For many people on the autism spectrum, access to affordable assistive technologies is a prerequisite to being able to exercise their basic human rights and participate fully in the life of their communities, and thereby contribute to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Assistive technology can reduce or eliminate the barriers to their participation on an equal basis with others.
While technological advances are continuous, there are still major barriers to the use of assistive technologies, including high costs, lack of availability, lack of awareness of their potential, and a lack of training in their use. Available data indicates that, in several developing countries, more than 50% of the persons with disabilities who need assistive devices are not able to receive them (UN World Autism Awareness Day, 2019).
There is an incredibly huge gap in terms of accessibility of services and assistive technologies for those on the autism spectrum in Malaysia. Despite the limitations we at SOLS Health continue to be inspired to celebrate the diversity of people with autism through advocating for more inclusion and participation programme, reinforcing our commitment to journey with these individuals and families, reducing the inequality of these services through innovative and accessible services and be relentless in making that change - No one should be left behind !!
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