Accessibility and assistive products
International Journal of Integrated Care, 22 June 2009 - ISSN 1568-4156
Conference abstract
Accessibility and assistive products
Cristina Rodríguez-Porrero, Director, National Reference Centre for Personal Autonomy and Assistive Technologies (CEAPAT), Madrid, Spain
Correspondence to: Cristina Rodríguez-Porrero, E-mail: crodriguez@imserso.mepsyd.es
Abstract


Introduction: Accessibility and assistive products and technologies are needed to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities and older persons. Many developments have been implemented in laws, standards, markets and from the consumers perspective, at international, European and national levels. The real issue is that not all the potential users benefit from the use of assistive products or accessible measures.


Discussion: Innovative methods are needed to allow all potential users to have real advantage of assistive technologies and accessible and design for all facilities. Best practices will be presented and existing gaps and recommendations will be discussed. Cost-benefits aspects will also be presented.


Conclusion: In order to get advantages from opportunities of globalization, hard work and responsibilities of all stakeholders are needed, so that assistive products and accessibility reach a whole range of situations and environments and contribute to ensure quality of life in a society for all.

Keywords
accessibility; assistive products; technologies; disabilities; elderly

Presentation slides available from: http://www.bridgingknowledge.net/Presentations/Symp12_RodriguezPorrero.pdf