Assistance On Demand

One of the exciting aspects of the GPII is the potential it holds for supporting the development of whole new types of accessibility services, either as stand-alone services or in combination with other access solutions. One of these is a concept that has been discussed for many years but has not been possible to put into widespread application: Assistance On Demand across a wide variety of services.

Basically the idea is that many individuals are unable to live, work, or travel independently  because there are occasions when they need assistance. An individual with a cognitive disability, for example, may not be allowed to travel independently even though for the most part they would be able to handle it just fine. The problem is that, on occasion, something happens which they cannot handle. Rather than avoiding travel (or being prevented from traveling independently) it would be better if the individual had the ability to call up assistance instantly in those circumstances where they needed it (without having to have the assistance with them the rest of the time).

Assistance On Demand could be of value to individuals with all types of sensory, cognitive, language, and learning disabilities, and even some  types of problems encountered by individuals with physical disabilities (for example, with electronic interfaces).

Again, the GPII would not operate such services but would provide the infrastructure needed for others to provide such services.