Are Accessible Software Accountable?: A Commentary
Assist Technol. 2022 Jan 7. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.2024627. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTAccessible software is increasingly important as the incidence of disability continues to increase and the population ages globally, ensuring people are not left behind in the digital revolution. Likewise, there is increased interest in ensuring software is accountable such that it is clear about the information it uses and the actions that it takes. While there has been some agreed upon definitions for accessible, interpretable, and transparent software, accountable software is lacking a universal definition and methodology. We a...
Source: Assistive Technology - January 7, 2022 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Mary Goldberg Hassan Karimi J Bern Jordan Jonathan Lazar Source Type: research

Amputee, clinician, and regulator perspectives on current and prospective upper extremity prosthetic technologies
Assist Technol. 2022 Jan 4. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.2020935. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTExisting prosthetic technologies for people with upper limb amputation are being adopted at moderate rates. Once fitted for these devices, many upper limb amputees report not using them regularly or at all. The primary aim of this study was to solicit feedback about prosthetic technology and important device design criteria from amputees, clinicians, and device regulators. We compare these perspectives to identify common or divergent priorities. Twenty-one adults with upper limb loss, 35 clinicians, and 3 regulators completed a su...
Source: Assistive Technology - January 4, 2022 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Julie Rekant Lee E Fisher Michael Boninger Robert A Gaunt Jennifer L Collinger Source Type: research

Effects of simulated aging on cushion performance measured using standardized laboratory test methods
Assist Technol. 2022 Jan 4. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.2024626. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTStandardized test methods providing wheelchair cushion performance characteristics can aid cushion design and selection. Assessment of the changes in performance that occur with aging provides additional information. Test methods published by the International Organization for Standardization were applied to a cohort of 21 cushions of varying design and construct to assess changes in performance due to simulated aging. Performance tests measured immersion, envelopment, stiffness, impact response and pressure distribution propertie...
Source: Assistive Technology - January 4, 2022 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Patricia Karg David Brienza Alexandra Delazio Lauren Terhorst Clair Smith Source Type: research

Childhood and Assistive Technology: Growing with opportunity, developing with technology
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):87-93. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1971330.ABSTRACTAssistive technology is instrumental for the development and participation of children with disabilities by enabling their communication, mobility, and self-care. Technology also allows each child to explore the worlds of family relationships, friendships, education, play, and household tasks, enhancing their quality of life and that of their families. However, for the vast majority of children with disabilities, inadequate or no access to assistive technology excludes them from education, health, and social services, resulting in lifelon...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Fernando H F Botelho Source Type: research

Applying market shaping approaches to increase access to assistive technology in low- and middle-income countries
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):124-135. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1991050.ABSTRACTDevelopment outcomes are inextricably linked to the health of the marketplace that delivers products and services to people in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Shortcomings in the market for assistive technology (AT) contribute to low access in LMIC. Market shaping is aimed at improving a market's specific outcomes, such as access to high quality, affordable AT, by targeting the root causes of these shortcomings. The paper summarizes the findings of market analyses conducted under the UK aid funded AT2030 programme in support of...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Margaret Savage Sarah Albala Frederic Seghers Rainer Kattel Cynthia Liao Mathilde Chaudron Novia Afdhila Source Type: research

Introduction to the companion papers to the global report on assistive technology
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):1-2. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.2003658.NO ABSTRACTPMID:34951823 | DOI:10.1080/10400435.2021.2003658 (Source: Assistive Technology)
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Johan Borg Wei Zhang Emma M Smith Cathy Holloway Source Type: research

Social protection and access to assistive technology in low- and middle-income countries
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):102-108. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1994052.ABSTRACTTo overcome widespread barriers and lack of support, persons with disabilities face significant disability-related costs, including assistive technology (AT), that drive them to or maintain them in poverty and undermine their socio-economic participation. In many countries, social protection systems are a gateway to accessing assistive devices either through health insurance, integration in Universal Health Coverage (UHC) packages, subsidies, cash transfers or direct provision. However, the broader issues of access to AT (lack of awaren...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Alexandre Cote Source Type: research

