Al Noor Training Centre successfully concluded the ‘Windows 10 presents Al Noor Assistive Tech-X 2015’, a two-day long expo dedicated to create awareness on how Assistive Technology can improve functional capabilities of individuals with special needs and empower them to reach their highest potential.

Dubai (13th November) UAE: “The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” Firmly rooted on this very thought, Al Noor Training Centre hosted the “Windows 10 presents Al Noor Assistive TechX 2015, one of the most breakthrough events in the field of technology and inclusive education in the region,  under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the 12th and 13th November 2015.

The aim of the event was to raise awareness on the importance of Assistive Technology for people with disabilities. Accessibility, participation, quality of life, employment, education, training and social integration for those with disabilities were the main focus of the expo.  H.E Maryam Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs Ministry was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the event.

Maitha Tariq Sultan Hilal Alsuwaidi, one of the students of the Al Noor Centre who has Cerebral Palsy, created a unique and beautiful artwork which was used as the branding identity of the Al Noor Assistive TechX. The artwork was creatively made with the use of eye gaze technology equipment enabling her to paint using only her eyes. Eye gaze technology is an eye-operated communication and control system that empowers people with disabilities to communicate and interact with the world.

The Expo which took place in ANISA (Al Noor Indoor Sports Auditorium) displayed the powerful role of Assistive Technology in improving educational outcomes and future sustainable employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Eminent AT Specialists from around the globe conducted interactive seminars for professionals and parents to share their in-depth knowledge on the subject. The list of speakers included Mr. Ian Bean, Independent SEN ICT consultant and trainer, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom and Dr. Therese Willkomm, PhD, Director- New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program; associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire (UNH), United States, among many others.



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