2018 Forum programme

Mr. David Banes
Mr. David Banes

David Banes Access and Inclusion Service
United Kingdom


David Banes is the founder and director of David Banes Access and Inclusion Services having previously led assistive technology services in Europe and the Middle East. He now works across the globe including projects in Africa and South East Asia to support access from policy to practice, based upon a model of the AT ecosystem to support implementation.

Recent projects include developing a response to disruptive innovation in the access industry, identifying solutions to meeting the needs of refugees with a disability, and building a business case for investment in assistive technology, whilst supporting entrepreneurs to bring products and services to market. He has a special interest in emerging technologies and the impact upon the lives of people with a disability.

He was appointed as researcher to the ALL Institute at the University of Maynooth exploring provision and market shaping in Kenya, whilst working in the middle east to support provision of Assistive Technology. In 2018 he completed a benchmarking study across five countries identifying key issues in provision of AT and recently completed a study on using technology to support literacy for emerging readers with a disability in low-and-medium income countries. 

David supports those working in assistive technology through a series of publications and resources, under open licence including the weekly Access and Inclusion through technology and monthly Global Symbols newsletters, and the recently launched Three Minute thought videocasts on AT and “Voices”a magazine format dedicated to the thoughts and opinions of disabled people.