Assistive Technology and Development: an open letter to the United Nations

Creado el 2013-09-23 10:40:10 por Adriana Martínez Sans

Five umbrella organisations in the field of Assistive Technology have published an open letter to the participants of the High level Meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations that will be held in New York of the 23rd of September. This meeting will be dedicated to “Disability and Development”.

In their letter AAATE, RESNA, ARATA, RESJA and AITADIS express appreciation for the intention to mainstream Disability into the post-2015 UN Development Agenda. They further express their commitment to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and their support to the recommendations of the Secretary General, in particular the one on the centrality of “Accessibility” and “Universal Design”. They highlight the role of enabling technologies in enhancing human potential and citizenship and how these technologies may allow people with disabilities to contribute to the development of their communities. To make this happen appropriate policies and programmes should be in place and the letter lists the main areas of interest, such as awareness raising, the development of competence, research into socio-economic and cultural factors that impact on the advancement of Assistive Technologies worldwide, access to products and services, collaboration and knowledge sharing. Finally in their letter the organisations express their availability to collaborate with initiatives supporting these causes.

The letter is published on the following web site:

Members and non members can endorse the letter using the same web link.

AAATE = Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe

RESNA = Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America

AITADIS =  Asociación Iberoamericana de Tecnologías de Apoyo a la Discapacidad

ARATA = Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association

RESJA = Rehabilitation Engineering Society of Japan