Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology
The Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology focuses on assistive technology and accessibility in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Our owners are the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. As of 1 May 2014, parts of the Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology (SIAT) and The Swedish Agency for Disability Policy Co-ordination (Handisam) will form a new government agency.
We work and cooperate with professionals, politicians and other decision-makers and consumer groups in the fields of assistive technology and accessibility through projects, seminars and courses at national and international levels. The goal is full participation and equal rights for persons with disabilities.
A large part of our work concerns sharing knowledge with professionals who work in the field of assistive technology. We achieve this through projects, courses and networks on both national and international levels.
We monitor development within assistive technology
We monitor development within assistive technology and analyze the consequences as well as initiate and pursue development work. We also help companies and organizations in Sweden develop ideas for new assistive devices and help improve conditions for exporting Swedish technology and technology support.
Our efforts have contributed to many assistive devices being developed and becoming widely available. Examples include the award-winning wheeled walker Veloped, Multi Comai, which is a cognitive assistive device that helps structure tasks, and Hoppolek, a standing device that encourages physical activity and joy of movement.
Employees at the Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology have different backgrounds, and include physical and occupational therapists, behavioral scientists and engineers. Thanks to our varied competencies, our aggregate knowledge of assistive technology and accessibility is vast.
In our work, it is important to stay in contact with people who use assistive devices. We have a User Council that serves as an advisory body to our Board. It includes representatives from organizations composed of people with disabilities and older people.
We disseminate knowledge
Through courses, conferences, seminars and exhibitions, we communicate the results of our development programmes and projects to politicians, managers and employees at municipalities, county councils, government agencies and private companies. We publish printed material and provide information on our website and in social media. SIAT also works on an international basis to exchange information and knowledge on assistive technology and accessibility.
Over the past few years, we have worked on issues concerning the transition from school to working life. The aim is to give students with disabilities more access to assistive technology in school and to facilitate the transition between school and working life.
We also work with issues related to housing and cognition. As the population grows older, demands to ensure that housing and residential areas are accessible are growing. Thanks to new technology, more people have access to support in their daily lives, which means entirely new opportunities in terms of living an active and independent life.
SIAT and Robotdalen, a company in Västerås, are collaborating with various actors in Sweden and abroad to create a beneficial climate for development and innovation within the field of healthcare robotics. Healthcare robotics can be used during rehabilitation and adaptive training and to reduce employee repetitive strain injury. Intensive research is ongoing in Japan, the U.S. and within the EU to develop healthcare robots.
Sweden is at the cutting edge of new technology and assistive technology development, and has an advanced position in terms of accessibility in society for people with disabilities. Swedish know-how and experience within the field of assistive technology are in demand. SIAT thus takes part in various international contexts and receives visitors from other organizations. We are also interested in learning from other countries' know-how and experience, as well as in collaborating to develop technology for people with disabilities.
In the EU, we take part in groups that focus on housing and digital alarm systems, as well as in the eAccess+ project, which coordinates implementation of e-Accessibility in Europe. The goal is for all public information to be accessible to everyone, and to develop and improve services and products for people with disabilities and for elderly people. We participate in WHO expert groups on issues related to assistive technology and the provision of assistive devices, and serve as consultants for various development aid initiatives.
We also take part in international standardization work related to formulating requirements and designing testing methods for assistive devices all over the world. Sweden is responsible for the chairmanship and secretariat of the technical committees of assistive devices for global and European standardization.
Links to our cooperation partners are found below.
Senast granskad: 2013-12-13