Shattering Barriers: How can Assistive Technology Deliver the Greatest Impact?


Wed, 28 Feb: 15:30 - 16:00 CEST

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MWC Debate Stage, Hall 6

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Is technology truly benefiting everyone? With over 2.5 billion individuals in need of assistive technology and nearly one billion denied access, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where accessibility can be as low as 3%, a pressing question arises: what barriers hinder the provision of essential assistive products?


Assistive technology plays a vital role in transforming opportunities for many and yet, challenges remain that impact the quality, supply, reach and overall effectiveness of assistive products. Can emerging technologies like VR, AR, and AI pave the way to transform the landscape of assistive technology, marking it as a true game-changer?


Are current assistive products truly effective, what obstacles prevent these products being accessed on a global scale and how can technology break barriers and become a catalyst for a more inclusive society?

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