Assistive technology provision: towards an international framework for assuring availability and accessibility of affordable high-quality assistive technology

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de Witte, Luc, Steel, Emily, Gupta, Shivani, Ramos, Vinícius Delgado and Roentgen, Uta. 2018. "Assistive technology provision: towards an international framework for assuring availability and accessibility of affordable high-quality assistive technology." Disability and Rehabilitation Assistive Technology. 13 (5), pp. 467-472. https://doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2018.1470264
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Assistive technology provision: towards an international framework for assuring availability and accessibility of affordable high-quality assistive technology

ERA Journal ID13490
Article CategoryArticle
Authorsde Witte, Luc (Author), Steel, Emily (Author), Gupta, Shivani (Author), Ramos, Vinícius Delgado (Author) and Roentgen, Uta (Author)
Journal TitleDisability and Rehabilitation Assistive Technology
Journal Citation13 (5), pp. 467-472
Number of Pages6
Year2018
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1748-3107
1748-3115
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2018.1470264
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17483107.2018.1470264
Abstract

Purpose: This is a position paper describing the elements of an international framework for assistive technology provision that could guide the development of policies, systems and service delivery procedures across the world. It describes general requirements, quality criteria and possible approaches that may help to enhance the accessibility of affordable and high quality assistive technology solutions.

Materials and methods: The paper is based on the experience of the authors, an analysis of the existing literature and the inputs from many colleagues in the field of assistive technology provision. It includes the results of discussions of an earlier version of the paper during an international conference on the topic in August 2017.

Results and conclusion: The paper ends with the recommendation to develop an international standard for assistive technology provision. Such a standard can have a major impact on the accessibility of AT for people with disabilities. The paper outlines some the key elements to be included in a standard.

Implications for Rehabilitation
Assistive technology is a key element in rehabilitation, but many people have no access to affordable AT solutions. The recommendations in the paper aim to inform policies, systems and service delivery procedures on how to improve access to AT across the world.

Keywordsassistive technology; service delivery; quality criteria; standards
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420318. People with disability
440706. Health policy
420306. Health care administration
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Sheffield, United Kingdom
School of Health and Wellbeing
Maastricht University, Netherlands
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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