A review of innovation strategies and processes to improve access to AT: Looking ahead to open innovation ecosystems
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):68-86. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1970653.ABSTRACTIt is essential to understand the strategies and processes which are deployed currently across the Assistive Technology (AT) space toward measuring innovation. The main aim of this paper is to identify functional innovation strategies and processes which are being or can be deployed in the AT space to increase access to AT globally. We conducted a scoping review of innovation strategies and processes in peer-reviewed literature databases and complemented this by identifying case studies demonstrating innovation strategies. The review incl...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Catherine Holloway Dafne Zuleima Morgado Ramirez Tigmanshu Bhatnagar Ben Oldfrey Priya Morjaria Soikat Ghosh Moulic Ikenna D Ebuenyi Giulia Barbareschi Fiona Meeks Jessica Massie Felipe Ramos-Barajas Joanne McVeigh Kyle Keane George Torrens P V M Rao Malc Source Type: research

Scoping review of economic evaluations of assistive technology globally
This study advocates for a wider use of robust alternative evaluation and appraisal methodologies that can highlight AT value and which would subsequently provide further evidence that may make governments more willing to invest in and shape AT markets.PMID:34951826 | DOI:10.1080/10400435.2021.1960449 (Source: Assistive Technology)
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Sarah Averi Albala Frida Kasteng Arne Henning Eide Rainer Kattel Source Type: research

Measuring assistive technology supply and demand: A scoping review
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):35-49. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1957039.ABSTRACTThe supply of and market demand for assistive products (APs) are complex and influenced by diverse stakeholders. The methods used to collect AP population-level market data are similarly varied. In this paper, we review current population-level AP supply and demand estimation methods for five priority APs and provide recommendations for improving national and global AP market evaluation.Abstracts resulting from a systematic search were double-screened. Extracted data include WHO world region, publication year, age-groups, AP domain(s), st...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Jamie Danemayer Dorothy Boggs Sarah Polack Emma M Smith Vinicius Delgado Ramos Linamara Rizzo Battistella Cathy Holloway Source Type: research

Meeting AT needs in humanitarian crises: The current state of provision
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):3-16. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1934612.ABSTRACTHumanitarian coordination systems increasingly recognize and aim to respond to the needs of people with disabilities within populations affected by crises, spurred on by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which was adopted in 2006. Many agencies state their aim to meet the requirements of the CRPD using a "twin track" approach: ensuring the inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream provision, alongside targeted support for their needs, which may include the need for Assistive Technology ...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Golnaz Whittaker Gavin Adam Wood Giulia Oggero Maria Kett Kirstin Lange Source Type: research

Financing options for the provision of assistive products
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):109-123. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1974979.ABSTRACTHaving predictable, stable and adequate financial resources is essential for achieving universal coverage of essential health products and services, including assistive products. Access to such resources would enable governments and participating organizations to initiate and maintain a system for providing assistive products and associated services, as well as to grow the scope and scale of their operations over time. While limited funding is not the only reason to explain the shortfall in the provision of assistive products globally, ...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Kiu Tay-Teo Diane Bell Matthew Jowett Source Type: research

Inclusive education: The case for early identification and early intervention in assistive technology
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):94-101. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1974122.ABSTRACTThis paper starts by presenting the argument that inclusive education for learners with disabilities is often not possible without their access to fit-for-purpose assistive technology (AT), as the barriers to their education are often environmental.The paper will argue that, if assistive technology is an enabler for learning, then the processes by which children with disabilities are identified as users of assistive technology must take place as early as possible in the lifecycle. Mechanisms associated with Early Identification and Early...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Paula Frederica Hunt Source Type: research

Emerging technologies and their potential for generating new assistive technologies
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):17-26. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1945704.ABSTRACTLimited access to assistive technology (AT) is a well-recognized global challenge. Emerging technologies have potential to develop new assistive products and bridge some of the gaps in access to AT. However, limited analyses exist on the potential of these technologies in the AT field. This paper describes a study that aimed to provide an overview of emerging technological developments and their potential for the AT field. It involved conducting a gray literature review and patent analysis to create an overview of the emerging enabling te...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Sarah Abdi Irene Kitsara Mark S Hawley L P de Witte Source Type: research

