One of the biggest barriers to accessing assistive technology is a lack of data. Without relevant, quality information, decision makers face huge challenges in developing evidence-informed policies and programmes to improve access for their populations.
Responding to this need and to the mandate of the resolution in improving access to assistive technology (WHA71.8), WHO is developing the Assistive Technology Assessment (ATA) toolkit to support countries to collect data on assistive technology.
The ATA toolkit consists of three data collection tools that address the following questions:
- What are the met and unmet population needs in terms of access to assistive technology?
- What is the country’s capacity to meet the identified unmet need?
- What is the impact of assistive technology on the people who use it?
- The ATA toolkit will help countries to collect data to inform decision for policy and programme design, raise awareness on the need and impact of assistive technology, and galvanize political support and resources for assistive technology.