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[Comment] Opening the GATE to inclusion for people with disabilities

For more than an estimated billion people with disabilities,1 assistive technologies are crucial mediators for realising people’s rights, and for promoting access and empowerment—the theme of the International Day of Persons with Disability for this year (Dec 3, 2015). By 2050, the number of older (aged over 60 years) people will have increased, worldwide, from about 840 million in 2013 to more than 2 billion, many of whom will also need assistive technology to remain independent.2 Some older people will need several assistive products, as will the increased proportion of people living with chronic diseases.