Assistive technology - a bridge to the society

Tuesday 13 June 2017 at 3:00 - 4:30 PM in Conference Room E, UN Headquarters.

Parallel Event during COSP meeting in New York:

“Assistive technology - a bridge to the society”
– a Nordic perspective

This event is organized by Rehabilitation International in cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Welfare.

Assistive technology is the tool, and often the first step for any next steps to ensure people with disabilities are equal beneficiaries of, and contributors to any development process. However, today only 5–15% (approximately 1 in 10 persons) of the population in need globally have access to assistive products and the problem is more acute in low- and middle-income countries. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has now recognized access to assistive technology as a human right and has called for international cooperation to improve its access (Article 32).


3.00-3.05: Moderator Mr. Jan A. Monsbakken, Immediate Past President Rehabilitation International

3.05-3.15: Opening and introduction

  • State Secretary Mr. Kai-Morten Terning , The Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality

3.15-3.30: A WHO initiative on Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (Gate)

  • Project Manager Mr. Chapal Khasnabis, WHO

3.30-3.45: User participation in Assistive Technology

  • Sec. General Ms. Venus Ilagan, Rehabilitation International

3.45-4.05: The Norwegian model on Assistive Technology - A rights based approach

  • Senior Adviser Mr. Terje Sund,  The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service

4.05-4.25: The way forward - a Panel Discussion 

  • moderated by Mr. Jan A. Monsbakken

4.25-4.30: Closing remarks

Conference Room E
Conference of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Side-Event