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What international documents are driving the development of assistive technology for people with disabilities?

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Jace Leung
24 July 2021
What international documents are driving the development of assistive technology for people with disabilities?

What international documents are driving the development of assistive technology for people with disabilities?

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joshuakwok1990@yahoo.com
23 July 2021

Good luck.

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Jace Leung
23 July 2021

I appreciate your quick and helpful answer.

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joshuakwok1990@yahoo.com
23 July 2021

The UN Resolution “The Standard Rules for Equalization of Opportunities for People with Disabilities ” (UN, 1994) is an important document with strong impact on the future of people with disabilities. Standard Rule 4 on Support Services states: “States should ensure the development and supply of support services, including assistive devices for persons with disabilities, to assist them to increase their level of independence in their daily living and to exercise their rights”. The resolution also states “States should ensure the provision of assistive devices and equipment according to the needs of persons with disabilities, as important measures to achieve the equalization of opportunities” and “States should support the development, production, distribution and servicing of assistive devices and equipment and the dissemination of knowledge about them.”
The 58th World Health Assembly adopted the resolution “Disability, including prevention, management and rehabilitation” in 2005 (WHO, 2005). The resolution states that 80% of people with disabilities live in low-income countries and that poverty limits access to basic health services, including rehabilitation services. On assistive technology the resolution urges member states to “facilitate access to appropriate technology and to promote its development and other means that encourage the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society” and to “ensure provision of adequate and effective medical care to people with special needs and to facilitate their access to such care including prostheses, wheelchairs, driving aids and other devices.”

UN (1994). The Standard Rules for the Equalization of Opportunities for People with Disabilities, New York: United Nations.
WHO (2005). Disability, Including Prevention, Management and Rehabilitation, Resolution Adopted at the 58th World Health Assembly. Geneva: World Health Organization.

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