Is there public funding available to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the necessary assistive devices and technologies?


Question 19 asks if government (co)funds the purchase of assistive devices and technologies. Respondees show a clear divide between the continents.



At worldwide 2.4, this indicator is among the lowest in the survey, and the gap between the countries with high development (1.7) and medium/low (2.7) is especially wide. In many low-income countries some support systems exist, but with poor quality and availability.


Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, and New Foundland and Labrador have government programmes that cover the cost of assistive devices.


State social support is guaranteed for persons with disabilities. This support includes provision of social rehabilitation technical aids, including wheelchairs, prosthetic and orthopaedic appliances, printed materials with special font, sound amplifying equipment, and signaling devices.

Basic assistive devices, but not technology.
Cook Island

Assistive devices are provided by the state only on a case-by-case basis, taking the financial status of the household into consideration. Only a small fraction of the population benefits, as the system is for the poorest of the poor.
Sri Lanka

The National Solidarity Support Fund finances technical aids for some disabled people, but the demand is very high.

These devices are of very bad quality.

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