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The Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE to give keynote at ATEC

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The Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE will give a keynote speech at ATEC London 2017 about innovation in assistive technology and the potential of digital technology to offer solutions for disabled people.

ATEC London 2017 is a one-day event that allows disability professionals involved in the workplace and post-16 education to listen to and meet with assistive technology experts, solution providers and other likeminded delegates.

Lord Chris Holmes is Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer – he has won nine gold medals, five silvers and one bronze.

In his speech, entitled ‘Assistive Technology: a measure of civilization’, he will share his personal experience of assistive technology at the event on Tuesday, June 6, at ILEC Conference Centre and IBIS London Earls Court, London.

And he will discuss the potential of digital technology to offer solutions for disabled people and the speed of change happening in society in the current fourth industrial revolution.

Lord Chris Holmes, whose speech will also look at innovation in assistive technology, said:

“Assistive technology has been absolutely transformative in my own life.

“From cassette tapes to text to speech software, I could not have enjoyed the education and career I have been lucky enough to have experienced so far without it.

“I am genuinely and passionately excited about the potential of assistive technology to remove barriers, unlock opportunities and unleash talent.

“Talent is everywhere but opportunity is not and assistive technology offers a way to address that terrible imbalance.

“I urge everyone to learn more about what’s out there, ask questions, find solutions and share the good news.

“And I look forward to meeting you at ATEC London 2017 to talk about assistive technology.”

ATEC London 2017, which is sponsored by Barclays, gives delegates the chance to keep up-to-date with emerging assistive technology products, trends and innovations.

Employers are becoming increasingly aware of how assistive technology can promote wellbeing and inclusion in the workplace, whilst improving performance.

It can enable disabled employees to work effectively and increase productivity, as well as helping to reduce stress by empowering disabled people and removing barriers to work.

The ATEC London 2017 programme combines high-quality keynote speakers Lord Chris Holmes and Molly Watt, with seminars and product exhibitions.

There are also networking opportunities, with delegates from business, government, education, not for profit and the workplace due to attend.

Antony Ruck, ATEC conference director, said:

“We are thrilled that Lord Chris Holmes has agreed to be a keynote speaker at ATEC London 2017 and keen to hear him talk about his views on assistive technology.

“The fact Lord Chris Holmes is one of the conference’s keynote speakers shows the growing importance of ATEC and the assistive technology sector.

“Delegates can hear directly from Lord Holmes in his keynote speech, which will give them a great chance to listen to his view of the growth of assistive technology and its role in society.”

He continued: “ATEC London 2017 is an ideal event to help people stay right up-to-date with what’s happening in the field of assistive technology.

“People who attend can also meet assistive technology product developers face-to-face and discuss how their products operate in the workplace and how to get the best out of them.”

Ticket sales for ATEC London 2017 end at midnight on Friday (May 26).

You can book tickets and get more information from the ATEC website: http://www.ateconference.com/book-now/

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