Assistive Devices for Special Needs: Technologies and Global Markets

BCC Research
January 1, 2011
167 Pages - SKU: WA6122386
Countries covered: Global

The global market for assistive devices for special needs reached $8.8 billion in 2010. This market is projected to increase at a 5.2% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach more than $11 billion by 2015.

The sensory impairment devices category achieved 67.9% of the total market and a value of nearly $6 billion in 2010. This sector will increase at a 4.9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach $7.6 billion in 2015.

The movement and mobility devices category achieved 21.4% of the market in 2010 but will experience the greatest growth rate over the forecast period. This sector was valued at $1.9 billion in 2010 and will increase at a 7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach $2.6 billion in 2015.


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INTRODUCTION

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the study are to present a comprehensive look at the assistive devices for special needs market, to provide quantitative market measurements of both the overall market and all possible market segments, and to forecast market and segment growth over the next 5 years.

REASONS FOR STUDY

This BCC study is presented to increase the awareness of assistive devices for special needs. The study analyzes select assistive devices for special needs market from different standpoints and addresses issues and trends affecting the market. Assistive devices for special needs manufacturers, driven by both research breakthroughs and increased recognition of expanding market opportunities, have stepped up the pace of development of innovative devices. Because of the evolving nature of this important area of study, executives of assistive devices for special needs must remain ever vigilant of the changing environment and strive to keep abreast of new and currently used modalities in all facets of the market.

SCOPE OF STUDY

This report is a comprehensive business tool designed to provide an in-depth look at the assistive devices for special needs market. The geographic scope of the report is global with a special emphasis on the United States. The report describes the industry, its relationship to the healthcare industry and its participants, and trends for the future.

Categories discussed in the report include:
  • Sensory Impairment Devices
  • Classroom/Instructional Devices
  • Movement/Mobility Devices
  • Workplace Adaptive Devices.
All categories are discussed in detail, describing each segment, identifying current products on the market, measuring market size, identifying market drivers, forecasting for 2009 to 2015, and assessing the competitors and competitor market shares.

METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES

The information and analysis presented in this BCC report are based on extensive first-hand interviews with primary research sources, including executives, product managers, and clinical specialists in the intravenous infusion and vein access arena. Background information was obtained from various government agencies, business and medical journals, trade magazines, and interviews with doctors and nurses involved in the administration of intravenous therapy and vein access.

Key information from published literature was used to conduct interviews with over 25 industry participants to validate and obtain expert opinions on current and future trends in the assistive devices for special needs industry. Interviews were the primary basis for development of market size. Interviews were also used to confirm and/or adjust market size and market share estimates, as well as formulating market projections.

All market data pertain to the global market at the manufacturer’s level. Data are expressed in current U.S. dollars. The base year was 2010. Historical data are provided for 2009 and forecast data are provided for 2015. Historical, base year, and forecast data are provided for each market segment and subsegment. Market shares are provided for each market segment for the 2010 base year.

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