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Innovation in Assistive Technology: Voice of the User

Independent Internet Professional and Disability Advocate, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Department of Health Professions, Swinburne University, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia
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Societies 2019, 9(2), 48;
Received: 31 March 2019 / Revised: 16 June 2019 / Accepted: 19 June 2019 / Published: 24 June 2019
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This article is an open letter to assistive technology stakeholders from an assistive technology user perspective. Contemporary systems thinking in assistive technology identifies the interlinking themes of people, products, personnel, policy and provision. We add to the current discourse on these five themes through the voice of an expert assistive technology user, who states that “As a disabled person and as a long-time expert assistive technology user, this is everything that I wish you knew and everything I wish you would do.” Our objective is to provide a user-centered commentary upon current trends and innovations in assistive technology, illuminating real impacts and outcomes from a social perspective and adding a rarely-heard voice to the literature. View Full-Text
Keywords: innovation; standpoints; convergence; disability; assistive technology innovation; standpoints; convergence; disability; assistive technology

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Buchanan, R.; Layton, N. Innovation in Assistive Technology: Voice of the User. Societies 2019, 9, 48.

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