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Assistive technology (at)

  1. 1. The Gap
  2. 2. <ul><li>1.8 million Number of people age 15 and older who report being unable to see. </li></ul><ul><li>1 million Number of people age 15 and older who report being unable to hear. </li></ul><ul><li>2.6 million Number of people age 15 and older who have some difficulty having their speech understood by others. Of this number, 610,000 were unable to have their speech understood at all. </li></ul><ul><li>14.3 million Number of people with limitations in cognitive functioning or a mental or emotional illness that interferes with their daily activities. This includes those with Alzheimer’s disease, depression and mental retardation. This group comprises 6 percent of the population </li></ul>Source: Pucci, D. http://www.disabledinaction.org/census_stats.html
  3. 3. <ul><li>10.7 million Number of people age 6 and older who need personal assistance with one or more activities of daily living (such as taking a bath or shower) or instrumental activities of daily living (such as using the telephone). This group amounts to 4 percent of people in this age category. </li></ul><ul><li>2.7 million Number of people age 15 and older who use a wheelchair. Another 9.1 million use an ambulatory aid such as a cane, crutches or walker . </li></ul>Source: Pucci, D. http://www.disabledinaction.org/census_stats.html
  4. 4. <ul><li>Assistive technology is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software, and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies </li></ul>source: http://www.washington.edu/accessit/articles?109

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