Everyone uses technology of some description in their lives. Assistive technology is the term is used to describe products which enable activities and participation, and the services which support their application and use. Assistive products may be especially produced or generally available products, used by people experiencing impairment, or the impacts of chronic illness or ageing, to fill the capability gap. Assistive technology is a key strategy to mediate the impact of impairment, to augment functioning, and to achieve participation outcomes. Assistive technology is on a technology continuum with the built environment. Environmental facilitators, and the removal of environmental barriers, can minimise the experience of disablement by many people. Enabling environments and universal design may alter the requirement for individually applied assistive technologies.
Assistive technology is the application of organized knowledge and skills related to assistive products, including systems and services. Assistive technology is a subset of health technology.
Assistive products refers to any external product (including devices, equipment, instruments or software), especially produced or generally available, the primary purpose of which is to maintain or improve an individual's functioning and independence, and thereby promote their well-being. Assistive products are also used to prevent impairments and secondary health conditions.
In 2016 ARATA and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) hosted a seminar to discuss assistive technology provision for people with disability as a local and global priority. Held at Nossal Institute, University of Melbourne and teleconferenced around Australia, this event brought together global, Australian and local perspective and started an important conversation regarding AT in Australia, and how to identify, provide and describe it.
Click here for presentations by the speakers
Chapal Khasnabis (WHO) ‘What is the GATE initiative and why now?’ (Large file 3.9Mb)
To view the full video (1hr 47 min) of the seminar, visit this link