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Date:3/24/2011

SSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES 8

DISABILITIES VS. DISEASES 8

Assistive Technologies vs. Pharmaceuticals 9

Assistive Technologies vs. Prosthetics and Orthotics 9

Assistive Technologies vs. Cosmetic Products 10

KEY FACTORS FUELING THE GROWTH 10

TECHNOLOGIES 10

Materials 10

Electronic Technology 11

Speech Recognition and Vocal Output 11

Communication Technology 12

Mobile Location Technology 12

Sensor Technology 13

Artificial Intelligence 13

Energy Sources 14

iPad Assistive Devices 15

Miniaturization 15

DEMOGRAPHICS 15

   TABLE 1 GLOBAL POPULATION BY SELECTED GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, 2008–2050 (MILLIONS/%) 16

FIGURE 1 GLOBAL POPULATION BY SELECTED GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, 2008–2050 (MILLIONS) 17

Disability Demographics 18

   TABLE 2 U.S. OLDER POPULATION BY AGE GROUP, CENSUS YEARS 1900-2050 18

FIGURE 2 TOTAL WORLD POPULATION WITH DISABILITIES, 2009 (MILLIONS) 19

   TABLE 3 PROJECTED NUMBER OF DISABLED PEOPLE, THROUGH 2015 (MILLIONS) 20

FIGURE 3 PROJECTED INCREASE IN WORLD DISABLED POPULATION, 2009–2015 (MILLIONS) 20

Disability in Europe 20

Disability in Africa 21

Disability in Asia 21

Disability in Australia 22

Disability in America 22

FIGURE 4 U.S. POPULATION WHOSE DAILY ACTIVITIES ARE LIMITED BY DISABILITIES, BY AGE GROUP, 2009 (MILLIONS) 22

FIGURE 4 (CONTINUED) 23

SENSORY LOSS 23

Hearing Loss 23

   TABLE 4 REPORTED INCIDENCE OF HEARING PROBLEMS AMONG U.S. ADULTS BY SEX/AGE GROUP, 2009 (MILLIONS) 24

Vision Loss 24

   TABLE 5 REPORTED INCIDENCE OF BLINDNESS AND VISION IMPAIRMENT IN THE U.S. BY SEX/AGE GROUP, 2009 25

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 26

Speech Impairments 26

Writing Difficulties 27

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