Assistive Technology for Children with Disabilities: Creating Opportunities for Education, Inclusion and Participation. A discussion paper
(2015; 19 pages)


Assistive technology includes products and related services that improve the functioning of children with disabilities. It can be instrumental for children’s development and health, as well as for participation in various facets of life. These include communication, mobility, self-care, household tasks, family relationships, education, and engagement in play and recreation. Assistive technology can enhance the quality of life of both children and their families. Recognizing its importance, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) urges governments to ensure the provision of affordable assistive technologies and related services in several of its articles.

Too often, assistive technology has been a missing link in the chain of prerequisites that enable children with disabilities to lead a life where they can enjoy and exercise their rights. While national governments have primary responsibility to ensure that persons with disabilities can access assistive products, international cooperation in the area of assistive technology can also be a critical catalyst. This UNICEF-WHO discussion paper is a way forward to foster international cooperation to improve access to assistive technology, especially for children with disabilities.

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