Of all the ways that augmented reality (AR) can change daily life, perhaps the most important is its potential in the field of healthcare and aged care. With advances in AR technology, everyone from healthcare professionals to patients and the everyday person on the street stands to benefit from better medical care. This will enhance medical knowledge and improve quality of life.
Children make up the largest proportion of the population with intellectual disability, with around one-quarter being under the age of 15 years (ABS). Around the world people with other disabilities may include up to 18% of the population (US Census). The recognition that our community needs to integrate everyone, providing opportunities and resources to include everyone in worthwhile pursuits, has forced governments to create legislation to ban biased practices that reduce opportunities for the disabled. In some cases attempts to improve access to resources that create a path to life long learning have also been framed in law (Australian Disability Discrimination Act, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The Equality Act 2010 and the United Nations (UN) Convention on disability rights).