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Assistive technology

18 May 2018

Key facts

  • Assistive technology is an umbrella term covering the systems and services related to the delivery of assistive products and services.
  • Assistive products maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence, thereby promoting their well-being.
  • Hearing aids, wheelchairs, communication aids, spectacles, prostheses, pill organizers and memory aids are all examples of assistive products.
  • Globally, more than 1 billion people need 1 or more assistive products.
  • With an ageing global population and a rise in noncommunicable diseases, more than 2 billion people will need at least 1 assistive product by 2030, with many older people needing 2 or more.
  • Today, only 1 in 10 people in need have access to assistive products.

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