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2019 International Congress on Technology and Tourism for Diversity

2019 International Congress on Technology and Tourism for Diversity

2019 International Congress on Technology and Tourism for Diversity aims to show what technology, smart tourist destinations, accessible products and services can do for all people. the congress is scheduled October 23-25, 2019, Málaga, Spain and will be held at Palacio de Ferias y Congresos. 2019 International Congress on Technology and Tourism for Diversity is organized by ONCE Foundation for cooperation and social inclusion of persons with disabilities.

This congress aims to show what technology, smart tourist destinations, accessible products and services can do for all people.

Like in previous editions, an important objective is to exchange research papers and communications so that the international community obtains firsthand knowledge on the latest advances in the different topics addressed.

People and their rights, innovation, as well as products and services offered are elements that must be taken in consideration in the 21st century in order to meet individual needs within a global offer.


Technologies and services for access to information and communication
Assistive devices and applications that provide access to people with disabilities to desktop and mobile commercial computers and to the services rendered, including the web.

Human-Computer Interaction
Methodologies, applications, devices and tools, user interfaces, etc. designed to enable interaction of people with disabilities with smart machines (PCs, tablets, smartphones, and robots, among others), haptic technology.

Assistive technologies
Devices, tools and technologies in general (including software) designed to improve personal autonomy, abilities, and interaction with all aspects of life (home, work, leisure, and sports, among others).

Teleassistance and Telecare: Prolonging Active Life
Teleassistance and Telecare applications, products and models designed to promote active and healthy aging.

Digital Home and Independent Living
Meaningful experiences in improving personal autonomy and independent living using accessible technologies and solutions.

Robotics for Personal Autonomy
Robotic-based products and services designed to address functional deficits, provide assistance and/or rehabilitation, such as prosthetics, ortheses, wearables, exoskeletons, robot assistants, interfaces and cognitive and physical interaction paradigms.

Data and Artificial Intelligence for New and Better Services
Use of Big Data for Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, etc. providing new and better services adapted to users, with special focus on the improvement of the quality of life of the elderly and people with disability.

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mix Reality
Applications helping people with special needs in their daily life.

Smart City
Sustainable and integral systems for Smart Cities based on expectation and needs of the population.

Learning and Collaboration Technologies
Strategies, procedures and tools designed to support customizable, collaborative, inclusive and accessible education with the aid of social networks, open learning initiatives, gaming technologies, learning analytics, and customizable educational environments, among others.

Transport and Mobility for Diversity
Devices, applications and services designed to make transportation use and mobility easier according to cognitive, sensorial and physical abilities of users.

Accessible Tourism
Technological solutions and tools designed to improve tourism experience including travel planning, booking, transportation, accommodation and enjoyment of destination according to the diverse needs, age and interests of tourists.

Regulations and regulations relating to tourism
Initiatives that encourage the creation of regulations that ensure access to tourism for all people. As well as the sharing of existing standards to serve as an example and good practice

Accessibility in Hotels and Museums
Good practices, initiatives, applications, etc. in the field of tourist accommodation and in museum and exhibition environments

Accessibility in the cultural and natural heritage
Good practices and initiatives related to tourism for all people carried out in the cultural heritage and in the natural environment

Tourist activities for all
Tourism and leisure activities developed and made available to tourists so that all people can access them and enjoy them

Accessibility to tourist information
Initiatives and good practices carried out so that tourist information is accessible to all people (easy reading, applications, web pages, signage, etc ...)


Registration Fee
General: 100 €
Special Fee people with disabilities, students and unemployed: free of charge
Stands Fee: 4 m² for 100 € Aditional m² 26´62€ (VAT included)
(Includes: attendance at all presentations, roundtables and workshops, lunch, coffee breaks, and certificate of attendance).

2019 International Congress on Technology and Tourism for Diversity will present simultaneous panels on different subjects. Access will be in strict order of arrival until full capacity (maximum capacity: approximately 70 people).

Simultaneous translation and subtitles in English and Spanish and Spanish language interpreter signs in plenary sessions and panels will be offered.

2019 International Congress on Technology and Tourism for Diversity
October 23-25, 2019
Palacio de Ferias y Congresos
Avenida de José Ortega y Gasset, 201, 29006 Málaga
Málaga, Spain

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Accessible Travel Week by Martyn Sibley.

We welcome you to Accessible Travel Week, a new yearly educational campaign to help spark the debate about the difficulties of accessible travel. Using fun & educational videos and guides Martyn Sibley will reveal his best strategies for overcoming the many hurdles to accessible travel so other disabled people can enjoy life-changing adventures too.

On Wednesday March 30, will be the date "Accessible Travel Week" is launched to the market. They wanted to give people some really useful information before telling them about accessible traveller itself and ideally, they'd like it to be something that can transcend. Accessible Travel Week will catch on and become a yearly event all sorts of people can get involved in.

3 videos will be released filled with useful info about accessible travel, along with some downloadable guides as well. There is also a fourth video talking about their newsletter Accessible Traveller.

