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Assistive Technology (AT)
the need and the potential
Alf Morris MP
Lord Morris of Manchester
Chronically Sick & Disabled
Persons Act (1970)
First ever Minister for
We believe that people of all ages, who face difficulty in
daily living should be able to live full, independent lives,
shaped by their own choices.
We provide expert advice and impartial information that
makes a practical difference to daily life.
Over two million people access our products and services.
Goal of five million by 2017.
What is Assistive Technology?
Any product or service designed to enable
independence for disabled and older people.
Communication – big button PCs, eye-gaze
and head tracker technology
Dressing - sock aid; elastic or coiled shoelaces
Toileting – wash and dry loos
Medication reminder – automatic pill
dispensing at pre-set times
Telecare – safety, security, sensors
Emergent crisis pending in social care - chronically
An ageing population
‘Ticking-time bombs’ of diabetes, dementia, obesity…
Demand for support is rising - welfare reforms leave fewer
people eligible for help.
DLF – enabling choice and control
Assistive technology changes lives
DLF’s information and advice is transformational
Assistive technology cannot replace human interaction or
intervention but it can give individual’s dignity and enable a
better life at home
Not about older and disabled people – it’s just about ‘us’