AT DIGEST: Issue 3

International Disability Alliance
March 13, 2024
AT2030 Resources

More than 2.5 billion people around the world need at least one assistive product to support their full and effective participation in their lives, out of them, 90% do not have access to assistive technology. While access to AT is limited globally, the unmet AT need is disproportionately high in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC), where only 5–15% of people who require AT access have access to AT. Lack of human-centered AT policies is largely responsible for these huge unmet needs across the world. Integrating human-centered AT policies into the legal frameworks of the countries is a prerequisite for ensuring AT for all potential users.

The third issue of the AT Digest reflects on focuses on the relevance of meaningful consultation with and participation of AT users, including organizations of persons with disabilities, to AT policy making and implementation processes.