The World Health Organisation has developed a flagship programme – Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) – in partnership with UN Agencies, international organizations, donor agencies, professional organisations, academia, and organizations of/for persons with disabilities.
GATE will open the doors for children with disabilities to access education and adults to earn a living, overcome poverty, participate in all societal activities, and live with dignity, which are some of the key objectives of the global development goals. Assistive Technology, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Accessible Technology, Universal Design, Accessible or Enabling Environment are all interlinked and are preconditions for mainstreaming disability in development priorities.
The GATE team has developed technical specifications for 30 assistive products, and have now opened a consultation to receive feedback. All the information about the project and how to provide feedback can be found here.
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