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Empower 2022 logo- Call open for Empower 2022 conference on March 05 till July 15 2022. India’s Premier Conference on Creating Assistive Technology Solutions 13 – 15 Oct 2022
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The fourth EMPOWER 2022 conference is to be organized at the National Institute of Speech & Hearing (NISH) Trivandrum from October 13 to 15, 2022. The first two editions of EMPOWER were organized in 2018 and 2019 at IIT-Delhi, Sonepat campus and the third EMPOWER 2021 was an online conference, organized by IIIT-Bangalore. 

The EMPOWER conference is an annual technical event, organized with the objective of bringing together all stakeholders in the assistive technology sector, which includes researchers, user organizations, industries as well as policy makers. The Program Committee consists of members from the premier academic institutions, NGOs and technology incubators. The participants are engaged with the issues involved in creation, production and dissemination of assistive technology solutions. Using a mix of keynote talks, invited papers, posters, user forums, panel discussion and a product exhibition, EMPOWER provides opportunities for discussions around current solutions, and also seed ideas for research.


Date: 13 – 15 October 2022

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CATI Confabs 06

Do you want to create amazing cards with images, voice and text?? Overcome speech limitations by creating cards and then touching them to build sentences. In this CATI Confabs 06, we are going to demonstrate a solution called Expressia life for, which is an advanced AAC solution for persons facing speech limitations. The trainers and care-givers are also encouraged to participate.


Date: 21 -December- 2021



EMPOWER 2019 follows on the success of EMPOWER 2018 that was held in Oct 2018. It is being organized to bring together all stakeholders in the assistive technology sector. This includes AT researchers, AT industries, users and user organizations, special educators, inclusive designers, entrepreneurs as well as policymakers engaged in different ways with the issues involved in the creation, production and dissemination of assistive technology solutions. This four-day the event would see active participation of all stakeholders not only to discuss current solutions but also to seed ideas to work on future solutions. 


Date: 14 – 17 October 2019 

National Conference on Assistive Technology for ALL 2030

Improving access to quality and affordable assistive technology for everyone, everywhere. To facilitate development of the assistive technology sector in India and making India a global powerhouse for assistive technology..

Date: 2 – 3 August 2019

Forging the AT Value Chain (FATVC)

The event will bring together the various stakeholders in the AT value chain: from researchers and product developers to users who are people with disability. We hope that providing a common platform will encourage a conversation between them to address the challenges in building an AT ecosystem in India. We are working alongside local IEEE volunteers as well as partnering with other governmental agencies such as Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) and Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) to ensure that we reach many people and the event targets are achieved. A public exhibit of AT products with stalls by different organizations will let the participants immerse in the world of AT.


Date: 18 – 19 January 2019

VAccess by Vidyasagar event

The exhibition can change the outlook of people about assistive devices. Designers, architects and people in general can help create a more inclusive and accessible society by paying attention to some very basic details. Accessible offices, parks, shopping malls, schools, buildings, washrooms and toilets, these are some basic changes that we need to make around us so that people with disabilities can also move around and become part of the mainstream.


Date: 8 – 9 December 2018

Empower 2018

The EMPOWER 2018 conference is being organized to bring together all stakeholders in the space of Assistive Technologies for people with disabilities. This includes users, user organizations, industries, special educators, inclusive designers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, policy makers and researchers engaged in different ways with the issues involved in the creation, production, and dissemination of assistive technology solutions. This three-day event will see the active participation of all stakeholders not only to discuss current solutions but also to seed ideas to work on future solutions.


Date: 25 – 27 October 2018

GATE initiative - Stakeholders’ consultation

The ICMR, under support of WHO-SEARO and in association with The Cradle, organised a workshop of stakeholders having experts from various field for constrictive deliberations and for deriving modalities to make the visions of WHO workable from state and community perspective. As the promotion of access to assistive products to people in need has diverse domains-legislation/policy framework, production of context-friendly appliances and services, provision of delivery system and financial support, and manpower training for manufacturing and maintenance etc, experts from various fields were invited.


Date: 14 – 15 December 2017

Microsoft Accessibility Summit in India

Microsoft India today hosted its first-ever Accessibility Summit (#ThinkAccessAbility) in the country to enhance technology access for people with disabilities. The summit aimed at demonstrating the business value of accessible technology for organizations, the need for a collaborative effort as well as assessing policy’s role in creating an accessible India. The summit brought together leaders from the government, non-profit organizations, filmmakers, entrepreneurs and budding technologists to present their views and best practices around accessibility and technology’s potential in aiding inclusion.


Date: 20 May 2017

Techshare by Barrierbreak

The fifth edition of Techshare India – 2 day accessibility & assistive technology conference and exhibition, held on 3rd and 4th March 2016, at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi was a major success. Techshare India 2016 – an initiative of BarrierBreak was organized in partnership with National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB),UK.

Date: 3 – 4 March 2016