Interactive exhibit on innovative assistive technologies to support children with disabilities access school

Special 2-day exhibit at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

05 March 2019
A child using interactive learning games designed for children on the autism spectrum at the “My Way” Autism National Fund, Yerevan, Armenia.
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A child using interactive learning games designed for children on the autism spectrum at the “My Way” Autism National Fund, Yerevan, Armenia.

GENEVA/5 March, 2019

WHAT: An interactive exhibit showcasing the latest innovative assistive technologies helping to ensure children with disabilities have access to quality, inclusive education.

WHY: Around the world, an estimated 93 million children under the age of 15 are living with a disability. Yet too many of these children are denied their rights to education and to participate fully in their communities. Assistive technology has the potential to drastically transform children with disabilities’ access to education, but the majority of children who could benefit from these critical tools do not have access. The exhibit will showcase the latest technologies and products in the field. The full list of assistive technologies can be accessed here.

WHO: The exhibit is organized by UNICEF, in partnership with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Bulgaria and other Permanent Missions and International Organizations in Geneva. Nineteen innovative technologies will be displayed, including: 3D printed lightweight prosthetic sockets for children missing a lower limb; brain-computer interface (BCI) technology that allows users to operate a computer with their thoughts; lightweight and affordable wheelchairs designed for children; special readers that allow children and young people with visual impairments to use smartphones; specialized speech recognition technology, and many more. Access the full list of technologies here.

WHEN: 7 & 8 March 2019. The official opening will take place on Thursday, 7 March 2019 at 12 PM. Speakers will include:

Kamil Goungor, Chair, Youth Committee, European Disability Forum

Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Deyana Kostadinova, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva

Afshan Khan, Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, UNICEF

WHERE: Palais des Nations Communal Space, E Building, 2nd Floor - Door 40

Media contacts

Melanie Sharpe
Communication Specialist
UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional office
Tel: + 41 (0) 79 834 74 01

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