2020 Keynote Speakers

September 23 | General Session

Prof Malcolm "Mac" MacLachlan 

Malcolm “Mac” MacLachlan is Professor of Psychology and Social Inclusion, and Co-director of the ALL (Assisting Living & Learning) Institute at Maynooth University, Ireland. He is also the National Clinical Lead for Disability Services in the HSE (Irish Health Service). Mac is currently Research & Innovation Lead for WHO’s Global Collaboration on Assistive Technology (GATE) programme; and  Knowledge Management Lead for the United Nations’ Partnership for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD). He is a Fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland and of the British Psychological Society; and Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

September 24 | General Session

Antony Duttine

Antony Duttine is the Regional Advisor on Disability and Rehabilitation at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization. In this role he supports the countries and territories of the Americas to strengthen their rehabilitation and assistive technology services and to support more inclusive health services for people with disabilities. Antony is a physiotherapist from the UK. He has worked in international development contexts since 2006 supporting initiatives around the world including Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. He joined PAHO in 2017.  Antony holds a Masters in International Development and is finalizing his doctorate in Public Health.

William "Bill" Peterson, MS

William "Bill" Peterson served on the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) where he managed the agency’s Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) program. During that time, the RERC program was recognized by President Bush in his New Freedom Initiative as a "program worthy of expanding"; subsequently the program grew from 15 RERCs to 22. Bill successful introduced new RERC topics including Telerehabilitation, Accessible Medical Instrumentation, Accessible Public Transportation, Cognitive Technologies, Recreational Technologies for People with Disabilities, Wheelchair Transportation Safety, Spinal Cord Injury, and Mobile Wireless Technologies.