Opening the GATE: systems thinking from the global assistive technology alliance.

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    • Affiliation:
      ARATA (Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
      RAIL (Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living) Research Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
      Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, Cape Peninsula University, of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa
      RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America, Arlington, VA, USA)
      TREATS (Taiwan Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society), Taipei City, Taiwan
      Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Taipei Medical University
      Argentine Association of Assistive Technology, San Isidro, Argentina
      Hospital das Clinicas, Faculdade de Medicina da USP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
      GAATO (Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organisations), Linz, Austria
      AAATE (Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe), Linz, Austria
      RESJA (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of Japan), Tokyo, Japan
      National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities, Tokorozawa, Japan
      RESKO (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of Korea), Busan, Korea
      Motivation Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
      University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
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    • Abstract:
      Purpose: This paper describes international actions to collaborate in the assistive technology (AT) arena and provides an update of programmes supporting AT globally. Methods: The World Health Organisation (WHO) identifies the severe global uneven distribution of resources, expertise and extensive unmet need for AT, as well the optimistic substantial capability for innovations and developments in appropriate and sustainable AT design, development and delivery. Systems thinking and market shaping are identified as means to address these challenges and leverage the ingenuity and expertise of AT stakeholders. Results: This paper is a 'call to action', showcasing emerging AT networks as exemplars of a distributed, but integrated mechanism for addressing AT needs globally, and describing the Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organisations (GAATO) as a vehicle to facilitate this global networking. Conclusion: Partners in this Global Alliance aim to advance the field of assistive technology by promoting shared research, policy advocacy, educating people and organisations within and outside the field, teaching, training and knowledge transfer by pulling together broad-based membership organisations. Collegial, cross discipline and multi-stakeholder collaborations support assistive technology research and practice. Knowledge exchange within and across countries and regions is mutually beneficial. Self-organising assistive technology communities are emerging and supported by global movements such as WHO GATE and GAATO.
    • Journal Subset:
      Allied Health; Blind Peer Reviewed; Double Blind Peer Reviewed; Editorial Board Reviewed; Europe; Expert Peer Reviewed; Peer Reviewed; UK & Ireland
    • ISSN:
      1748-3107
    • MEDLINE Info:
      NLM UID: 101255937
    • Publication Date:
      20200721
    • Publication Date:
      20200721
    • DOI:
      10.1080/17483107.2020.1738565
    • Accession Number:
      144473202
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      LAYTON, N. et al. Opening the GATE: systems thinking from the global assistive technology alliance. Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, [s. l.], v. 15, n. 5, p. 484–490, 2020. DOI 10.1080/17483107.2020.1738565. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=144473202. Acesso em: 26 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Layton N, Bell D, Buning ME, et al. Opening the GATE: systems thinking from the global assistive technology alliance. Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. 2020;15(5):484-490. doi:10.1080/17483107.2020.1738565
    • APA:
      Layton, N., Bell, D., Buning, M. E., Chen, S.-C., Contepomi, S., Delgado Ramos, V., Hoogerwerf, E.-J., Inoue, T., Moon, I., Seymour, N., Smith, R. O., & de Witte, L. (2020). Opening the GATE: systems thinking from the global assistive technology alliance. Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 15(5), 484–490. https://doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1738565
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Layton, Natasha, Diane Bell, Mary Ellen Buning, Shih-Ching Chen, Silvana Contepomi, Vinicius Delgado Ramos, Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf, et al. 2020. “Opening the GATE: Systems Thinking from the Global Assistive Technology Alliance.” Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology 15 (5): 484–90. doi:10.1080/17483107.2020.1738565.
    • Harvard:
      Layton, N. et al. (2020) ‘Opening the GATE: systems thinking from the global assistive technology alliance’, Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 15(5), pp. 484–490. doi: 10.1080/17483107.2020.1738565.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Layton, N, Bell, D, Buning, ME, Chen, S-C, Contepomi, S, Delgado Ramos, V, Hoogerwerf, E-J, Inoue, T, Moon, I, Seymour, N, Smith, RO & de Witte, L 2020, ‘Opening the GATE: systems thinking from the global assistive technology alliance’, Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 484–490, viewed 26 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Layton, Natasha, et al. “Opening the GATE: Systems Thinking from the Global Assistive Technology Alliance.” Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, vol. 15, no. 5, July 2020, pp. 484–490. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/17483107.2020.1738565.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Layton, Natasha, Diane Bell, Mary Ellen Buning, Shih-Ching Chen, Silvana Contepomi, Vinicius Delgado Ramos, Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf, et al. “Opening the GATE: Systems Thinking from the Global Assistive Technology Alliance.” Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology 15, no. 5 (July 2020): 484–90. doi:10.1080/17483107.2020.1738565.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Layton N, Bell D, Buning ME, Chen S-C, Contepomi S, Delgado Ramos V, et al. Opening the GATE: systems thinking from the global assistive technology alliance. Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology [Internet]. 2020 Jul [cited 2020 Nov 26];15(5):484–90. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=144473202