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What Assistive Technology means to Canadians: A conversation on improving equitable access to assistive technology

May 17, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

What Assistive Technology means to Canadians

The World Health Organization is proposing the creation of an International Assistive Technology (AT) Day. When it comes to equitable access to assistive devices, Canadians are faced with a patchwork of services and supports. Join us for a catalytic conversation on this important topic. Participants will learn about:


  • AT and its importance through shared experiences of people who use AT
  • Global initiatives and national research on enhancing AT access and policy
  • What organizations like AGE-WELL and March of Dimes Canada are doing in this sector

Join us for this catalytic conversation that aims to spark action and collaboration on enhancing equitable access to AT by sharing knowledge and experiences, co-creating solutions, and fostering a national vision and leadership in the space.

Agenda & Speakers:

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Welcome 

Opening remarks
– Global perspective
– Canadian perspective

A vision for equitable access to AT in Canada

Laura Tamblyn Watts, President and CEO, CanAge (moderator)

Kylie Shae, OAM, Technical Officer, Access to AT Team, WHO
Dr. Alex Mihailidis, CEO and Scientific Director, AGE-WELLDr. Rosalie Wang, OT, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Michael Wilson, Associate Professor, McMaster University
2:30 PM – 2:35 PM Break
2: 35 PM – 3:30 PM Introducing the Panel

Panel Discussion


Discussant and Call to Action

Len Baker, President and CEO, March of Dimes Canada (MODC)

Allison Edwards, Blogger, Member of MODC Tech for Good program
Eyra Abraham, Founder and CEO, Lisnen
Carrie Anton, Accessibility Advocate & CNIB National Board Member

Sherry Baker, Co-Chair, AGE-WELL Older Adult and Caregiver Advisory Committee



May 17, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT


AGE WELL Management Team