Assistive technology products and services are largely unavailable, inaccessible, unaffordable, inequitable, and inappropriate in the developing world (Lancet, Nov. 2009).
Rehabilitation services reach 1-2% of people with disabilities in the developing world (WHO).
The majority of people with disabilities in resource limited environments lack access to education, employment, health care, and community engagement. Effective and sustainable rehabiltation and assistive technology solutions have tremendous potential to help realize these human rights.
In collaboration with international partners, the University of Washington is working to advance research and practice in the field of rehabilitation and assistive technology in resource limited environments, particularly within low and middle income countries.
Keynote from the 2013 Symposium: Chapal Khasnabis--Appropriate Assistive Technology. (Note: Captioned version here.)