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Access to Assistive Technology during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic: Voices of Users and Families
 
 
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Assistive Technology during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic: The Roles of Government and Civil Society in Fulfilling the Social Contract

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Center for Inclusive Policy, Washington, DC 20005, USA
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Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) Research Centre, Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne 3800, Australia
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Access to Assistive Technology Team, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland
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Kabul Orthopaedic Organization, Kabul 1001, Afghanistan
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Africa Disability Alliance, Pretoria 0077, South Africa
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Pacific Disability Forum, GPO, Suva Box 18458, Fiji
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(22), 12031; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182212031
Received: 23 August 2021 / Revised: 10 November 2021 / Accepted: 10 November 2021 / Published: 16 November 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic imposed significant challenges to users of assistive technology (AT). Three key issues emerged from a series of structured qualitative interviews with 35 AT users in six low- and middle-income countries. These were (1) access to information about COVID-19 and available supports and policies, (2) insufficiency of the government response to meet the needs of AT users, and (3) the response of civil society which partially offset the gap in government response. AT users noted the need for better communication, improved planning for the delivery and maintenance of AT during times of crisis, and higher-quality standards to ensure the availability of appropriate technology. View Full-Text
Keywords: assistive technology; policy; disability; assistive products; service provision; health systems; COVID-19 assistive technology; policy; disability; assistive products; service provision; health systems; COVID-19
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Mont, D.; Layton, N.; Puli, L.; Gupta, S.; Manlapaz, A.; Shae, K.; Tebbutt, E.; Calvo, I.; Sidiqy, M.; Dube, K.; Kacilala, U. Assistive Technology during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic: The Roles of Government and Civil Society in Fulfilling the Social Contract. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 12031. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182212031

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Mont D, Layton N, Puli L, Gupta S, Manlapaz A, Shae K, Tebbutt E, Calvo I, Sidiqy M, Dube K, Kacilala U. Assistive Technology during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic: The Roles of Government and Civil Society in Fulfilling the Social Contract. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(22):12031. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182212031

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Mont, Daniel, Natasha Layton, Louise Puli, Shivani Gupta, Abner Manlapaz, Kylie Shae, Emma Tebbutt, Irene Calvo, Mahpekay Sidiqy, Kudakwashe Dube, and Ulamila Kacilala. 2021. "Assistive Technology during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic: The Roles of Government and Civil Society in Fulfilling the Social Contract" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 22: 12031. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182212031

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