Assistive technology and people: a position paper from the first global research, innovation and education on assistive technology (GREAT) summit
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018

Assistive technology (AT) is a powerful enabler of participation. The World Health Organization’s Global Collaboration on Assistive Technology (GATE) programme is actively working towards access to assistive technology for all. Developed through collaborative work as a part of the Global Research, Innovation and Education on Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit, this position paper provides a “state of the science” view of AT users, conceptualized as “People” within the set of GATE strategic “P”s. People are at the core of policy, products, personnel and provision. AT is an interface between the person and the life they would like to lead. People’s preferences, perspectives and goals are fundamental to defining and determining the success of AT. Maximizing the impact of AT in enabling participation requires an individualized and holistic understanding of the value and meaning of AT for the individual, taking a universal model perspective, focusing on the person, in context, and then considering the condition and/or the technology. This paper aims to situate and emphasize people at the centre of AT systems: we highlight personal meanings and perspectives on AT use and consider the role of advocacy, empowerment and co-design in developing and driving AT processes.




human rights

assistive technology


Deirdre Desmond

Maynooth University

Natasha Layton

Swinburne University of Technology

Jacob Bentley

Johns Hopkins University

Fleur Heleen Boot

Maynooth University

Johan Borg

Lunds universitet

Bishnu Maya Dhungana

Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist

Pamela Gallagher

Dublin City University

Lynn Gitlow

Ithaca College

Rosemary Joan Gowran

University of Limerick

Nora Groce

University College London (UCL)

Katerina Mavrou

European University Cyprus

Trish Mackeogh

Queen's University Belfast

Rachael McDonald

Swinburne University of Technology

Cecilia Pettersson

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggnadsdesign

Marcia J. Scherer

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Disability and rehabilitation. Assistive technology

17483107 (ISSN) 17483115 (eISSN)

Vol. 13 5 437-444


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