AT-INFO-MAP

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION
MAPPING PROJECT (AT-INFO-MAP)

Funded by the Google Impact Challenge, the AT-Info-Map is a project of SAFOD, AfriNEAD, and University of Washington which started in March 2016 primarily with the development of a mobile app to map the availability of assistive technology in Southern Africa. The project has now grown rapidly to include an AT web database, a regional AT Exhibition (May 2020), and a series of national AT awareness seminars, among other AT initiatives.

Latest News

Assistive Technology Webinar
20 FEB

2019

AT-Info-Map Partners Hold Webinar in South Africa

Representatives of SAFOD, AfriNEAD, and University of Washington organized a webinar to provide updates on AT issues.

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FEDOMA Malawi Assistive Technology Seminar
17 OCT

2018

FEDOMA, Stakeholders for Tax Exemption on AT in Malawi

FEDOMA has reiterated its commitment to continue engaging the Governmet of Malawi to seriously consider removing duty on assistive technology devices imported into the country.

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NFPDN Namibia Assistive Technology Seminar
24 AUG

2018

NFPDN, Stakeholders for Increased AT Budgets in Namibia

In Namibia, there is need to intensify advocacy for the increase in budget allocation not only for general disability service provision but also, in particualar for increased access to assistive technology by persons with disabilities in the country.

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Upcoming Events

MAY

28-30

Africa Health Exhibition

Tthousands of industry players congregate in Johannesburg

 for three days of business and knowledge sharing,  

connecting manufacturers and service providers with clinicians,

procurement professionals, dealers and distributors.

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OCT

23-25

Southern Africa AT Expo (SAATE)

To bring together a wide range of practical problem

solvers of AT, AT suppliers and service providers from

Southern Africa, Including even those from outside the region

but who supply AT and provide services in Southern Africa.

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AT-Info-Map Apps

Mobile App: View Listings of AT Suppliers & Organizations

Learn how you can use our mobile technology to view listings of Assistive Technology (AT) suppliers and service providers on the AT-Info-Map App, view screenshots, and appreciate what our stakeholders say about the app. The app, which can be downloaded from both the Google Play Store and App Store, also lets you to enter information about AT supplier(s) and/or service provider(s).

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AT-Info-Map Online Database

Web Database: View Listings of AT Suppliers & Organizations

We have a created a website database that mirrors/syncs everything that is on the Mobile App. You can therefore view all listings that are available on our Mobile App on this Website. The online database also allows users to enter listings of assistive technology suppliers and service providers in the same way as they would do on the Consumer App. Users can also view all listings using map/GPS.

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Assistive Technology Guide

AT Guide: Some Key Stuff You Need to Know About AT

AT supports persons with disabilities to work, learn, play and live in their communities. The AT-Info-Map Project has developed a guide that describes various AT types and categories and how they support PWDs; such as enhancing safety, alerting incoming signals, allowing people with visual impairments to tell or measure time, and even supporting some PWDs with eating and drinking, just to mention a few examples.

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Assistive Technology Guide

Research Analysis: Summary of AT Challenges & Solutions

Our main concern in the AT-Info-Map Project is not only access to AT. We view limited access as an end-result of many other associated challenges ranging from, for example, policy issues to general awareness. We need to explore and interrogate a myriad of other challenges to be able to find lasting solutions to the whole question of AT access. It is in this context that we have summarized key challenges that we were able to unearth. And we have suggested actions that DPOs need to consider.

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Assistive Technology Guide

Journal Article: Lessons from the AT-Info-Map Pilot Project

The AT-Info-Map was first piloted in Botswana for one year (March 2016 to March 2017) before rolling out to all the ten countries in which SAFOD currently operates. In this article published in the African Journal of Disability, we document the key lessons from the pilot. The case study highlights key challenges such as high data costs; difficulty in accessing AT information from the public healthcare sector, and the high human resource demand of collecting and keeping up-to-date device-level information.

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Featured Video: A Lecturer's AT Testimony in Zambia

Thomas Timothy Mtonga was born in 1971, with perfect eye sight but a measles attack in 1980, left him blind. During an AT Seminar held on May 4, 2018, Thomas, who is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Zambia (UNZA), narrates how assistive technology (AT) has transformed his life. The seminar was organized by SAFOD, in partnership with Zambia Federation of Disability Organizations (ZAFOD), as part of the AT-Info-Map Project. Watch and listen to his incredible personal story.

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