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

    Desmond, Deirdre and Layton, Natasha and Bentley, Jacob and Boot, Fleur Heleen and Borg, Johan and Maya Dhungana, Bishnu and Gallagher, Pamela and Gitlow, Lynn and Gowran, Rosemary Joan and Groce, Nora and Mavrou, Katerina and Mackeogh, Trish and McDonald, Rachel and Pettersson, Cecilia and Schere, Marcia (2018) Assistive technology and people: a position paper from the first global research, innovation and education on assistive technology (GREAT) summit. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 13 (5). pp. 437-444. ISSN 1748-3107

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    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 per- son, 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.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: People; assistive technology; human rights; co-design; outcomes;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10002
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    Depositing User: Dr. Deirdre Desmond
    Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2018 14:19
    Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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