To achieve a full participation of persons with disabilities, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn initiates Thai-Singapore collaboration project on persons with disabilities. One of the projects is “International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology or i-CREATe” which aims to be a platform for assistive and rehabilitation technologies in ASEAN countries. The i-CREATe, initially started in 2007, has been jointly organized annually over the past nine years by National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) of Thailand and Singapore Therapeutic, Assistive and Rehabilitative Technologies (START) Centre of Singapore. It has been become an annual conference of the Coalition on Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology of Asia (CREATe Asia) since 2016.
The objectives of i-CREATe are to provide a common platform for researchers/academics, practitioners, end-users/caregivers, industry players and policy makers to interact and share knowledge, information and experiences in assistive and rehabilitation technologies; to promote awareness, acceptance and adaptation of assistive and rehabilitation technologies in ASEAN; and to encourage and strengthen research, education and commercialization of assistive and rehabilitation technologies in ASEAN.
Target participants of i-CREATe are rehabilitation and education professionals working with or implementing use of assistive technology including suppliers, technologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, rehabilitation engineers, educators, end-users, caregivers, governmental officials, policy staffs, researchers, academicians and the others interested in assistive technology.