Global report on assistive technology
Access to Assistive Technology deserves greater attention now than ever before.
This Global Report on Assistive Technology captures for the first time a global snapshot illustrating the need, access to and the preparedness of countries to support assistive technology. More than 2.5 billion
people require one or more assistive products, and this is expected to grow to over 3.5 billion by 2050
as the global population ages.
The Report also features many stories illustrating the profound impact those assistive products such as spectacles, hearing aids, communication devices and wheelchairs can have on people’s lives. There is also evidence of the economic and social return on investment in assistive technology. And yet, despite the benefits, many people do not have access to assistive technology, with the gaps greatest in low- and middle-income countries. This global inequity requires urgent collective attention and action.