Rehabilitation services reach 1-2% of people with disabilities in the developing world (WHO).
Assistive technology products and services are largely unavailable, inaccessible, unaffordable, inequitable, and inappropriate in the developing world (Lancet, Nov. 2009).
The vast majority of people with disabilities in low and middle income countries lack access to education, employment, health care, civic and social engagement. Effective and sustainable rehabiltation and assistive technology solutions have tremendous potential to help realize these rights.
In collaboration with Seattle-based NGOs, the University of Washington is working to advance research and practice in the field of rehabilitation and assistive technology in resource limited environments.