The first ever expo, titled: “Windows 10 presents Al Noor Assistive Tech-X 2015”, is a two-day long event that seeks to create awareness on how assistive technology can improve functional capabilities of individuals with special needs and empower them to reach their highest potential.
During a press conference held at its premises on Tuesday, the importance and details of the event were unveiled. The media briefing was attended by Khaled Al Halyan, chairman of Al Noor Training Centre, Mohammed Arif, Windows Business Group Lead, Microsoft Gulf, Isphana Al Khatib, director Al Noor Training Centre and Maya Hojeij, the Editor-in-Chief and presenter of #Mal programme on Dubai TV, and an instructor at the American University in Dubai.
The event scheduled to take place at Al Noor Indoor Sports Auditorium (ANISA) on Nov.12 – 13 will be held under the under the patronage of Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The officials highlighted the objective of the event to enlighten the community and members of the corporate world about Al Noor Assistive TechX 2015 in a bid to merge the two forces for the noble cause.
Al Halyan appealed to the community to be part of the event and develop awareness about the importance of AT, a powerful means to revolutionise the lives of individuals with special needs. He stated that the government is vigorously supporting the cause of the special needs community in the region. “It is now time for the community and members of the corporate world to come together and integrate special needs individuals into the mainstream society. This can only be achieved through raising awareness,” he said.
Mohammed Arif, Windows Business Group Lead, Microsoft Gulf, said, “At Microsoft, we believe in empowering every person to do more with less. As part of our ‘Upgrade Your World’ campaign we are committed to helping in transforming the learning experiences at the Al Noor training centre with Windows 10; and make an impact on the lives of people with special needs as well as the ones around them. We strongly support the Al Noor Assistive TechX 2015 event initiative that will help create the awareness on how Assistive Technology can improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”
Expressing enthusiasm about the initiative, Isphana Al Khatib, director, Al Noor Training Centre, said, “We are looking at creating a well-structured and organised opportunity, through this event, for all the stakeholders – our children and their families, professionals in the field, manufacturers and suppliers of AT equipment, and most significantly the community at large. We want this lot to be appropriately aware, connected, informed and educated about the manifold benefits and advantages of Assistive Technology. We are delighted to have Microsoft as our title sponsor who has shown an exceptional commitment to the special needs community.”
Hojeij, who was the official moderator of the press conference, revealed her experience and involvement with the cause, throwing light on the initiative taken up by Al Noor Training Centre.
Meanwhile, a number of prominent firms will showcase their latest products and a number of experts in the field will deliver a series of lectures.
The list of speakers include Ian Bean, Independent SEN ICT consultant and trainer, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Dr Therese Willkomm, PhD, Director- New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Programme; associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire (UNH), United States. The event will also play host to Camille Matta, Consort World, a leading Dubai – based organisation that specialises in Assistive Technology and Eye Tracking , David Banes, Senior Policy Advisor, MADA, Qatar, Dr Mohammed Habash, managing director, Royability Solutions, Autism, Technology, and Global Health Researcher, Ottawa, ON, Canada and Ibraheem Mohamed, Alsawalem, PhD candidate, Intellectual disability, University of Newcastle University, Australia.
Source : Gulf Today , 28th Oct 2015