Background

Over the past three decades, several organizations throughout the European Union, the United States and other countries in the world have developed and maintained national databases with information on assistive technology (AT), this term encompassing any equipment or technology-based product or service that compensates for functional limitations or helps people with disabilities to better cope with daily life activities, education, work, leisure and social life.

As the global economy becomes more interdependent and the communication and cultural barriers among people with disabilities in various countries are eliminated by the increased usage of the Internet, the potential benefits of cooperation and coordination among the assistive technology information providers appear to be numerous and attainable. Thus, the organizations named here have agreed to form a permanent alliance to seize upon these opportunities to improve the quality and quantity of information that we offer to the public and to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our internal policies and processes.