European Seating Symposium 2013 Highlights

I had the great fortune last week to be able to travel to Dublin for the European Seating Symposium  with a colleague. A presentation we developed on mounting AAC devices (and others) without compromising line of sight for power wheelchair users was accepted to the conference, and we had some great interest. The conference was a great gathering of colleagues from all over the world – great to reconnect with some old friends and met some new ones.

Here’s a few highlights of the week and some innovative new products!

Mark Rohan gave a great keynote speech about his journey from paralysis to the Paralympic games. Mark really focused on the importance of hard work, dedication and balance – and encouraged the entire audience to take a look at the balance in their week using the ‘My 168′ technique. For more on Mark, check out the video above or use this link: Mark Rohan – Ride to Freedom

The exhibit hall had some great, new, innovative products as well. If you’re interested in pressure mapping, make sure to check out Novel.de, a German company creating interactive, dynamic pressure mapping systems for every population you can imagine. I was really impressed by the wireless capability, and opportunities for self-management and education available through their great software and Pliance system. What’s even more exciting is that Novel is a small company with great leadership – and they’ve been around the block a few times! A really stellar product.

The other product that really caught my eye came from Click2Go, an Irish company producing hardware and software for switch access to Android devices, as well as an environmental control interface called HouseMate. The interface is slick, with tonnes of customization options, and the hardware matches in function. They have some great features which are worth investigating, and Brian Dillon, the mastermind behind the product, is always open to feedback.  Later this month, I’ll be profiling features of the Click2Go app as an alternative for Seniors who need a simpler interface for their phone – no switches needed!

There were many great presentations throughout the week, from superb international presenters. A reminder that we work in a great field, with engaged and interesting colleagues, and that opportunities for collaboration are right around the corner (or across the pond!).

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