Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS), Israel’s leading organisation that develops and provides innovative therapies and services for children and adults with disabilities, held an event at Google’s Campus London on the topic of Assistive Technology this month.
The event, ‘Redefining Disability’, brought together some of the industry’s leading thinkers in the area of disability and technology together to discuss the various ways in which technology improves the well-being and social inclusion of people with disabilities.
They explained what some of the world’s most powerful innovators are doing to create these inclusive technologies.
Working in the community, BIS employs 50 Arabic speakers and works tirelessly to build bridges between the Jewish and Israeli-Arabs who are working together to provide a better life for people with disabilities and their families.
The event’s purpose was to encourage the UK technology sector to think about how they can get involved in this area.
At the event, Jean Judes, executive director of BIS, explained that the vibrate feature on mobile phones, predictive text and touch screens were all originally developed for disabled people.
Israel is a leading innovator in assistive technology including the company Sesame’s touch-free smartphone, and OrCam’s intelligent glasses, which help blind people by reading text, recognising faces and identifying objects.
Read more about the event in the FT’s write-up.