David Banes is the director of David Banes Access and Inclusion Services and co-founder of Global
Symbols. Having been a headteacher, he then led assistive technology services in Europe and the Middle
East. Now working globally, from Europe to the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, he supports the
implementation of assistive and accessible technologies, from policy to practice. He is interested in
emerging and low-cost technologies and their impact upon disabled people. These include AI to augment
communication, mobility, self-management of mental health, hidden disabilities such as communication
or autism, and how innovation can build resilient AT and AAC services.