Depending on a country's health system, some assistive devices may be financed by the government's healthcare or commercial insurers.
FREMONT, CA:The major goal of assistive devices and technologies is to maintain or improve an individual's functionality and independence to facilitate participation and improve overall well-being. Wheelchairs, prostheses, hearing aids, visual aids, and specialized computer software and hardware are examples of assistive devices and technologies that improve mobility, hearing, vision, or communication capabilities.
Assistive devices are any products used by or for people with disabilities for participation, protection, support, training, measuring, or substituting for body functions/structures and activities, or to prevent impairments, activity limitations, or participation restrictions.
Purchase and maintenance expenditures for assistive devices can be high, especially for youngsters and individuals undergoing rehabilitation with the expectation of improvement, who will outgrow their assistance devices due to growth or changing abilities. Depending on a country's health system, some assistive devices may be financed by the government's healthcare or commercial insurers. States are also encouraged to support the development, manufacturing, distribution, and maintenance of assistive devices and equipment and disseminate information about them, according to the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities.
Barriers to Assistive Devices
Key barriers to individuals using assistive devices as follows:
• Lack of awareness;
• Inadequacy of governance including legislation, policies, and national programs;
• Shortage of products and services;
• Inaccessible environments;
• Lack of human resources;
• Financial barriers.
Strategies for Providing Assistive Devices
Key principles to consider:
Availability: Services and products are provided in sufficient quantities as close as feasible to the communities where children live.
Accessibility: Everyone who requires services and products has access to them. To eliminate disparities between genders, disability groups, socioeconomic groups, and geographic regions, they should be delivered equitably.
Affordability: Products and services are accessible to everyone who require them.
Adaptability: Individuals' wants and requirements are met through the adaptation and modification of services and goods. They must take into account individual variables (such as health, body structure, body function, capacity, gender, age, ethnicity, and preference) and environmental factors (for example, physical environment, psychosocial environment, climate, and culture).