Innovation in assistive technology: Voice of the user

Ricky Buchanan, Natasha Layton

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This article is an open letter to assistive technology stakeholders from an assistive technology user perspective. Contemporary systems thinking in assistive technology identifies the interlinking themes of people, products, personnel, policy and provision. We add to the current discourse on these five themes through the voice of an expert assistive technology user, who states that “As a disabled person and as a long-time expert assistive technology user, this is everything that I wish you knew and everything I wish you would do.” Our objective is to provide a user-centered commentary upon current trends and innovations in assistive technology, illuminating real impacts and outcomes from a social perspective and adding a rarely-heard voice to the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number48
Number of pages10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Assistive technology
  • Convergence
  • Disability
  • Innovation
  • Standpoints

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