To help advise emerging AT centers around the world, an international collaboration of experienced AT centers is now developing, and they are looking for dedicated experienced providers to join them.
Led by David Banes, CEO of Mada, the assistive technology center in Qatar; and Axel Leblois, executive director of the G3ict (the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies), the Leadership Network held forums at both ATIA Orlando and CSUN's conferences this year. There panelists explained the goals for developing the network--to help drive forward the aims of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by sharing best practices and lessons learned with nations in the early stages of providing access to AT for their residents with disabilities. Current members include AT Centers from Singapore, India, Italy, Spain, the U.S., and Qatar.
The Network is conducting its first activity at ATIA Orlando 2013. Leblois reports this will be a hands-on workshop for AT Center leaders to share experiences, practices, management tips, and insights for AT development.
If you run an AT Center and are interested in participating you can learn about eligibility and participation requirements at this G3ict Web page. In an email to ATPN, Banes notes the initiative "offers AT Centers the opportunity to collaborate across the world and, importantly, to begin to develop a collective voice with the AT and IT industries."
Read the AT Center Leadership Network Member's Charter