For example, last week they had an interview with Virgin Atlantic for one of their videos to demonstrate some of accessibility equipment at their base which will form part of the guide to air travel. Martyn also had a day with Holiday Inn where he used one of their adapted rooms as an example of what to look for when finding accessible accommodation that will form part of another downloadable guide. All this will be provided completely for free as part of Accessible Travel Week. The content will be available at http://accessibletravelweek.com/

Travelling with a disability can be a daunting experience when it goes well, let alone if any problems arise. Many people who wish to travel and have a disability are put off from just the thought of all the stress, confusion and responsibility of booking the holiday. Would you even know where to begin when booking an accessible holiday

Martyn Sibley is a wheelchair user and he has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It wasn't so long ago he was too afraid to travel, even though it was top of his bucket list. The thought of taking equipment, arranging care, finding out which places were accessible, was just too overwhelming for him. For years, he sat there on Google just wishing he was travelling to all these beautiful countries. Then he thought: “screw it.”

He has now been travelling for over 10 years, and he doesn't even look back. He is here to urge you to do the same. He is running an awesome social campaign called “Accessible Travel Week” where you can find hints and tips on how to book your dream holiday.

Here are 5 handy tips to think about while you plan your holiday of a lifetime:

1. Know your outcome – work out in advance of any real planning or investigation exactly what you want to get out if your trip. Are you sightseeing, relaxing by the beach, road tripping, camping? Who is coming with you, will you need to take personal assistants, what are you willing to compromise on? Answering these questions in advance will make the actual gritty details of planning a LOT quicker and easier.
2. Research and book with an airline you know will cater for your need. Make sure to contact them beforehand and make them aware of everything you need. They will help you through security, ensure all your necessary equipment is boarded safely, and help you physically board the flight so it's important to make sure they know what they're doing and won't leave you hanging.
3. Contact the hotel you wish to stay at, prior to your stay. Trust me, it’s utterly disappointing when a hotel deems itself “accessible” when really there are a few small steps, a bathroom not big enough for a wheelchair and an abnormally high bed. Either ring or email the hotel and get them to confirm that the hotel is 100% accessible; ask as many questions as you wish to ensure clarity, this will reduce the chances of confusion, upset or disappointment on your holiday.
4. Research and work out how you’re going to travel around your chosen destination. Many people don’t think about this and just assume they’ll work it out when they get there; this is very bad idea. Research the area, find out the most common ways of travel (be it taxi, subway, bus, train, car hire etc.) Contact companies if you can for clarification, and if need be, book. You will find with most destinations that taxi and hire care are the most stress-free, easy options, but will be higher in price.
5. Ensure you have all of your documents printed. This doesn’t just mean your plane tickets and accommodation ticket, this means certificates (ATOL, insurance etc.), emails, addresses, attraction information, phone numbers… Make sure it’s ALL written down and taken with you. You may not need all of the information, but for ease of mind, it’s handy to have it with you.

If you’d like to gain more tips and advice, learn and seek from others who have travelled with a disability and get the chance to ask those all-important questions that’ve been bugging you for years, then check out Accessible Travel Week; it’s completely free and I promise it will be beneficial to YOU.

To See Our Complete Guide To Travelling With A Disability Simply Click HERE

PS At the end of Accessible Travel Week they'll be revealing something new and exciting Martyn has been working on that will help make accessible travel a LOT easier so please look out for it, you'll be pleased you did :)

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Batec, revolutionary wheelchair accessories!

Today we will speak about a Spanish company called Batec. Batec has managed to combine technology and utility with design and XXX. The result is a sensational accessory called " Batec". These Batecs which are electric or conventional fit wheelchairs allowing versatility for everyday almost unimaginable. Electric models are extremely useful for sightseeing during those long days visiting a city or a escape into the countryside .

Batec started this business venture in 2005, although its history comes from long ago, it all started when Pau Bach, creator of the company with a spinal cord injury, bought his first handbike in Germany. From there he began to improve this type of building prototypes handmade products for personal use. Finally his brother Lluis, engineer, joined the project to develop the first line handbikes of Spanish manufacture. Batec has currently a motivated staff formed by more than 50 % of people with disabilities .

The front couplers have clear advantages for handbike type chairs. In essence, it is a kind of accessory for a wheelchair that becomes a kind of tricycle, having different both manual and electric versions. These accessories are extremely useful either for training or leisure times, where wheelchairs become real vehicles.


People with disabilities or reduced mobility also have an alternative for leisure and tourism in Madrid using mobility scooters. Renting a mobility scooter in Madrid allows people with disabilities have a great deal of autonomy and independence. Accessible Madrid offers guided tours on mobility scooters in Madrid and also rentals. For any questions related to mobility scooters you can find us at www.accessiblemadrid.com

Now that we have presented these two great ways to enjoy your leisure time in Madrid, you just have to you choose the one that fits your profile. The most important thing is that you enjoy the day as ever. See you soon!

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