The Israeli tech ecosystem is known for its innovations in cybersecurity, defense, and ag-tech. But one of the most profound, though lesser known, sectors of the Israeli tech ecosystem is assistive technologies for the disabled.
From groundbreaking solutions designed to facilitate mobility to smartphone technologies that aim to make it easier for the disabled to go about their daily lives, Israel has pioneered a diverse range of assistive technologies – yet another example of how the Startup Nation is leveraging tech for good.
With the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, taking place at the end of the month, the Foreign Trade Administration’s Economic Mission, together with the Israeli Embassy in Lima, will bring local business leaders together with Israeli companies to raise awareness of disability technologies and demonstrate the promise of Israel’s cutting-edge solutions in this sector.
How are Israeli assistive technologies making a difference for people across the globe? Here’s an overview of just a few of the local ecosystem’s key players:
The Israel Innovation Authority’s Assistive Technology for the Disabled Incentive Program demonstrates Israel’s commitment to developing technologies geared toward improving the lives of those with disabilities. Both companies and nonprofit organizations can apply for grants from the Innovation Authority to fund research and development in assistive technologies. The purpose of the program is to continue growing the assistive technology sector in order to better help those with disabilities integrate into society and the employment market.
The IIA incentive program and the broader assistive technology sector together reflect Israel’s commitment to developing technologies that benefits society – from the heart of the Startup Nation to Peru and everywhere in between.
To learn more about the Parapan American Games, visit the event’s webpage.
For more information, please email Johannesburg@israeltrade.gov.il