How Globalization is Reframing the Learning and Assistive Technology Market

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The forces of globalization are converging to reframe the market for assistive technology and the disability market. Shifting demographics worldwide, the realization of a true information economy, …

The forces of globalization are converging to reframe the market for assistive technology and the disability market. Shifting demographics worldwide, the realization of a true information economy, the rise of developing economies, and US students’ lack of competitiveness all point to the need for new solutions as well as new opportunities for AT vendors and researchers. Explore what these trends mean to you and your business.

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  • In this session, we would like to explore how globalization is reframing the disability market and the enormous opportunities for the field of learning and assistive technologies to expand our reach, our impact and go global . I’d like this to be a very interactive presentation, so please share what you are doing and learning as you do business globally.
  • Now is the time to ensure that our knowledge of how people teach and learn informs the development and role of technology for learning in the 21st century.
  • Our goal is to fuel discussion that will challenge all of us to think about our work in new and different ways-- to think globally and act locally. I want to take a short detour to think about how significantly the world has changed in the past year.
  • You may not know Rip—he tends to keep to himself but he is a keen observer of the field.
  • Last year, NCTI focused on the emergence of social media and its enormous potential for the field. Rip was so inspired he set up his own Facebook and Linked In pages. After trolling through YouTube finding videos about many subjects including his favorite one —sleeping and dreaming, Rip found himself quite tired and lay down to sleep peacefully for an entire year.
  • When he woke up, still groggy from his long nap, the headlines certainly jarred him fully awake.
  • Rip was in shock. He couldn’t believe what he was reading. Dark Days Ahead .
  • Lehman Brothers, which survived the Civil War and Great Depression, gone. Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch… collapsed. Oil prices had hit record highs and then fell. The three auto makers are in jeopardy. The world had certainly changed since last year. It was enough to make him want to head right back to bed. So the question arises, how do respond to the challenges that lay ahead as we pursue this dream? We have to ask ourselves, am I an optimist or a pessimist?
  • Are you someone who sees the glass as half full -- who can see the possibilities even in troubled times and look around the corner for the next solution? Or are you someone who sees the glass as half empty -- standing still and worried about how bad things are today?
  • As T.V. Raman a scientist at Google said, the way to consider the potential here is that the glass is expanding, creating more opportunities all the time. Our field is noted for its innovation, persistence, ingenuity and unwavering commitment to make teaching and learning better for all students, especially for those with disabilities.
  • NCTI has been tracking trends since 2001, trying to provide a look around the corner. What this issue paper shares is trends and discuss the tremendous opportunities that await us—the convergence of growing markets, changing demographics and emerging technologies.
  • The time is now to harness all of our energy, expertise, and entrepreneurial spirit to work together to make that smarter future together.
  • Five trend lines that we are focusing on in this paper. The rise of an aging population worldwide along with the growth of medical advances that point to a heavier reliance on and acceptance of AT for quality of life and productivity
  • Partner with the expanding international market of consumer electronics to extend the reach of accessibility into mainstream consumer products, such as games, cell phones, and Internet browsers.
  • Enhance learning and achievement by promoting a globally competitive 21st century education that integrates universally designed solutions, including AT.

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  • 1. How Globalization is Reframing the Learning and Assistive Technology Market Heidi Silver-Pacuilla NCTI Deputy Director ATIA 2009
  • 2. NCTI Issue Paper – Add your voice
  • 3. Who said this?
  • 4. Who said this?
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  • 6. Rip Van Winkle
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  • 13. Who said this?
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  • 15. Forces of Globalization
    • 1. The rise of an aging population worldwide.
  • 16. Forces of Globalization
    • 2. The arrival of information economies in Western industrial countries.
  • 17. Forces of Globalization
    • 3. A rise of developing economies across the globe as competitive centers of technological innovation and development.
    Trans World Internet eXchange
  • 18. Forces of Globalization
    • 4. Continued convergence of platforms, applications and modes of computing into ever-more portable devices.
  • 19. Forces of Globalization
    • 5. Assessment data pointing to U.S. students’ lack of competitiveness with global peers.
    IUPUI
  • 20. The time is right for innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration and leadership.
  • 21. A Call to Action
    • Expand the market for AT to include quality of life tools for students and adults on a global scale.
  • 22. A Call to Action Inmagine
    • Maximize the use of open source and Web 2.0 tools to access an international workforce and learning opportunities.
  • 23. A Call to Action
    • Partner with the expanding international market of consumer electronics to extend the reach of accessibility into mainstream consumer products.
  • 24. A Call to Action
    • Boost the knowledge base by sharing domestic and global challenges, marketing research, and success stories with the larger community of learning and AT innovators.
  • 25. A Call to Action
    • Enhance learning and achievement by promoting a globally competitive 21 st century education that integrates universally designed solutions, including AT.
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  • 31. How Globalization is Reframing the Learning and Assistive Technology Market Heidi Silver-Pacuilla NCTI Deputy Director ATIA 2009