OSMS: Congrats on your new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the most users to take an online DIY assistive technology lesson in 24 hours! What is assistive technology and can you describe the impact your #ATWorldRecord has had?
Makers Making Change: Thank you! We’re so excited to have had such a successfull GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ event! We had more than 3000 people register from over 50 countries.
We organized this event to raise awareness around the need for affordable assistive technology (AT). An assistive technology is any device that helps maintain and improve an individual’s functioning and independence. They address needs around mobility, agility and dexterity, pain, hearing, vision, cognition, among others.
Across the globe, there are over 1 billion people with a disability. 9 in 10 don’t have a device they need. Currently, there is an unmet global need for AT due to cost and accessibility barriers. With #ATWorldRecord, we wanted to highlight this need and share ways people can help bridge the gap through DIY assistive technology.