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On the Economic Impact of Innovation and Technological Transformation for People with Mobility Limitations

  • Nur M. OnvuralEmail author
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Abstract

Recently, there have been numerous innovations and advancements in technology to improve the health of people with mobility limitations. These changes are expected to enhance their living standards leading to potential employment opportunities and to improve the overall economics for them, their supporters, and their communities. To address those changes, we looked into assistive technologies and the surrounding technical improvements around those devices to address their economic impacts. The advances include the progress with information and communication technologies, brain-controlled interactions, and connectivity of all these devices or the Internet of Things to provide solutions for these populations to improve their abilities for better employment opportunities to create more value in the economy. Although there are many promising devices, communication tools, interconnections, and networks to allow the disabled to enhance their livelihood, yet there are also many barriers and challenges to consider to achieve economic benefits to the full extent.

Acronyms

AT

Assistive technology

AP

Assistive product

BCIs

brain computer interfaces

DFID

Department of International Development

GDP

Gross domestic product

ICT

Information and communication technology

IoT

Internet of Things

ISO

International Standard Organization

OECD

Organization of Economic Development

WHO

World Health Organization

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pfeiffer UniversityMorrisvilleUSA

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