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Technology is a vital tool that can assist service providers in delivering high quality, person-centred support to those who need it, as well as empower people with disabilities to live more independently. As we live in a rapidly developing world it is important that service providers embrace digitalisation to promote the full digital inclusion of all and ensure that everybody can enjoy the benefits of technology.

It is necessary to encourage the use of assistive technology (AT) or person-centred technology (PCT) to improve service provision to end users at an affordable cost. PCT enhances the independence and quality of life for end users but is often not designed together with persons with disabilities, with their needs in mind. This is consequently diminishing or slowing down the development of assistive technologies suitable to end users. An enhanced use of technology will also "free up" human resources in the care sector and ensure that care staff continue to provide quality services to those most in need.


What EASPD is doing

EASPD is committed to:

  • Support service users in grasping the opportunities offered by mainstream and person-centred assistive technology
  • Embracing technology to (re)design effective, efficient, resilient, and economically sustainable innovative services
  • Develop service delivery models that are inclusive and adequate in the digital society.
  • Increase level of digital skills among service providers, service users and their families and carers
  • Make relevant contributions to the European and national debates on innovation in the social care sector, including the accessibility requirements
  • Raise awareness about the transformation of society due to technological development and the impact that this transformation has on the social care sector
  • Highlight the role of PCT in pathways out of institutionalised care.


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