assistive technology

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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).
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