Special Issue "Assistive Technology and Support Services for People with Disabilities in Low Resource Settings"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.
Interests: disability; inclusion; social protection; education; rehabilitation
About 15 percent of the world’s population has a disability, and a growing body of research shows they are worse off than their nondisabled peers according to a wide range of social and economic indicators, such as education, employment, poverty, violence, HIV infection, and access to health care and social services. This is directly attributable to many barriers in the environment, for example, inaccessible infrastructure and information and discriminatory attitudes. The availability of quality supports, such as personal assistance and assistive technology, is necessary for many people with disabilities in order to fully participate in the economic and social lives of their communities and close these outcome gaps. However, little research has been done demonstrating the extent of this need or how to address it. Examples and guidance on the design and delivery of these supports in low- and middle-income countries are greatly needed. We invite papers addressing the access and impact of support services and assisitive technology for people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries, and examples and guidance on how they can be effectively provided in low-resource settings, especially those combining a high academic standard coupled with policy recommendations.
Dr. Daniel Mont
Mr. Alexandre Cote
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- assistive technology
- assistive devices
- support services
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: How social protection systems can improve access to support services and assistive devices
Authors: Alex Cote; Daniel Mont
Affiliation: Center for Inclusive Policy
Title: Analysing predictors of use and need for glasses and vision services from population-based surveys in two low-and-middle income countries: India and Guatemala
Authors: Dorothy Boggs
Affiliation: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Title: Analysis of the implementation of the right to personal mobility (Article 20 of the UN CRPD) in India
Authors: Shivani Gupta; Agnes Meershoek
Affiliation: Center for Inclusive Policy Universityof Maastricht
Title: Access to services from persons with disabilities in Afghanistan: Is Community Based Rehabilitation making a difference?
Authors: Jean-Francois Trani
Affiliation: University of Washington- Saint Louis
Abstract: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) ratified in 2006 states that the achievement of equal rights, empowerment and social inclusion of people with disabilities requires comprehensive rehabilitation services involving educational, social, economic and medical interventions all dimensions of the World Health Organization Community based rehabilitation (CBR) matrix. CBR programs aim at achieving those goals. In the present study, we investigated whether a large scale CBR program implementing the WHO CBR matrix in the context of Afghanistan is having a positive impact on various rehabilitation outcomes. We enrolled in the study 1861 newly recruited CBR participants with disabilities from 169 villages between July 2012 and December 2013 and 1132 controls screened with disabilities randomly selected with a two-stage process within 6000 households from 100 villages in the same provinces as the CBR but outside its catchment area. Using propensity score matching and difference in difference analysis, we estimated the impact of the CBR rehabilitation intervention on mobility, activities of daily living , and employment. There were statistically significant differences between participants and controls on our outcomes of interest between baseline and endline. Our study indicates that a CBR program may provide positive rehabilitation outcomes for persons with disabilities even in a conflict context such as Afghanistan. It contributes to address the longstanding question whether CBR can actually improve rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.
Title: The access to assistive technology in humanitarian settings
Authors: Maria Kett
Affiliation: University College London
Title: Stigma toward assistive technology use among persons with disabilities in Kenya
Authors: Mark Carew
Affiliation: Leonard Cheshire
Abstract: Disability stigma is highly prevalent in many low-and-middle income countries and it represents one of the most complex barriers preventing people with disabilities from accessing equal rights and opportunities (Rohwerder, 2018), including making use of available assistive technology. The majority of empirical work has focused on the impact of stigma on people with disabilities or testing stigma-reduction strategies among non-disabled people. Rarely, have studies examined how disability stigma may be constructed through misconceptions endemic to interactions between both disabled and non-disabled people and the consequent impact of disability stigma on assistive technology use. Through two strands of work, we bridge this gap. First, via a series of focus groups, workshops and interviews with young Kenyans without disabilities, we show that non-disabled youth’s perception of disability are shaped by everyday interactions with people with disabilities, personal experiences and contextual factors (e.g., community attitude towards disability or religious beliefs). Second, via planned qualitative and quantitative work with Kenyans with disabilities, we examine the extent that disability stigma operates as a barrier to assistive technology use. Findings will be discussed in terms of recommendations that could contribute to reduce disability stigma and engender increased assistive technology uptake.
Title: Supported Decision-Making in Latin America: analysis of three countries' experiences
Authors: Alberto Vasquez, Pamela Smith & Brenda Valdivia
Affiliation: SODIS - Sociedad y Discapacidad
Abstract: Since the adoption of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, there has been an increased interest in supported decision-making as a strategy to realize the right to legal capacity of persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities. The present article examines and discusses three supported decision-making projects in three Latin American countries (Argentina, Colombia and Peru), which have been directly implemented by civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities and their families. The results and learnings of these initiatives constitute a valuable source of information for legislators and policymakers for the future development of supported decision-making programs in low and middle-income resource settings
Title: Assistive Technology and Inclusive Citizenship for Disabled People in Sierra Leone
Authors: Vicki Austin
Affiliation: University College London