Accessibility to digital technology: Virtual barriers, real opportunities
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):27-34. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1945705.ABSTRACTThe potential of digital technology to assist persons with disabilities has always been known. The capabilities of digital devices have been improving so impressively for so long, that the assumption that in parallel the same is happening with accessibility is common. Unfortunately, accessibility for persons with disabilities is neither certain nor constant, and in fact, a conscious and systemic effort is required to ensure that the potential of digital technologies for inclusion is realized.Digital accessibility is best understood as a c...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Fernando H F Botelho Source Type: research

Childhood and Assistive Technology: Growing with opportunity, developing with technology
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):87-93. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1971330.ABSTRACTAssistive technology is instrumental for the development and participation of children with disabilities by enabling their communication, mobility, and self-care. Technology also allows each child to explore the worlds of family relationships, friendships, education, play, and household tasks, enhancing their quality of life and that of their families. However, for the vast majority of children with disabilities, inadequate or no access to assistive technology excludes them from education, health, and social services, resulting in lifelon...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Fernando H F Botelho Source Type: research

Applying market shaping approaches to increase access to assistive technology in low- and middle-income countries
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):124-135. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1991050.ABSTRACTDevelopment outcomes are inextricably linked to the health of the marketplace that delivers products and services to people in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Shortcomings in the market for assistive technology (AT) contribute to low access in LMIC. Market shaping is aimed at improving a market's specific outcomes, such as access to high quality, affordable AT, by targeting the root causes of these shortcomings. The paper summarizes the findings of market analyses conducted under the UK aid funded AT2030 programme in support of...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Margaret Savage Sarah Albala Frederic Seghers Rainer Kattel Cynthia Liao Mathilde Chaudron Novia Afdhila Source Type: research

Introduction to the companion papers to the global report on assistive technology
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):1-2. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.2003658.NO ABSTRACTPMID:34951823 | DOI:10.1080/10400435.2021.2003658 (Source: Assistive Technology)
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Johan Borg Wei Zhang Emma M Smith Cathy Holloway Source Type: research

Social protection and access to assistive technology in low- and middle-income countries
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):102-108. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1994052.ABSTRACTTo overcome widespread barriers and lack of support, persons with disabilities face significant disability-related costs, including assistive technology (AT), that drive them to or maintain them in poverty and undermine their socio-economic participation. In many countries, social protection systems are a gateway to accessing assistive devices either through health insurance, integration in Universal Health Coverage (UHC) packages, subsidies, cash transfers or direct provision. However, the broader issues of access to AT (lack of awaren...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Alexandre Cote Source Type: research

A review of innovation strategies and processes to improve access to AT: Looking ahead to open innovation ecosystems
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):68-86. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1970653.ABSTRACTIt is essential to understand the strategies and processes which are deployed currently across the Assistive Technology (AT) space toward measuring innovation. The main aim of this paper is to identify functional innovation strategies and processes which are being or can be deployed in the AT space to increase access to AT globally. We conducted a scoping review of innovation strategies and processes in peer-reviewed literature databases and complemented this by identifying case studies demonstrating innovation strategies. The review incl...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Catherine Holloway Dafne Zuleima Morgado Ramirez Tigmanshu Bhatnagar Ben Oldfrey Priya Morjaria Soikat Ghosh Moulic Ikenna D Ebuenyi Giulia Barbareschi Fiona Meeks Jessica Massie Felipe Ramos-Barajas Joanne McVeigh Kyle Keane George Torrens P V M Rao Malc Source Type: research

Scoping review of economic evaluations of assistive technology globally
This study advocates for a wider use of robust alternative evaluation and appraisal methodologies that can highlight AT value and which would subsequently provide further evidence that may make governments more willing to invest in and shape AT markets.PMID:34951826 | DOI:10.1080/10400435.2021.1960449 (Source: Assistive Technology)
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Sarah Averi Albala Frida Kasteng Arne Henning Eide Rainer Kattel Source Type: research

Measuring assistive technology supply and demand: A scoping review
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):35-49. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1957039.ABSTRACTThe supply of and market demand for assistive products (APs) are complex and influenced by diverse stakeholders. The methods used to collect AP population-level market data are similarly varied. In this paper, we review current population-level AP supply and demand estimation methods for five priority APs and provide recommendations for improving national and global AP market evaluation.Abstracts resulting from a systematic search were double-screened. Extracted data include WHO world region, publication year, age-groups, AP domain(s), st...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Jamie Danemayer Dorothy Boggs Sarah Polack Emma M Smith Vinicius Delgado Ramos Linamara Rizzo Battistella Cathy Holloway Source Type: research

