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A new survey, which aims to draw up a priority Assistive Products List (APL) within the UK, has been launched, enabling those using and developing assistive technology to contribute to a list of the most essential products so that UK policymakers can plan, procure and provide them.

The survey is being carried out by the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) in coordination with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Cooperation Assistive Technology (GATE) programme.

The survey is now live and you can participate here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LD7MYJ6

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Assistive technology products promote greater independence by allowing people to carry out tasks they previously would have found difficult or impossible. Assistive devices cover a broad range of products, including hearing aids, orthotic shoes, fall detectors and powered wheelchairs, which all assist people in being able to live more independently.

Users of assistive technology devices, or carers of people using assistive technology products, are encouraged to participate in the new survey to help identify which assistive devices are a priority in the UK. This includes products across different areas of life, including rehabilitation, education, physiotherapy and medical care.

Currently, the survey lists 100 items of assistive technology devices. However, the BATA stresses: “If there are products you would like to see considered for a final essential UK Assistive Products List (APL) that are not mentioned here, please add them to the suggestions box at the end of the survey.”

The World Health Organization wanted to create this APL to highlight the unmet need for assistive technology worldwide. The WHO is encouraging each country to draw up a list of essential assistive technology products in accordance with their nation’s need.

For further information on assistive technology and the work begun at the WHO, visit: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/assistive-technology

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