Planning for Resilience in AT Service Provision: Lessons from Covid

The COVID pandemic and the associated public policy changes have had a long-lasting impact on disabled people and the assistive technology services designed to meet their needs. Over the past 18 months every aspect of AT provision, has been challenged to meet the shifting environment including awareness, assessment, provision, training and support. The changes have challenged prior conceptions of quality of service and accelerated the growth of alternative approaches to delivery.
In this STS we seek to share the experiences of service providers, service users and other stakeholders to consider the impact of different types of changes, reflect on what was successful and unsuccessful,  discuss the factors that influenced the successful transition to new models, and make recommendations for the future. The perspective and experiences of people with disabilities are particularly important
We are inviting contributions to cover these are related topics.  Possible formats include, but are not restricted to the following:

  • Case studies of the experiences of one or more service provider organisations
  • Case studies of the experiences of individual or groups of AT users.
  • Reflections by AT users on their experiences and the conclusions and recommendations to be drawn from them to make AT provision more resilient in the future.
  • Literature reviews


Contributions to a STS have to be submitted using the standard submission procedures of ICCHP24.
When submitting your contribution please make sure to select the right STS from the drop-down list "Special Thematic Session". Contributions to a STS are evaluated by the Programme Committee of ICCHP-AAATE and by the chair(s) of the STS. Please get in contact with the STS chair(s) for discussing your contribution and potential involvement in the session.