Unlocking potential and shaping a barrier-free world

Why Hosting the Global Accessibility and Inclusion Forum?

The accessibility sector has witnessed significant growth globally, driven by the growing demand for inclusive products, services, and technologies that empower people of determination to live fulfilling and independent lives. Legislative measures, policies, and technological advancements have further propelled market expansion, creating opportunities across various sectors such as assistive technologies, inclusive education, accessible infrastructure, and inclusive employment.
However, this market also faces several challenges, including the need for greater awareness and understanding of accessibility requirements, limited access to affordable assistive technologies in certain regions, inconsistent regulatory frameworks, and a lack of inclusive practices in various industries. There is a need for improved collaboration among stakeholders, including governments, businesses, and advocacy groups to address these challenges effectively.

The Global Accessibility and Inclusion forum plays a pivotal role in addressing these concerns. As a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and innovation, the Forum brings together leaders, decision makers, and experts from government, industry, academia, and advocacy organizations. It facilitates strategic discussions, sharing best practices, and promoting partnerships to develop solutions and implement inclusive policies across various sectors. By connecting solution providers, technology innovators, and stakeholders with the challenges faced by people of determination, the forum acts as a catalyst for positive change and fosters a more inclusive and accessible world. Through its initiatives and collaborations, it contributes to driving market growth, promoting awareness, and advocating for the needs and wellbeing of people of determination.

Market Drivers

Abu Dhabi is home

to around 20,000 People of Determination (POD), both nationals and residents.

5.3% of the federal budget

was allocated to support initiatives that serve People Of Determination in 2019

1.3 billion people

have special needs. This represents 16% of the world's population, or 1 in 6 of us.

Event Overview

An annual global meeting point for industry decision makers and key leaders - international, regional and local stakeholders

2 days of cutting-edge data discussing latest trends, technology updates and key issues in the industry

World-class international exhibition for latest innovative assistive technologies and equipment

Workshops covering industry’s key challenges and trends

Event Goals

Creating a dedicated annual regional platform for people of determination to address the arising challenges, activate policies and solutions for their welfare

Positioning Abu Dhabi as an international hub and meeting location for global accessibility and inclusion decision makers and leading stakeholders

Attracting innovative technology and solution providers from around the world

Highlighting the advancement in the government policies, and the initiatives adopted by the community

Supporting the country’s strategy and plans for people of determination

Driving new investment opportunities in key sectors especially the facilities and centers that cater to the needs of people of determination

Addressing the mental health of people of determination and their families

Driving change in the society for more inclusion for people of determination

EVENT IN NUMBERS

Attendees  
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Senior Decision Makers 
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Associations Representing People of Determination
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Speakers  
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Media partners  
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WHO WILL ATTEND?

Chiefs, VPs, Directors, Heads, Healthcare Professionals, and Specialists from the following specialties:
Chiefs, VPs, Directors, Heads from the below entities:

AGENDA

  • Day 1
  • DAY 2

Day 1: Exploring Trends and Challenges

8:00 – 9:00

Registration

9:00 – 10:00

Opening Ceremony and VIP Tour

Session 1: Policy and Advocacy for the Welfare of People of Determination

10:00 – 10:20

Presentation: Abu Dhabi Strategy for People of Determination, Objectives and Outcomes

Q&A

10:20 – 11:10

Panel Discussion: Role of NGOs and Associations in Shaping the Policies of People of Determination

Q&A

11:10 – 11:40

Networking Coffee Break

Session 2: Accessibility and Inclusion Challenges

11:40 – 12:30

Panel Discussion: Overcoming Barriers: Accessibility Challenges in Disasters, Housing, and Universal Design

Q&A

12:30 – 12:45

Presentation: Enhancing Mobility: Revolutionizing Transportation for All

Q&A

12:45 – 13:30

Panel Discussion: Innovations in accessible technology and the role of AI in improving the quality of life for People of Determination

Q&A

Session 2: Accessible Web and Digital Content

13:30 – 13:45

Presentation: Exploring the digital information between limitations and improvements

Q&A

13:45 – 14:30

Panel Discussion: Empowering the Digital Frontier - Navigating Web Accessibility Standards, Inclusivity Strategies, and Legal Compliance

Q&A

14:30 – 15:30

Networking Lunch Break

15:30 – 18:00

B2C Networking Session

END OF DAY 1

Day 1: Exploring Trends and Challenges

8:00 – 9:00

Registration

9:00 – 10:00

Opening Ceremony and VIP Tour

Session 1: Policy and Advocacy for the Welfare of People of Determination

10:00 – 10:20

Presentation: Abu Dhabi Strategy for People of Determination, Objectives and Outcomes

Q&A

10:20 – 11:10

Panel Discussion: Role of NGOs and Associations in Shaping the Policies of People of Determination

Q&A

11:10 – 11:40

Networking Coffee Break

Session 2: Accessibility and Inclusion Challenges

11:40 – 12:30

Panel Discussion: Overcoming Barriers: Accessibility Challenges in Disasters, Housing, and Universal Design

Q&A

12:30 – 12:45

Presentation: Enhancing Mobility: Revolutionizing Transportation for All

Q&A

12:45 – 13:30

Panel Discussion: Innovations in accessible technology and the role of AI in improving the quality of life for People of Determination

Q&A

Session 2: Accessible Web and Digital Content

13:30 – 13:45

Presentation: Exploring the digital information between limitations and improvements

Q&A

13:45 – 14:30

Panel Discussion: Empowering the Digital Frontier - Navigating Web Accessibility Standards, Inclusivity Strategies, and Legal Compliance

Q&A

14:30 – 15:30

Networking Lunch Break

15:30 – 18:00

B2C Networking Session

END OF DAY 1

Event Themes

Breaking barriers and building bridges

Overcoming obstacles and highlighting the importance of collaboration and collective efforts in fostering a more inclusive society.

Inclusive innovations

Emphasizing the need for creative and forward-thinking solutions that empower people of determination to fully participate in all aspects of life.

Paving the way for inclusion

 Encouraging discussions on policy changes, societal shifts, and practical strategies for removing barriers and providing job opportunities. 

Accessibility for all

 Discussing the experience of other countries in paving a way for a more inclusive society, universal design principles, architectural accessibility, and the integration of inclusive practices in various sectors. 

Digital inclusion

Highlighting the challenges and opportunities of ensuring equal access to digital platforms, technologies, and information for People of Determination 

Inclusive education

 Discussing inclusive pedagogies, accessible learning materials, and strategies for creating inclusive educational environments. 

OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE

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WHO SHOULD SPONSOR?

Solution providers offering the following:

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