Introduction to Assistive Technology

Access to quality assistive technology is crucial for people with disabilities, yet only 1 in 4 individuals worldwide have that access. Developing affordable and effective assistive technology can greatly empower people with disabilities, enhance their independence, and improve their quality of life.

Through video lectures and hands-on activities, this course provides a comprehensive understanding of disabilities, accessibility, and the role assistive technology plays in transforming lives. Whether you’re a student, a professional in disability support, or simply curious, this course is an ideal starting point to explore the field of Assistive Technology.

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Introduction to Assistive Technology (google.com)

Who is this course for?
This course is designed for technical and non-technical audiences including students in engineering, arts or any other stream who are either,
  • Fascinated towards designing products and technologies, and/or
  • Specifically interested in assistive devices and keen on building a strong foundational knowledge base
What will you learn?
  • What is Assistive Technology and understand the relation between Assistive Technology and the community of users: People with Disabilities.
  • Product development process and the underlying key components.
  • A brief overview of the existing AT start-up ecosystem in India and IITMRP’s vision for the future of AT in India
    How to navigate the course?
    • Go through each module and watch the respective videos
    • Complete the activities in each module to get a holistic understanding
    • Browse through the additional resource materials (optional)
    Additional Notes and References

    The Global Report on Assistive Technology – WHO and UNICEF have prepared the global report on assistive technology which provides the need for and access to assistive products and provides a series of recommendations to expand availability and access, raise awareness of the need, and implement inclusion policies to improve the lives of millions of people.
    Improving access to Assistive Technology
    – WHO focuses on improving the access to assistive technology by coming up with a Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) as a step towards realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and implementing the resolution WHA71.8 on assistive technology.