The sessions have been broadly categorized under the following topics.
Successful AT solutions can only result from the 'participatory design' approach, where all the stakeholders are actively involved in the design process to make sure that the results can meet the needs and is usable. We present examples where technology developers 'co-create' AT solutions with the end users from Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs).
Abandonment of AT devices is a serious problem, which can be addressed by an effective service delivery model and measuring the outcomes. Assessment, matching the right device with user, providing trial options, device customization, training and follow-up are critical to ensure that the last mile implementation difficulties are reduced. We have a plethora of speakers, with immense experience in working hand-in-hand with the end users to implement AT.
There is not enough 'market-pull' for AT products as the market is fragmented. The end-users are not aware of the available technologies and also lack the purchasing power. In India, especially, the AT ecosystem is nearly non-existent. We have picked some examples of how some adventurous people have found their way to create an impact in such a scenario with their innovative products.
|8:30 - 9 AM||Registrations and conference kit distribution|
|1||9 - 9:20 AM||Welcome address||Mr Sasi P M, Chairperson, IEEE-SIGHT Dr K M Abraham, K-DISC|
|AT service delivery and user experiences|
|2||9:20 - 10 AM||Dr Therese Willkomm||Achieving Successful Outcomes and Reducing Assistive Technology Abandonment|
|3||10 - 10:30 AM||Akila Vaidyanathan||Technology tools for autism|
|10:30 - 10:45 AM||Tea break|
|4||10:45-11:45 AM||Rajiv Rajan, Shankar||Physical, social and information accessibility|
|5||11:45 AM - 12:30 PM||Namita Jacob, Pradip Sinha||Our trip to Japan|
|12:30 - 1:15 PM||Lunch|
|6||1:15 - 1:45 PM||Vivek Sarda||Innovations in assistive devices for people with locomotor disability in developing countries|
|7||1:45 - 2 PM||Abhimanyu Vyjayanthi, CDAC-Trivandrum||Tarang - an affordable, feature-rich hearing aid|
|2 - 3 PM||Inauguration Ceremony||By Smt. K K Shailaja Teacher, the Honourable Minister for Health, Inauguration Social Justice, and Woman and ceremony Child Development,Government of Kerala|
|8||3 - 3:45 PM||Swati Chakraborty and Prof Anupam Basu||IICP and IIT-Kharagpur collaboration|
|9||3:45 - 4:30 PM||Prof Balakrishnan and Dipendra Manocha||Assistech and Saksham collaboration in finding solutions for visually impaired|
|4:30 - 4:45 PM||Tea break|
|10||4:45 - 5:45 PM||Panel discussion: AT policy for Kerala||Moderator: Dr Mohammed Asheel KSSM Participants: Prof Bala, Therese Willkomm, Dr K G Satheesh Kumar, Dr Namita Jacob (Moderator : Dr Asheel)|
|11||5.45 PM||Boccia demo by Rajiv Rajan|
|1||9 - 9:30 AM||Dr K G Satheesh Kumar, ED, NISH Dr. Saji Gopinath, KSUM||Opportunities for AT|
|2||9:30 - 10:00 AM||Dr Mohan Rajagopal (WT, Bangalore)||Wearables for Enabling Ability in Disability : From Idea to Product|
|3||10 - 11:15 AM||Panel Discussion: The Enable Makeathon – Bringing together an innovation ecosystem for co-creating ATs||Moderator : Tarun Sarwal (Inkludo) Panelists: Janhavi Josh (Bleetech Innovations), Dhruv Parikh (Social Alpha)|
|10:45 - 11 AM||Tea break|
|4||11:30 AM - 12 PM||Narayanan R (Avaz)||The Avaz Journey - The story of creating, commercializing and scaling assistive technology products|
|AT service delivery and user experiences|
|5||12 - 12:30 PM||Nekram Upadhyay||Assistive Technology Eco-system is the key to effective AT Service Delivery|
|6||12:30 - 1:30 PM||Dr Sudha Kaul and Dipak Ghosh||AAC training at IICP|
|1:30 - 2:30 PM||Lunch|
|7||2:30 - 3 PM||Shanti Raghavan (Enable India, Bangalore)||AT at work place|
|8||3 - 3:15 PM||Dr Homiyar Mobedji (Benetech)||Technology and Inclusive education|
|9||3:15 - 3:30 PM||Dr Ravinder Singh (ICMR, New Delhi)||Assistive Technologies and National Health Programmes: Way Forward|
|10||3:30 - 3:45 PM||Dr V Rajashekar (EFL University, Hyderabad)||Assistive Technology for Social Inclusion: Perspectives and Prospects for the Indian Scenario|
|11||3:45 - 4 PM||Dr Akila Surendran (NISH)||Vote of thanks|
|4 - 4:15 PM||Tea|
|12||4:15 - 5:15 PM||Boccia demo by Rajiv Rajan (Ektha)||Demo of the paralympics sport, Boccia|
Here is a snippet of what you can expect from our event. Watch this conversation between Shalini Saraswathi and Denny Sebastian about assistive technologies and the challenges in accessibility in India.