Members of the International Alliance

Most of the European Portals taking part in the Alliance are collaborating in the European Assistive Technology Information Network (EASTIN). The core of the network is the EASTIN website (www.eastin.eu), which includes a specialysed search engine able to perform data retrieval across all portals at the same time. This website provides – in all official languages of the European Union, and in a user-friendly and accessible manner – information on almost 70.000 assistive technology products available on the European market and over 5.000 manufacturers or suppliers; it also includes related info such as fact sheets and suggestions on assistive solutions for daily living problems. The EASTIN network stems from the EASTIN project (2004-2006), co-funded by the European Commission as part of its eTEN programme facilitating the deployment of trans-European telecommunications networks services on the European market.

ABLEDATA provides information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment to people with disabilities, their family members and caregivers, disability organizations, rehabilitation and medical professionals, and a variety of other audiences within the United States and around the world. ABLEDATA's central asset is a database of over 33,000 assistive products from over 4,000 companies. In addition to assistive products, ABLEDATA's Web site offers information on other disability-related organizations, conferences, news items and publications. ABLEDATA is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Siva system (www.portale.siva.it) is the Italian national Portal on Assistive Technologies. It is run by Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus (the major Italian non-profit private provider of care and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities) on behalf of the Ministry of Health. The Portal provides free-of-charge information on assistive technology products, companies (manufacturers, suppliers, retailers), resource centres, ideas on assistive solutions to daily life problems, experiences with using assistive technology, and a on-line library of useful tools for assistive technology assessment. The Portal works in both Italian and English language.

Hjælpemiddelbasen is the Danish information system providing information on over 15,000 assistive products from about 450 Danish suppliers. It is run by The Danish Centre for Assistive Technology which is a nation-wide, coordinating knowledge centre charged with supporting the effort to integrate and ensure the best possible accessibility for people with disabilities in society.

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is a leading UK charity that provides free, impartial advice and information about all types of equipment for daily living for older and disabled people. Central to the DLF and its services is DLF Data, the UK’s most comprehensive database of assistive technologies – equipment designed to enable older and disabled people to live more independently. This valuable resource is used by the DLF's Helpline advisors to offer free and impartial advice to older and disabled people and their carers, and is available on subscription for use by health and social care professionals. The DLF also co-ordinates a training course programme from the South East’s largest Equipment Demonstration Centre.

Rehadat is an information system supporting the vocational integration of disabled persons. It was commissioned by the Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales (Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs) and established by the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln. Detailed information about various aspects of the vocational rehabilitation is available from eight databases designed for use by disabled people as well as professionals involved in rehabilitation. The largest and most frequently used database is the Technical Aids database with more than 22,000 product descriptions and additional information.

Ceapat The National Centre for Personal Autonomy and Technical Aids is a technical centre from IMSERSO, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, created by means of Ministerial Order on 7 April 1989. Ceapat’s mission is to contribute to improve the quality of life of all citizens, with special support to people with disabilities and elderly people, by means of accessibility, design for all and assistive technology.

Hacavie is a resource, information and advice centre on assistive technology products for people with disabilities and elderly people. Handicat , one of the main Hacavie activities, is a nation-wide database on assistive technologies, freely accessible through the Internet, currently including approximately 9000 assistive technology products, each described with pictures, technical information, price and funding schemes, and about 400 manufacturers/importers.

The Flemish Agency for Disabled Persons (VAPH, Vlaams Agentschap voor Personen met een Handicap) promotes the participation and integration of disabled persons in all areas of social life and equal opportunities for all. The ultimate goal is to offer them a better and more independent life. The VAPH tries to achieve this by financially supporting facilities, services, equipment and modifications and providing a budget for personal assistance.

The entity Knowledge Centre Assistive Technology (KOC, Kenniscentrum Hulpmiddelen) maintains the Flemish database on assistive technology (VLIBANK), and provides information and advise on assistive devices, to professionals as well as to individuals.

assistireland.ie is a website developed by the Citizens Information Board with information on assistive technology and aids and appliances available in Ireland. The purpose of the resource is for a user to be able to search the website for a particular device or product, or browse through the 7,000 products currently included, find out what is available and who supplies it. The database will be of particular interest to people with disabilities and older people but should also be helpful for health professionals, service providers, etc.
The website has two main areas; a “Products Directory”, and an “Information for Independent Living” section.
The Products Directory is broken down into 20 categories and divided further into sub-categories. Each product has a title, description, relevant measurements and specifications, and most are accompanied with a product image. Each product entry also lists details of the supplier/s and contact details.
The Information for Independent Living section describes various types and uses of assistive technology in daily living situations, including communication, education, employment and in the home. Also, containing more than 30 information sheets describing different types of available equipment and selection suggestions.

The Independent Living Centres Australia (ILCA) is a collective organisation with state-based members providing information, advice, consultation and education to help people choose Assistive Technology (AT) and equipment solutions to maximise their quality of life and achieve greater independence. The group represents each state and the ACT, the first ILC’s having been established in Victoria and Western Australia in 1978. Assistive technology is our core business and our strong health professional staffing (predominately Occupational Therapists) enables the ILC’s to hold a unique position in the sector as unbiased clinical experts. We share a vision for “one database” and have been actively pursuing this goal in recent years. The ILCA’s role is to advance a federal agenda on AT issues and needs at a national level. The ILCA provides information and advice to government and policy makers and raises awareness of the role AT plays in maintaining health and wellbeing in the Australian community. Across Australia, we have six assistive technology displays where visitors can learn more about the correct application of assistive technology. More information can be obtained about our range of services by visiting the ILCA website and exploring the state based services.

The Portal Nacional de Tecnologia Assistiva is an instrument of convergence and exchange of information and knowledge about the initiatives that exists in Brazil for the research, development, application and dissemination of Assistive Technology. In 2005, the Secretariat of Science and Technology for Social Inclusion (SECIS) of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) launched this portal in partnership with Institute of Social Technology (ITS Brasil), a civil organization of public interest. The Portal enables a deeper understanding of the needs of disabled and elderly people; allows for increased knowledge of the competence in the area of Assistive Technology and of the gaps that exist nowadays in Brazil so that these solutions become widely available and can benefit all citizens.
Furthermore the Portal is capable of stimulating interaction between users of Assistive Technology, professionals and managers from different public areas (Science and Technology, Health, Education, etc.), industries, research centers and institutions that work to promote quality of life and social inclusion of persons with disabilities.