The case for investing in assistive technology report

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This report has been led by ATscale, a new global partnership that works
across a broad group of organisations and stakeholders to scale up
access to AT where it is needed most. As champions and users of AT, it is
our imperative to call for investments to increase access to AT, which so
clearly has the power to overcome barriers and transform lives. In doing
so, we can come through on the commitments in the large number of
charters, international declarations, and agreements that state the rights
of people with disabilities to get the assistance they need to lead dignified
and fulfilling lives.
If we are to realise the benefits and release the potential we describe in
this report, we need to act now. We are at the start of a ‘decade of action’
to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This, and the once-in-alifetime
opportunity to break old patterns and do things differently as we
re-build our societies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, provide a
strong incentive to act. The user stories in this report illustrate how even
a single wheelchair or pair of eyeglasses can transform lives. We call on
governments, the private sector, civil society, and everyone who reads
this, to do their part to make AT for all who need it a reality.
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Assistive technology
  • Global initiative
  • Investment