Assistive technology and innovations bring people with disabilities one step closer to independent living. It has been the empowerment force that can let them lead their lives with dignity. An appropriate device gives them the ability to overcome their physical limitations and reduce their daily life struggles.
Voice of Specially Abled (VOSAP) understands the vital role that Assistive Devices play in changing a life and with technology, innovation, and intervention. VOSAP works towards enabling people with disabilities by providing them assistive devices, contributing to research, advocating policy changes and surgical interventions. It makes us extremely happy that we are able to give wings to the dreams, we are able to change thousands of lives with assistive devices. Know about such stories and get inspired. Stories of change with assistive devices – Surgical treatment of Chandrashekhar, Leadership team meets students of Dang
From the first discovery of eyeglasses in the 13th Century, the invention of the first self-propelled wheelchair in 1655, these early achievements in innovation have fueled thousands of ideas, innovations, and manufacturing in this sector. Thanks to these achievements, enabling SAPs with assistive devices is possible today.
VOSAP’s vision is to achieve the inclusion of SAP by providing them with assistive devices. And to achieve this vision, VOSAP is currently working with the Government, Policymakers, Startup Community, and Industry Leaders. VOSAP has closely worked with the Government of India to bring about the ‘Accessible India’ campaign where we worked toward creating awareness and demand for Assistive Devices. From Smart Wheel Chair to 3D Prosthetics, several startup innovations are supported by the Atal Innovation Mission and Private Sector. VOSAP has also partnered with educational institutions to encourage innovation in this space, such as the launch of the Innovation Challenge in Assistive Technology with LD Engineering College, Gujarat. A fast-paced developing nation like India can be a global market leader of “Affordable Assistive Devices”. Since only 1 out of 10 SAP has assistive devices, it is a hugely untapped market.
Moreover, even the US can leverage this untapped potential by creating a 360-degree approach to promote trade and opportunities for companies in the US with Indian collaborations. Students from different Universities in the USA as part of the VOSAP Research internship (VRI 21) studied trends in the assistive devices technology market and the results were eye-opening. The study suggests access to proper Assistive technology can add nearly 10.7 million people to the workforce which results in boosting the US GDP to $25 billion. Such collaboration will not only result in massive Social Transformation but will also create immense space for Economic Expansion!
VOSAP is not only raising awareness about assistive technology but for helping thousands of people by providing the needful assistive devices.
VOSAP is going to take a huge leap to reach the goal by launching an assistive technology 3D virtual exhibition to connect innovators, manufacturers, investors, and vendors on the same digital platform. This will bring a massive revolution in the field and help in bridging the gap between demand and supply to enable millions, driving costs down and accelerate inclusion, UN SDGs.
Check out the virtual exhibition video for more information
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How can you help?
- If you have any insights, skills, ideas, expertise, or connections that can be useful in furthering the cost reduction goal of assistive devices for Indian beneficiaries with large untapped export potential, please get in touch with us
- You can donate or inspire and aggregate donations to enable Specially Abled People with VOSAP. We can direct the donations to enable SAP with Assistive Devices
- Share with us the stories of experiences and transformations of people with disabilities with assistive technologies from your network.