GATE Symposium, Monday, 8 May, 13:00-16:00

Ninety percent of people worldwide who need assistive technologies to restore or maintain their mobility do not have access to appropriate devices. This year’s theme at the Congress, “Assistive technology for all”, once again lays down a marker for ISPO’s avowed aim of enabling everyone to have an equal opportunity to participate in society.

Together with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and supported by USAID, ISPO is organising a GATE symposium on the opening day of the congress to highlight global assistive technology issues. High-profile speakers and representatives of governments and leading institutions will be discussing how to improve access to high-quality and, at the same time, affordable mobility and therapeutic aids.


Monday, 8 May 2017
Session 1 Co-chairs: Rajiv Hanspal and Alarcos Cieza
13:00-13:05 Opening of the symposium Rajiv Hanspal
13:05-13:15 Key message  
13:15-13:25 How open is GATE now Chapal Khasnabis
13:25-13:35 Users first Vanessa dos Santos
13:35-13:45 Africa – GATE (What GATE means to us) Gubela Mji
13:45-13:55 Assistive Technology in Southern African countries George Sampa
13:55-14:15 ISPO and GATE Bengt Soderberg
Session 2 Co-chairs: Friedbert Kohler and Gubela Mji
14:45-14:55 Assistive technology in Francophone African Countries Prof Mijiyawa Moustafa
14:55-15:05 Assistive Technology in Africa – Rwanda Dr Jeanne N. Kagwiza
15:05-15:15 Assistive Technology in Norway & Malawi Rune Nilsen
15:15-15:25 Industry & GATE Saeed Zahedi
15:25-15:35 Assistive Technology for All –

a global perspective

Takaaki Chin  
15:35-15:45 Assistive Technology and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Malcolm MacLachlan
15:45-16:00 Q&A, Next steps and wrap up Cara L. Thanassi &

Friedbert Kohler