Four panellists have been announced for the 2021 Inclusion Summit ©IPC

Four leading players in assistive technologies for disabled people have been confirmed as participants at the 2021 Inclusion Summit from December 2 to 3, powered by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Academy of Sport (WAoS).

The quartet will appear as panellists discussing the role of assistive technology (AT) as a vehicle to drive the social inclusion of people with disabilities at the online conference.

Chairman of ATscale Jon Lomøy, President of The Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organisations (GAATO) Luc De Witte, head of the Access to Assistive Technology and Medical Devices Unit at World Health Organization Chapal Khasnabis and chief executive of the Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub Vicki Austin have all been announced as panellists.

"Assistive technology is the bridge between exclusion and inclusion," said Khasnasbis.

"Access to high-quality assistive products is a pre-condition for most Para athletes to compete and win.

"The positive image of Para athletes and the demand of high-quality assistive products makes the assistive technology sector better and better with every Paralympics."

Vicki Austin, who led the London 2012 Legacy Programme, will be involved on the panel discussing assistive technologies ©Getty Images
Vicki Austin, who led the London 2012 Legacy Programme, will be involved on the panel discussing assistive technologies ©Getty Images

The session is one 16 planned for the 2021 Inclusion Summit which will bring together a stellar line-up of nearly 40 speakers from civil society, business, development, sport, entertainment and AT.

"GDI Hub has led AT2030 since 2018 to find out ‘what works’ on AT access in more than 35+ countries reaching 22 million people through 70 partners so far," said Austin, who was previously responsible for the London 2012 Paralympic Legacy Programme.

"AT2030 was designed to build on what we learned in delivering disability inclusion for London 2012 legacy, that is: success comes through community leadership with political backing. 900m AT users without AT know the direct and damaging consequences of lack of access and our Paralympians show what is possible with the right team and the right tech.

"Let’s be the ‘team behind the team’ of persons with disabilities around the world and take the tough political decisions necessary to take the gold medal on AT access before Paris 2024.

"The United Nations, UN Human Rights, International Disability Alliance, International Paralympic Committee, Special Olympics, World Health Organisations and The Valuable 500 are all set to be represented at the event."

The theme of the summit is 'Building Back Better: Sport as a tool to place persons with disabilities at the heart of the inclusion agenda'.

Two key areas will be explored - "promotion of social inclusion and human rights" and "how sport can advance the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."