • GATE community commitment to/ interest in forming regional groups – join up now to participate

Coming Soon:

  • Summit Position Papers – check this page for notification of publications

Other developments:

  • Check the GATE newsletters for updates on GATE Team actions around procurement, standards and guidelines, training packages and more

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Assistive Health Technology
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