Second ATEC conference to be held in Sheffield


The organisers behind the successful Assistive Technology Exhibition & Conference (ATEC 2016) held in Oxford in May have announced a second event to be held in Sheffield

ATEC Sheffield will take place on 24 November 2016 at the Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel and Spa and will focus more on the business and corporate sectors as well as post-16 provision. Organisers say they expect it to attract over 200 attendees.

The theme for the day will be ‘Future gazing on how assistive technology will transform living, learning and work space environments’ and the organisers promise ‘a packed day of keynote speakers, seminars, exhibition and networking, with delegates from business, government, education, not for profit organisations and the workplace.’

Leading the keynotes will be Gareth Ford Williams, Head of Accessibility at the BBC. As well as the main conference keynotes, there are 16 seminars to choose from with a continuing professional development (CPD) emphasis and a dedicated exhibition showcase that will give delegates the opportunity to meet with over 20 assistive technology providers.

Among those running seminars will be the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA), Student Finance England and Business Disability Forum.

A new addition to the ATEC programme is a plenary Q&A session, which will give the audience the chance to delve deeper into the themes of the day and explore topical issues with a panel of experts from across the sector.

Antony Ruck, ATEC conference director, said:

The first ATEC in Oxford was a big success and we are now particularly keen to help roll out the benefits it brought attendees, into the business and corporate sectors. ATEC in Sheffield is an opportunity for disability and inclusion professionals involved in the workplace and post-16 education to keep up-to-date with emerging assistive technology products and innovations.

He continued:

It will help them to get to know new products first hand. They can ask questions to the product developers about how their new products operate in the workplace and how to get the best out of them. ATEC in Sheffield will also offer delegates a great opportunity to network with their fellow professionals and we look forward to meeting as many delegates as possible throughout the day.


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