Meeting AT needs in humanitarian crises: The current state of provision
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):3-16. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1934612.ABSTRACTHumanitarian coordination systems increasingly recognize and aim to respond to the needs of people with disabilities within populations affected by crises, spurred on by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which was adopted in 2006. Many agencies state their aim to meet the requirements of the CRPD using a "twin track" approach: ensuring the inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream provision, alongside targeted support for their needs, which may include the need for Assistive Technology ...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Golnaz Whittaker Gavin Adam Wood Giulia Oggero Maria Kett Kirstin Lange Source Type: research

Financing options for the provision of assistive products
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):109-123. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1974979.ABSTRACTHaving predictable, stable and adequate financial resources is essential for achieving universal coverage of essential health products and services, including assistive products. Access to such resources would enable governments and participating organizations to initiate and maintain a system for providing assistive products and associated services, as well as to grow the scope and scale of their operations over time. While limited funding is not the only reason to explain the shortfall in the provision of assistive products globally, ...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Kiu Tay-Teo Diane Bell Matthew Jowett Source Type: research

Inclusive education: The case for early identification and early intervention in assistive technology
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):94-101. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1974122.ABSTRACTThis paper starts by presenting the argument that inclusive education for learners with disabilities is often not possible without their access to fit-for-purpose assistive technology (AT), as the barriers to their education are often environmental.The paper will argue that, if assistive technology is an enabler for learning, then the processes by which children with disabilities are identified as users of assistive technology must take place as early as possible in the lifecycle. Mechanisms associated with Early Identification and Early...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Paula Frederica Hunt Source Type: research

Emerging technologies and their potential for generating new assistive technologies
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):17-26. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1945704.ABSTRACTLimited access to assistive technology (AT) is a well-recognized global challenge. Emerging technologies have potential to develop new assistive products and bridge some of the gaps in access to AT. However, limited analyses exist on the potential of these technologies in the AT field. This paper describes a study that aimed to provide an overview of emerging technological developments and their potential for the AT field. It involved conducting a gray literature review and patent analysis to create an overview of the emerging enabling te...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Sarah Abdi Irene Kitsara Mark S Hawley L P de Witte Source Type: research

Accessibility to digital technology: Virtual barriers, real opportunities
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):27-34. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1945705.ABSTRACTThe potential of digital technology to assist persons with disabilities has always been known. The capabilities of digital devices have been improving so impressively for so long, that the assumption that in parallel the same is happening with accessibility is common. Unfortunately, accessibility for persons with disabilities is neither certain nor constant, and in fact, a conscious and systemic effort is required to ensure that the potential of digital technologies for inclusion is realized.Digital accessibility is best understood as a c...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Fernando H F Botelho Source Type: research

Childhood and Assistive Technology: Growing with opportunity, developing with technology
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):87-93. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1971330.ABSTRACTAssistive technology is instrumental for the development and participation of children with disabilities by enabling their communication, mobility, and self-care. Technology also allows each child to explore the worlds of family relationships, friendships, education, play, and household tasks, enhancing their quality of life and that of their families. However, for the vast majority of children with disabilities, inadequate or no access to assistive technology excludes them from education, health, and social services, resulting in lifelon...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Fernando H F Botelho Source Type: research

Applying market shaping approaches to increase access to assistive technology in low- and middle-income countries
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):124-135. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1991050.ABSTRACTDevelopment outcomes are inextricably linked to the health of the marketplace that delivers products and services to people in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Shortcomings in the market for assistive technology (AT) contribute to low access in LMIC. Market shaping is aimed at improving a market's specific outcomes, such as access to high quality, affordable AT, by targeting the root causes of these shortcomings. The paper summarizes the findings of market analyses conducted under the UK aid funded AT2030 programme in support of...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Margaret Savage Sarah Albala Frederic Seghers Rainer Kattel Cynthia Liao Mathilde Chaudron Novia Afdhila Source Type: research

