Assistive products and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Citation:

Tebbutt, E., Brodmann, R., Borg, J., MacLachlan, M., Khasnabis, C. & Horvath, R. 2016, “Assistive products and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, Globalization and Health, vol. 12.

Abstract:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have placed great emphasis on the need for much greater social inclusion, and on making deliberate efforts to reach marginalized groups. People with disabilities are often marginalized through their lack of access to a range of services and opportunities. Assistive products can help people overcome impairments and barriers enabling them to be active, participating and productive members of society. Assistive products are vital for people with disabilities, frailty and chronic illnesses; and for those with mental health problems, and gradual cognitive and physical decline characteristic of aging populations. This paper illustrates how the achievement of each of the 17 SDGs can be facilitated by the use of assistive products. Without promoting the availability of assistive products the SDGs cannot be achieved equitably. We highlight how assistive products can be considered as both a mediator and a moderator of SDG achievement. We also briefly describe how the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) is working to promote greater access to assistive products on a global scale.

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AT-Info-Map Assistive Technology Taxonomy Descriptions

The  Assistive Technology Information Mapping project (AT-Info-Map) has grouped different types of assistive technology (AT) into the following main “AT Categories”:

  • Clocks Alarms And Memory
  • Communication
  • Eating And Drinking
  • Environmental Modifications
  • Eye And Skin Protection
  • Hearing
  • Mobile And Computer
  • Orientation And Navigation
  • Personal Mobility
  • Pressure Care
  • Prostheses And Orthoses
  • Reaching Grasping And Positioning
  • Reproduction And Sexuality
  • Standing Lying And Posture
  • Toileting And Bathing
  • Vision
  • Writing Reading And Braille

All information related to AT posted on this website will therefore be categorised into any one of the above mentioned categories, or it may belong to more than one categories. Depending on the nature of information posted, some information may also be uncategorised.

To understand what each of the AT categories listed above, an AT-Info-Map Assistive Technology Taxonomy Descriptions was prepared by the University of Washington, SAFOD‘s technical partner in the AT-Info-Map project. You can download the AT-Info-Map Assistive Technology Taxonomy Descriptions here.

In addition to AT categories,  all services related to AT provided by an organization or an individual have been categorised into four main “service categories” as follows:

  • Advocacy & Support
  • Rehabilitation
  • Education & Job Training
  • Accessibility Service

All information related to AT services posted on this website will therefore be categorised into any one of the above mentioned four categories, or in may belong to more than one service categories. Depending on the nature of information posted, it can also also be uncategorised.