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Overview of Research and Development of Assistive Technology in the UK




Speaker: Aidan Parr, Senior Researcher, Foundation for Assistive Technology (FAST)

In this presentation, Aidan Parr will be examining how funding for UK Assistive Technology research and development is affected by government policy and demographics, with a move from funding a wider range of technology including wheelchairs, seating, communication aids, hearing and other sensory impairments, to a strong focus on using technology to support the UK's ageing population, allowing them to remain in their own homes. Aidan will also look at how research is moving from a purely academic exercise to a process that encourages products and services via commercial partners.

Aidan obtained a BEng in Electronics at the University of Staffordshire and an MSc in Assistive Technology at King's College London. He undertakes research into the R&D activity being carried out in the UK as well as participating in project activity such as the i2Web project that sought to support web developers to better implement accessible web design. He has recently embarked on a part-time PhD at the University of Reading looking at awareness of assistive technology amongst older people and carers.

Please reserve a place by contacting Doria Pilling:

Location: Room D111, Social Science Building, St John Street, EC1R 0JD

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Department of Health (DH) (2013) Annual Report to Parliament 2012-13. Research and Development Work Relating to Assistive Technology (FAST report commissioned by DH).

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When and where

1.00pm - 2.15pmTuesday 11th March 2014

Rhind Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1R 0JD United Kingdom