Assistive Technology Insights Portal

Turning global data into actionable insights.

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By reducing data gaps and promoting knowledge sharing, we aim to support evidence-based policy-level decision-making.

The portal provides access to more than 800 resources across 112 countries, and has been developed by Global Disability Innovation Hub - the world's first World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Collaborating Centre for Assistive Technology (AT). The insights portal is funded by UK aid as part of the GDI Hub's AT2030 programme, to improve access to life-changing AT for all.

Who is this portal for?

The portal is designed for anyone involved in the research and analysis of need and availability of assistive technology at country level.
You might be developing policies within government, International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs), Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs), or specialised agencies.

What insights are here?

The portal currently includes types of data from these types of research: published studies, national surveys, cohort studies, and rapid Assistive Technology Assessment (rATA).
Find out more about the research conducted by Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub to create the portal.

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Global Assistive Technology (AT) Innovation Insights

The AT2030 Innovator Map provides an invaluable resource to innovators, People with Disabilities (PwD's) and investors alike.

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Love data? We do!

Learn more about the data that powers this portal, and how we collected it.

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Assistive Technology for what?

If Assistive Technology is the mechanism, then some version of justice is the goal to which it contributes.

What does this map show?

Access to assistive technology can be indicated by many measures, with some including how many people have or use AT, or need products they do not have. So, 'having', 'using', and 'unmet need' for AT are some examples of indicators we look for in data to learn about how many people have access to what types of AT.

are several types of data that include these (and more) indicators:

Publications: Often, peer-reviewed studies on AT-related topics include AT indicators in findings. We conducted a systematic review to identify published studies and mapped the study locations.

National surveys: Countries are increasingly including questions on AT in censuses, household surveys, and other types of routine data collection. We reviewed national survey questionnaires and map the surveys and countries that include questions that would generate AT indicators.

Cohorts: Population cohorts are studies that take an initial survey of a sample of individuals, and routinely follow-up with those same individuals over time, often to study how health changes as individuals age. We reviewed cohorts to identify which include modules on AT indicators, and map where these cohorts are based.

rATA survey: The rapid assistive technology survey (rATA) developed by the WHO is the first population-based survey dedicated to AT indicators, so we highlight it against other types of surveys. We map which countries have carried out a rATA survey.

To explore what types of data are available in which countries, you can use the map below.