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Mayor Attends International Day of Persons with Disabilities Celebration

Mayor at the press conference commemorating International Day of Persons with Disabilities Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-Je attended the 2019 Assistive Technology Selection and International Day of Persons with Disabilities Celebration on November 28.

During his speech, he emphasized that technology is the core of a smart city; therefore, Taipei City Government has always regarded innovation as the city’s core competence. By encouraging various forms of innovation and inventing more assistive technologies, disabled persons will be able to be self-reliant, and this is a crucial milestone that must be attained if Taipei is to become a smart city. Ko also experienced the latest assistive technology with the help of the manufacturer at the event.

Ko elaborated that the ratio of senior citizens above the age of 65 will account for more than 20% of Taipei’s total population in the next 3 years, and Taiwan will be transitioning into a hyper-aged society. Today, the Department of Social Welfare has organized the assistive technology selection event to help many disabled or incapacitated persons to stay independent and maintain their quality of life.

The mayor commented that assistive technology can also be chic and stylish, and they are used to help disabled persons enjoy a more convenient life when seeking medical care, education or employment, while alleviating the burden of care workers at the same time. According to Ko, the large number of assistive technology manufacturer booths gathered here today signifies the willingness of Taiwanese manufacturers to invest resources into developing more assistive technologies that can cater to the needs of disabled or incapacitated persons.

Mayor Ko mentioned that smart city is the city government’s ultimate goal, and since technology is the essence of smart cities, Taipei City Government has always perceived innovation as the core competence of the city. In light of this, the city government will continue to encourage different approaches to innovation in order to develop more assistive technologies that can facilitate disabled persons to become independent, and this is a milestone that Taipei must achieve in its quest to become a smart city. This year, 5 outstanding staff members with cross-disciplinary expertise will be selected to assist disabled persons and transform Taipei into an inclusive society. Ko wants to thank the institutions, service personnel, bus drivers, and home care workers. Technology must be supplemented by human touch, for the most advanced technology will only unleash its maximum potential in the hands of benevolent people. Lastly, Ko expressed his gratitude to the Fubon Foundation for inviting the performers with disabilities to stage such exciting performances.