Why Assistive Technology?
For example, as of 2018:
- 970 million people are in need of eyeglasses and low vision aids
- 94 million are in need of hearing aids
- 75 million are in need of wheelchairs.
Assistive technology (AT) is an umbrella term covering the systems and services related to the delivery of assistive products and services. Today, over one billion people need an assistive technology (AT), yet over 900 million people (90%) do not have access to the wheelchairs, eyeglasses, hearing aids, prosthetics, and other life changing AT they need. By 2050, over two billion people will need some form of AT in order to go to school, get a job, or play a full role in their families or communities
Lack of access to AT means that individuals and their families bear significant and often life-threatening consequences, including:
- Isolation and exclusion from education, work, family, and community life
- Poorer health outcomes including premature death, deteriorating mental health, chronic health conditions, and other secondary health complications
- Increased costs and lower incomes, leading to higher risks of poverty and unrealized economic potential from the individual to the country level
This Partnership will revolutionize access to AT, which is necessary to achieve Universal Health Coverage and all of our ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, especially:
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