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The exclusion and marginalization of persons with disabilities is a human rights issue as well as an economic issue for countries. Digital technologies break traditional barriers to communication, interaction, and access to information for persons with disabilities. The confluence of increasing public and private service provision through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the growing number of mainstream, everyday ICTs that can be used as accessible devices is changing the paradigm of technology – enabled development for persons with disabilities.

Earlier Persons with Disabilities (PwD) were isolated and excluded from the mainstream sections of society. But now the time has changed – where PwD are no longer treated the same way – Inclusive Development through affordable ICT, would lead to their inclusion into society. Affordable ICT applications create an increase in productivity of PwD and have the potential to generate full employment.

Many persons with disabilities have low incomes and limited educational opportunities. Through promoting the affordable Technologies, PwD may be shifted to mainstream of the Society. There are new affordable technical solutions that can benefit both persons with disabilities and the general community.

Now over 27.35 million People are living with disabilities in India. It is approx 2.32% of total population of India. Our Hon'ble Prime Minister launched “Accessible India Campaign” for PwD on December 3, 2015 and reiterated to focus on adoption of Technologies to empower them.

Technology involves all the communication tools and assistive devices enabling a person with a disability to be independent and an active participant in all areas of the community. Also, 'Accessibility Index' would rate a firm on how differently- able friendly its buildings and HR policies are.

Challenges for persons with disability include the lack of awareness and training on assistive technology, limited accessibility of products and services available and the high cost of assistive technologies, lack of policies that provide accessible ICTs & lack of effective implementation mechanisms. In this regard, role of Corporate Sector is critical in realizing this important goal.Corporate strives to provide services in a manner consistent with the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for PwD.

With an objective to bring PwD in Mainstream through Affordable ICT, in Collaboration with stakeholders, ASSOCHAM is organizing the 3rd Annual Conference-cum-Exhibition on “Empowering Persons with Disabilities through Accessible & Assistive Technology” on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Hotel Le-Meridian, New Delhi.

During this Conference a broader fraternity and wide range of stake holders like Corporate, PSUs, Banks, grassroots developmental organization, international agencies are invited for having a comprehensive discussion on supporting disability related programmes for provision of same rights and of equal opportunities as all other human beings.

Participants Profile

  • Policy & Decision makers, Regulators & practitioners from Government
  • International Standard making organizations
  • Corporate working on Equal Opportunity
  • E-commerce Companies
  • Software /IT Companies
  • Educators & Academicians
  • Diversity & HR Managers
  • Corporate CSR Heads
  • CTO/Project Manager/ Product Specialist/ Software Testers, CIO
  • Engineers, Web Developers
  • IT & Software companies engaged in Assistive & Accessible Technology
  • Rehabilitation Specialists like Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Audiologist,
  • Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, Physiotherapist, Orthotists & Prosthetists
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Persons with Disabilities & their caregivers
  • Policy makers & Disability Advocates
  • NGO's, Self Advocacy groups, Disability Organizations
  • Social Workers, Assistive Technologist
  • Students from B.Sc. IT/ Engg / B.Ed./ Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Media Representatives

Exhibits will feature the following technologies

  • Wheelchairs, scooters & walkers
  • Beds, furnishings & accessories
  • Insurance & insurance services
  • Seating/positioning systems &
  • Ramps/lifts
  • Legal services accessories
  • Automobiles, van/conversions
  • Publications
  • Assistive technologies
  • Bathroom equipment
  • Rehabilitative care/services
  • Chairs & accessories
  • Clothing & apparel
  • Residential programs
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Daily living aids
  • Travel & hospitality services
  • Home medical equipment & services
  • Exercise, recreational, sports
  • Incontinence products equipment & services

Highlights of Conference cum Exhibition

  • To be familiar with technologies such as
  • Technological Solutions for Home/ Workplace/ Transportation
  • Mobility and Seating Technologies, c) Technological Interventions in Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Assistive Technology solutions for Geriatric population
  • Web & Computer Accessibility
  • Technology on Cognitive and Sensory impairment
  • Knowledge of the latest products, services and applications, a showcase featuring companies and organizations driving innovation with accessible and assistive technologies solutions
  • Discussions on Education, Employability for PwD
  • Network with peers and experts from industry, service providers, apps developers, organizations of seniors and persons with disabilities, and professionals representing special education, rehabilitation and senior care services.
  • Share accessible and assistive solutions to key interested stakeholders.
  • Accessible technology
  • Social Inclusion: Technology & Policy
  • Disability in work places: Company Best Practices
  • Discussion on Laws, Policies & Standards Welfare Schemes
  • Discussions & showcase of best practices on Disabled friendly initiatives & Assistive Technology @ workplace

Registration Fees: 

  • Delegates Registration Fee: 3,000/-  (10% discount on more than 2 delegates)