RAATE 2008 News

RAatE 2008

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Monday 01 December 2008 - Coventry University Technocentre

RAatE 2008 is the only UK conference focused on the latest innovations and developments in assistive technology. This conference will be of interest to everyone who uses, works with, develops or conducts research on assistive technologies (AT).

The conference program has, over the past years, regularly included new technological developments, service innovations, results of formal research projects, service based research and development and a wide range of other stimulating topics.

Known as a friendly and productive conference, RAatE offers you a chance to meet and share knowledge and experience with other people working in AT.

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Simon Stevens - Keynote Speaker

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Simon Stevens is a leading independent disability consultant and trainer with vast experience and expertise in a wide range of fields including disability equality, independent living, social care, lifestyle advocacy and secondlife. Simon has worked with many organisations of all types over the last 15 years locally, nationally and internationally including Scope, Warwick University, BBC, Council of Europe and eBay.

Born in 1974, Simon Stevens has cerebral palsy which affects his speech, balance, hand control and sense of humour (in a positive way). Despite his difficulties and the level of everyday discrimination he faces, Simon has had a vast range of life opportunities and experiences. He has travelled widely around Europe and the world, and taken part in many sports and especially water sports.

Simon’s life has a number of highlights. The first is having his play about his experiences of mainstream education, Normality, being first performed by his Sixth Form College in 1991. The second is being an active participant and coordinator of the European Human Bridges project which organised many week long seminars for disabled and non-disabled young people across Eurupe including over 15 countries. Thirdly, is being awarded the Community Category of Enterprising Young Brits in 2004 which was presented by Gordon Brown when he was Chancellor. The last is when Newsweek International produced a video for a cover feature about Wheelies, the first virtual disability themed nightclub in the world using the secondlife platform. The club supports 100s of disabled people around the world and provides a safe area for socialising and chatting.

Simon has determination, passion and commitment to everything he does. He has great communication skills and can understand specific situations very quickly. With a good sense of humour, Simon is a great host, friend and companion. Simon is also open and honest and recognises he is far from perfect.

Call for Participation

Monday, June 9th, 2008

You are invited to submit to participate in the RAatE 2008 conference. You can submit contributions in any of the following formats:

  • Papers
  • Posters
  • Workshops
  • Discussions
  • Demonstrations

Submissions may include reporting on research projects, service developments, case studies, evaluations, new developments or reviews.  Themes of interest for 2008 from which contributions are particularly welcome are listed in the submissions section.

To submit to RAatE 2008, go to the submissions page.

To present a paper you must also register for the conference.

Registration is now open!

Monday, June 9th, 2008

RAatE 2008 registration is now open - go to the booking page to register for RAATE 2008. You can now register to attend RAatE - the UK’s number one source of assistive technology knowledge, networking, research and information. Registration for the exhibition for RAATE 2008, the UK’s main Assistive Technology Conference, is also now open.

Booking is managed through HDTI, who are hosting this year’s conference, from their conferencing website, linked below. Book early to avoid disappointment since places are limited at this year’s one day conference.

  • Go to the booking page to register for RAATE 2008