Assistive technologies for the inclusion of people with disabilities in society, education and jobs (STO AT)
The project focused on future trends in assistive technologies (ATs) and their impact on disabled people, specifically on their learning and working environment and their inclusion into society. Following the foresight methodology of the STOA unit, the current and emerging trends and prospects of ATs and regulatory frameworks pertinent to ATs were analysed forming the basis for an interview and survey based evaluation that links ATs to the needs, perceptions and opportunities for people with disabilities in the EU.
To accomplish these aims, a horizon scanning method was employed which involved also the contribution of external experts. This provides a solid knowledge base for the development of four scenarios which was complemented with a video-sequence. Our work will empower members of the European Parliament for knowledge-based decision making on assistive technologies for people with disabilities and aid legislative backcasting and sense-making.