It is very important that people who are in need of assistive products utilize those products in their daily life. The first speaker who is recommended by WHO GATE initiative will make a lecture about WHO policy on assistive technology (AT), and the second from The Rehabilitation Engineering Society of Japan (RESJA) will deliver a talk about the current situation of assistive products development and use in Japan which is the most aged society in the world.
Following these lectures, a panel discussion will be held. Remarkable panelists from Asian countries make short presentations about the circumstances of people with disabilities or the elders and usage status of assistive products in each country. After the short reports, the organizers from WHO and The Hyogo Rehabilitation Centre, Japan develop discussions with the panelists about better practice of AT use or methods to improve access to high-quality affordable AT.
Statement of the objective / learning objectives
The aim is to bring deeper understanding among opinion leaders in P&O / Assistive Technology fields. The audience can learn the current situations of AT and be inspired to support AT development and dissemination.