Early Identification and Intervention: Barriers to Assistive Technology

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Barriers to Assistive Technology

Disability is related to the interaction between a child with impairment and an environment with barriers that hinder his or her participation on an equal basis with others. Assistive technology can help reduce or eliminate such barriers.

Some barriers to easy access to assistive technology are:

Barriers to Assistive Technology

Barriers to Assistive Technology

  • Lack of awareness: Many people with disabilities and their families have limited awareness of assistive products and services.

  • Lack of governance including legislation, policies and national programmes: For many states, provision of assistive technology is a relatively low area of priority.

  • Lack of services: Assistive technology services are often in short supply and located far away from where children with disabilities live.

  • Lack of products: In many countries, there is no production of assistive products or are produced on a small scale. It is small not only in terms of quantity, but also in terms of the range of types, models and sizes of the products.

Children with special needs ought to be provided diagnosis and remediation early in their lives. The parents are the primary interventionists with the school personnel providing additional support and directions for the remedial activities. A coordinated effort of intervention will contribute immensely to the inclusion into the mainstream and academic achievement.

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