Dubai venue for new AT expo

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A two-day event to raise awareness of assistive technology (AT) in the Gulf region will take place in Dubai this week

Al Noor Assistive Tech-X 2015 has been organised by the Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs with the support of Microsoft Gulf. As well as raising awareness, the expo will showcase new products, highlight the work of Al Noor’s AT department and provide visitors with a chance to hear global AT experts.

Among listed speakers are Ian Bean, UK-based SEN ICT consultant and trainer; Dr Therese Willkomm, Director of Assistive Technology in New Hampshire, US; Camille Matta of Consort World, a Dubai-based organisation specialising in AT; and David Banes, Senior Policy Advisor at MADA, Qatar.

New products on show include the Arabic language AAC app, Babnoor.

Regional telecom operator du recently distributed 20 iPads preloaded with the new app to the Dubai Autism Center. The company also arranged two training sessions in cooperation with the app’s designers, Flagship Projects, that showed teachers ways to encourage the children to integrate the app into their day-to-day lives.

Shadi Alhasan, Chief Executive Officer, Flagship Projects, said: ‘It was a milestone to kickoff our very first training of Babnoor app with Dubai Autism Center. We were pleased to sense the teachers and therapists’ excitement to embrace the change and help open a new door of communication for children with autism. We will carry on our support for the future to help bring about positive impact using assistive technology.’

Al Noor Assistive Tech-X 2015  takes place 12-13 November 2015 at the Al Noor Indoor Sports Auditorium (ANISA), Al Barsha 1, Dubai, UAE.

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