Assistive Technology and Its Status In Nepal


Authors : Mahesh Raj Pandit

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 8 - August

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7057399

One billion people, or 15% of the world's population, experience some form of disability. In Nepal, the average percentage of people with disabilities in Nepal is 2.3%. Due to their disability, they cannot perform normal day-to-day activities like others, and most are unaware of Assistive Technology (AT) 's benefits. AT: products, equipment, and systems that enhance learning, working, and daily activities for persons with disabilities. Previous research has limited chiefly their research to explain. However, in this paper, we include the status of assistive Technology in Nepal, which will give an overall view to the public about it. We used data that we gathered from the recent statistics and users of AT in Nepal as well as providers, and we visited the different districts of Nepal, which will give the most accurate status in Nepal. We found that only 5% of the population with disabilities in Nepal are using AT; others are not using them due to lack several things like: Awareness, Knowledge, Affordability, and many others. So, we concluded that these problems could only be solved when awareness programs and production were done at the government level. From this work, we aim to raise awareness of AT and continuously survey its status in Nepal to look closely at its growth. Also, we want to reach authorized personalities and want to let them know the importance of Assistive Technology.

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