The WHO-UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology: Moving forward together

Experts / speakers / chairs / moderators that will be involved: 
The following speakers/panellists are confirmed: Laura Alčiauskaitė (ENIL), Jamie Danemayer (UCL/GDI hub), Thomas Bignal (EASPD), Johan Borg (WHO), Giampiero Griffo (EDF/DPI), Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf (AIAS Bologna), Chapal Khasnabis (WHO), Malcolm MacLachlan (Irish Health Service), Henk Herman Nap (ISG), Dennis C. Søndergård (UNICEF -Supply Division), Luc de Witte (GAATO), Katerina Mavrou (AAATE), Wei Zhang (WHO).
Proposed format: 
Mixed: speakers and panel discussion
Abstract / Short Description of the Proposed Session – will be published in the conference programme and the Book of Abstracts: 
In May 2022 the first Global Report on Assistive Technology was launched by the WHO and UNICEF. Over 500 experts worldwide have contributed to the writing of this report which was commissioned by the WHO General Assembly in 2019. The report signs a landmark in the efforts of the global community of stakeholders to present the global situation and challenges on access to assistive technology. But what are the next steps, and how can the different stakeholders contribute in advancing access to AT worldwide? In a final section the report makes relevant recommendations that are worth to be discussed and transformed into action. AAATE, in line with its mission and tradition, and together with its sister organisations united in the Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organizations (GAATO), aims to play a key role in facilitating the dialogue between stakeholders regarding the Global Challenges in AT. During this policy session we will discuss the report and its recommendations and explore the priorities for action. The session will be co-chaired by Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf and Laura Alčiauskaitė. RESNA conference participants will be able to attend the session in live streaming.