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Assistive Technology Info-Map Program

Contact: Mark Harniss,, Becky Matter,

Core Function: Technical Assistance and Outreach Training

Faculty and staff from CTDS will lead a partnership between the UW, DIMAGI Inc., the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD), and the African Network for Evidence-to-Action on Disability (AfriNEAD) to improve people with disabilities’ access to information about the location and availability of assistive technology (AT). People with disabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the disabled people’s organizations that serve them, currently have nowhere to turn for this information, leading to low acquisition of AT and 85-95% of the need going unmet. To address this challenge, the program will configure DIMAGI’s open source mobile platform (CommCare) to collect and map data about the assistive technology supply across the Southern Africa region. Armed with this critical and timely information, governments and advocates will be empowered to increase availability and improve service delivery of essential AT products/services; and individuals with disabilities will know where to access AT that is currently available.

University of Washington • Center on Human Development and Disability Box 357920 • Seattle WA 98195-7920 USA • 206-543-7701 •