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.


  Sep 30th 2022.
  9:00 - 9:30 a.m.    

Emerging Technologies that Make a Difference

About session

This session will explore how low-cost and emerging technologies are making a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities, especially those with more complex needs. We will identify five ways in which low-cost technologies can be provided to learners and five new technologies that will make a difference in the near future. These will include artificial intelligence, 3D printing, wearable technology, and the Internet of Things, amongst others. From mobility to communication, and from control to independent living, we will explore practical applications and real solutions.