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Users’ perspectives on the provision of assistive technologies in Bangladesh: awareness, providers, costs and barriers
Lunds universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4432-5256
2015 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, ISSN 1748-3107, E-ISSN 1748-3115, Vol. 10, no 4, p. 301-308Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: The purpose of this work was to contribute to a better understanding of challenges and solutions to equitable provision of assistive technologies in resource limited environments by (i) describing sources of awareness, types of providers and costs of assistive technologies; (ii) describing common reasons for not possessing assistive technologies; and (iii) comparing these sources, providers, costs and reasons among younger and older men and women living in urban and rural settings. Methods: Descriptive and analytic statistics were used to analyze crosssectional data from a total sample of 581 hearing aid users, wheelchair users, individuals with hearing impairments not using hearing aids and individuals with ambulatory impairments not using wheelchairs living in eight districts of Bangladesh. Results: Major sources of awareness, types of providers and costs paid varied between users of different types of assistive technology. Lack of affordability was the main reason for not possessing assistive technology. Outcome differences were found between younger and older groups, men and women, and literate and illiterate respondents, while no differences related to place of living were identified. Conclusions: Age, gender, type of impairment and socioeconomic status need to be considered when planning and implementing equitable provision of assistive technologies.

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2015. Vol. 10, no 4, p. 301-308
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-30353DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2014.974221OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-30353DiVA, id: diva2:1328244
Available from: 2019-06-20 Created: 2019-06-20 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved

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