Introduction to the companion papers to the global report on assistive technology
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):1-2. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.2003658.NO ABSTRACTPMID:34951823 | DOI:10.1080/10400435.2021.2003658 (Source: Assistive Technology)
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Johan Borg Wei Zhang Emma M Smith Cathy Holloway Source Type: research

Social protection and access to assistive technology in low- and middle-income countries
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):102-108. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1994052.ABSTRACTTo overcome widespread barriers and lack of support, persons with disabilities face significant disability-related costs, including assistive technology (AT), that drive them to or maintain them in poverty and undermine their socio-economic participation. In many countries, social protection systems are a gateway to accessing assistive devices either through health insurance, integration in Universal Health Coverage (UHC) packages, subsidies, cash transfers or direct provision. However, the broader issues of access to AT (lack of awaren...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Alexandre Cote Source Type: research

A review of innovation strategies and processes to improve access to AT: Looking ahead to open innovation ecosystems
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):68-86. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1970653.ABSTRACTIt is essential to understand the strategies and processes which are deployed currently across the Assistive Technology (AT) space toward measuring innovation. The main aim of this paper is to identify functional innovation strategies and processes which are being or can be deployed in the AT space to increase access to AT globally. We conducted a scoping review of innovation strategies and processes in peer-reviewed literature databases and complemented this by identifying case studies demonstrating innovation strategies. The review incl...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Catherine Holloway Dafne Zuleima Morgado Ramirez Tigmanshu Bhatnagar Ben Oldfrey Priya Morjaria Soikat Ghosh Moulic Ikenna D Ebuenyi Giulia Barbareschi Fiona Meeks Jessica Massie Felipe Ramos-Barajas Joanne McVeigh Kyle Keane George Torrens P V M Rao Malc Source Type: research

Scoping review of economic evaluations of assistive technology globally
This study advocates for a wider use of robust alternative evaluation and appraisal methodologies that can highlight AT value and which would subsequently provide further evidence that may make governments more willing to invest in and shape AT markets.PMID:34951826 | DOI:10.1080/10400435.2021.1960449 (Source: Assistive Technology)
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Sarah Averi Albala Frida Kasteng Arne Henning Eide Rainer Kattel Source Type: research

Measuring assistive technology supply and demand: A scoping review
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):35-49. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1957039.ABSTRACTThe supply of and market demand for assistive products (APs) are complex and influenced by diverse stakeholders. The methods used to collect AP population-level market data are similarly varied. In this paper, we review current population-level AP supply and demand estimation methods for five priority APs and provide recommendations for improving national and global AP market evaluation.Abstracts resulting from a systematic search were double-screened. Extracted data include WHO world region, publication year, age-groups, AP domain(s), st...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Jamie Danemayer Dorothy Boggs Sarah Polack Emma M Smith Vinicius Delgado Ramos Linamara Rizzo Battistella Cathy Holloway Source Type: research

Meeting AT needs in humanitarian crises: The current state of provision
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):3-16. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1934612.ABSTRACTHumanitarian coordination systems increasingly recognize and aim to respond to the needs of people with disabilities within populations affected by crises, spurred on by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which was adopted in 2006. Many agencies state their aim to meet the requirements of the CRPD using a "twin track" approach: ensuring the inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream provision, alongside targeted support for their needs, which may include the need for Assistive Technology ...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Golnaz Whittaker Gavin Adam Wood Giulia Oggero Maria Kett Kirstin Lange Source Type: research

Financing options for the provision of assistive products
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):109-123. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1974979.ABSTRACTHaving predictable, stable and adequate financial resources is essential for achieving universal coverage of essential health products and services, including assistive products. Access to such resources would enable governments and participating organizations to initiate and maintain a system for providing assistive products and associated services, as well as to grow the scope and scale of their operations over time. While limited funding is not the only reason to explain the shortfall in the provision of assistive products globally, ...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Kiu Tay-Teo Diane Bell Matthew Jowett Source Type: research

Inclusive education: The case for early identification and early intervention in assistive technology
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):94-101. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1974122.ABSTRACTThis paper starts by presenting the argument that inclusive education for learners with disabilities is often not possible without their access to fit-for-purpose assistive technology (AT), as the barriers to their education are often environmental.The paper will argue that, if assistive technology is an enabler for learning, then the processes by which children with disabilities are identified as users of assistive technology must take place as early as possible in the lifecycle. Mechanisms associated with Early Identification and Early...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Paula Frederica Hunt Source Type: research

