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Accessible Consumer Electronics Are Essential to Closing the Gap in Assistive Technology Provision

Version 1 : Received: 15 August 2022 / Approved: 16 August 2022 / Online: 16 August 2022 (09:57:38 CEST)

How to cite: Banes, D.P. Accessible Consumer Electronics Are Essential to Closing the Gap in Assistive Technology Provision. Preprints 2022, 2022080286 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202208.0286.v1). Banes, D.P. Accessible Consumer Electronics Are Essential to Closing the Gap in Assistive Technology Provision. Preprints 2022, 2022080286 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202208.0286.v1).

Abstract

Estimates by the World Health Authority suggest that 1 billion people do not have access to the assistive technologies they require. Over the past decade, the design of products that empower people with a disability has shifted from specialised and dedicated products designed only for those with a disability to features and functions integrated into cost-effective consumer technologies for the benefit of all. The opportunity for expansion of the availability of such technologies is at risk of being ignored as a result of models of delivery that are founded in medical devices and which have failed to reflect trends in our understanding of technology and the choices and preferences expressed by persons with a disability. This research undertaken suggests that the opportunities of such expansion offer significant benefits to people with a disability and better both economic and social return on investment for authorities.

Keywords

Assistive Technology; Accessible Technology; Consumer Technologies; Provision, Policy; Funding

Subject

SOCIAL SCIENCES, Other

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