assistive technology

(redirected from Enabling Technology)
Also found in: Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

assistive technology

a concept that facilitates the process by which an individual with disabilities acquires or sustains independence.

assistive technology

A general term for any technology designed to improve the quality of life of a person with disabilities, help them function in the best possible way and maintain their independence.

Examples
Innovations to assist with communication; equipment for people with a hearing disability; access for people with a visual disability; computer access for people with a learning disability; supporting people with dementia; linking housing and assistive technology, mobility and wherever possible assessing physical ability to inform design. Telecare and telemedicine enable individuals to be treated outside hospital settings and, by assisting the work of GPs and community care teams, enable individuals with chronic illnesses or disabilities to live independently.

Assistive technology for persons with disabilities 
• Hygiene—long levers for faucets, specially designed toilets. 
• Work-enabling activities—adjustable work tables, modified sports equipment.  
• Social interaction/communication—prosthetic devices, cochlear implants, special telephones.  
• Physical access—ramps, remote control switches.

assistive technology

Enabling technology Disabilities A technology designed to improve the quality of life a person with disabilities and function in the most optimal possible fashion. See American with Disabilities Act.

as·sis·tive tech·nol·o·gy

(ă-sis'tiv tek-nol'ŏ-jē)
Any piece of equipment or device used to maintain or promote function in someone with a disability. Can range from low (e.g., walking stick) to high (e.g., computerized communication device).
References in periodicals archive ?
Nasalfent incorporates Archimedes' proprietary PecSys(tm) nasal drug delivery system, an enabling technology which can optimise fentanyl's rapid absorption to give a profile that should provide fast, tolerable pain relief in these patients.
In essence, scorecards include the "vital three" elements -- people, process and enabling technology -- in addressing future growth, enterprise transformation and enterprise resource planning (ERP)-enabling initiatives.
Electronic tubes are the enabling technology behind radiotherapy cancer treatments, microwave medical therapy and high-energy physics.
com), a leading provider of hard real-time enabling technology for Linux and BSD embedded and enterprise products, today announced the addition of Managing Director Jason Whitmire to the FSMLabs management team.
It has highlighted all the premier Institutes in terms of course offered and major Government Research Organisations in IT enabling technology.
The integrated "ElectroChemical Pattern Replication" (ECPR) process is an enabling technology targeted at key growth markets such as integrated passives, copper pillars and 3D integration.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Virage Logic (Nasdaq:VIRL), a pioneer in Silicon Aware IP(TM) and leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) platforms, today announced SOCLE Technology Corporation has licensed the Area, Speed and Power (ASAP) Logic(TM) 130-nanometer (nm) Metal Programmable library to serve as crucial enabling technology for their recently announced structured ASIC System-on-Chip (SoC) design platforms, named Cheetah ASIC.
We foresee increased demand from a whole host of end markets in which GaAs is the enabling technology.
Zensys, creator of the Z-Wave wireless mesh networking technology for home control, today announced Z-Wave received a CNET Best of CES Award in the enabling technology category.
Small business lenders cannot afford to make uninformed credit decisions, making access to small business credit data critical," said Steve Uffman, group executive, Enabling Technology Group, Equifax.