Global Disability Summit
Globally, an estimated one billion people have a disability, of which 800 million live in developing countries. In these countries, disability is both a cause and consequence of poverty and people often face significant barriers that prevent them from participating fully in society, including getting a quality education and employment.
The four main themes of this year's Global Disability Summit, held in London in July, were dignity and respect for all, inclusive education, economic empowerment, and technology & innovation.
Included under the umbrella of 'technology & innovation' was assistive technology (AT) for people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries. During the summit, the main challenges to universal, affordable provision of assistive technology was explored and the ways forward considered.
Pathways is currently attending the summit - please check back for more updates.