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Technology as we are all aware has come to define the society in which we live. It has moved into every aspect of social, political, economic and cultural life. Digital skills are core skills and are on par with literary skills for functioning and participation in society now and in the future.

 It is against this background of technological progress and a challenging socio-economic context that DFI believes that assistive technology (AT) could be given more attention and importance in policy on people with disabilities and older people, as well as in policy on wider issues facing the health & social care system. Assistive technologies need to be specifically identified as an important dimension in all relevant policies and programmes and this needs to be followed-up with concrete action to ensure its impact. This is to make society fully inclusive of people with disabilities and disabling conditions so that they can fully exercise their civil, social and human rights.

Assistive technologies can support a paradigm shift for people with disabilities and older people from objects of care to people being able to self-determine, increase their independence across the life cycle and support their self-management. In the context of serious challenges which include acute strains on social services, reductions in public spending, ageing population and unemployment, new types of solutions need to be found to complement, and  perhaps even transform, existing approaches. Assistive Solutions (AS) can be viewed as an integral part of any new solutions

We here at the Disability Federation believes there is considerable scope for better coordination of organisations, individuals and professionals in this area. Issues that need to be examined for example, concerns ways of creating more effective and streamlined access to AT for individuals. Therefore, DFI has created a sustainable community of practice, that is, a platform for learning and exchange of information and the discussion and progression of ideas. This Assistive Technology for Inclusion is a community of practice committed to promoting assistive technology (AT) for people with disabilities and older people. The principle driving this community is that assistive technology should be woven into the fabric of our society, thus, giving power to people with disabilities and older people to be able to self-determine and increase their independence. This community of practice will facilitate and create opportunities amongst key actors to learn from each other and to draw more attention to the importance of assistive technology in social policy for people with disabilities and older people, as well as in policy on the wider issues facing the health and social care system. We are committed to ensuring that AT transforms the lives of those effected giving them agency to make their own choices. People from a wide variety of backgrounds are involved in this community of practice including, practitioners, researchers, educators, service providers, people with disabilities, and other interested parties.

The next meeting of the community of practice is to be held on the Tuesday 20nd October at 10.30am in Enable Ireland, Sandymount Avenue, Dublin 4.

If you are interested in getting involved in this community of practice please contact Pierce Richardson, phone 086 1301515 or email

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