Emerging technologies and their potential for generating new assistive technologies
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):17-26. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1945704.ABSTRACTLimited access to assistive technology (AT) is a well-recognized global challenge. Emerging technologies have potential to develop new assistive products and bridge some of the gaps in access to AT. However, limited analyses exist on the potential of these technologies in the AT field. This paper describes a study that aimed to provide an overview of emerging technological developments and their potential for the AT field. It involved conducting a gray literature review and patent analysis to create an overview of the emerging enabling te...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Sarah Abdi Irene Kitsara Mark S Hawley L P de Witte Source Type: research

Accessibility to digital technology: Virtual barriers, real opportunities
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):27-34. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1945705.ABSTRACTThe potential of digital technology to assist persons with disabilities has always been known. The capabilities of digital devices have been improving so impressively for so long, that the assumption that in parallel the same is happening with accessibility is common. Unfortunately, accessibility for persons with disabilities is neither certain nor constant, and in fact, a conscious and systemic effort is required to ensure that the potential of digital technologies for inclusion is realized.Digital accessibility is best understood as a c...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Fernando H F Botelho Source Type: research

Childhood and Assistive Technology: Growing with opportunity, developing with technology
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):87-93. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1971330.ABSTRACTAssistive technology is instrumental for the development and participation of children with disabilities by enabling their communication, mobility, and self-care. Technology also allows each child to explore the worlds of family relationships, friendships, education, play, and household tasks, enhancing their quality of life and that of their families. However, for the vast majority of children with disabilities, inadequate or no access to assistive technology excludes them from education, health, and social services, resulting in lifelon...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Fernando H F Botelho Source Type: research

Applying market shaping approaches to increase access to assistive technology in low- and middle-income countries
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):124-135. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1991050.ABSTRACTDevelopment outcomes are inextricably linked to the health of the marketplace that delivers products and services to people in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Shortcomings in the market for assistive technology (AT) contribute to low access in LMIC. Market shaping is aimed at improving a market's specific outcomes, such as access to high quality, affordable AT, by targeting the root causes of these shortcomings. The paper summarizes the findings of market analyses conducted under the UK aid funded AT2030 programme in support of...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Margaret Savage Sarah Albala Frederic Seghers Rainer Kattel Cynthia Liao Mathilde Chaudron Novia Afdhila Source Type: research

Introduction to the companion papers to the global report on assistive technology
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):1-2. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.2003658.NO ABSTRACTPMID:34951823 | DOI:10.1080/10400435.2021.2003658 (Source: Assistive Technology)
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Johan Borg Wei Zhang Emma M Smith Cathy Holloway Source Type: research

Social protection and access to assistive technology in low- and middle-income countries
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):102-108. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1994052.ABSTRACTTo overcome widespread barriers and lack of support, persons with disabilities face significant disability-related costs, including assistive technology (AT), that drive them to or maintain them in poverty and undermine their socio-economic participation. In many countries, social protection systems are a gateway to accessing assistive devices either through health insurance, integration in Universal Health Coverage (UHC) packages, subsidies, cash transfers or direct provision. However, the broader issues of access to AT (lack of awaren...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Alexandre Cote Source Type: research

A review of innovation strategies and processes to improve access to AT: Looking ahead to open innovation ecosystems
Assist Technol. 2021 Dec 1;33(sup1):68-86. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1970653.ABSTRACTIt is essential to understand the strategies and processes which are deployed currently across the Assistive Technology (AT) space toward measuring innovation. The main aim of this paper is to identify functional innovation strategies and processes which are being or can be deployed in the AT space to increase access to AT globally. We conducted a scoping review of innovation strategies and processes in peer-reviewed literature databases and complemented this by identifying case studies demonstrating innovation strategies. The review incl...
Source: Assistive Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Catherine Holloway Dafne Zuleima Morgado Ramirez Tigmanshu Bhatnagar Ben Oldfrey Priya Morjaria Soikat Ghosh Moulic Ikenna D Ebuenyi Giulia Barbareschi Fiona Meeks Jessica Massie Felipe Ramos-Barajas Joanne McVeigh Kyle Keane George Torrens P V M Rao Malc Source Type: research