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What is assistive technology? Discuss its role in lowering barriers faced by People with disabilities. What steps are required to ensure that this technology is available to the masses with minimal cost?

Topic: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

6. What is assistive technology? Discuss its role in lowering barriers faced by People with disabilities. What steps are required to ensure that this technology is available to the masses with minimal cost?  (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

A billion people globally are currently estimated to be in need of assistive technology (AT); this is projected to double by 2050. Drawing upon the World Report on Disability 2011, the 71st World Health Assembly resolved on May 26, 2018 to prepare a global report on effective access to assistive technology by 2021.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about assistive technology, its advantages and ways to make it affordable for the masses.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by defining assistive technology with examples.

Body:

First, write about how various assistive technology helps lower the barriers faced by the people with disabilities.

Next, write about the limitations that hinder use of assistive technology by the masses.

Next, write about the steps that are needed to ensure availability for affordable assistive technology for the masses.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.