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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This can be achieved with adaptive equipment such as lifts, lowered floors and hand controls, just to name a few.
org), people can review site information and learn about: the availability of designated, accessible parking; whether the entrance to the facility and registration areas are easily accessible; the surface materials and slope of paths and trails; the presence of stairs, railings, ramps, grab bars and signage; restroom accessibility; and adaptive equipment available on-site.
Adaptive equipment or the modification of equipment.
She suggests using reachers and other adaptive equipment to avoid flexion.
Because so much reading is required, adaptive equipment may be helpful to promote ability.
Young (1991) suggests that work simplification, adaptive equipment, and energy conservation may assist the individual in maintaining better health.
If this quick screen raises concerns, the patient can be referred to an occupational therapist, who may recommend adaptive equipment or vehicular modifications.
Also, if VR has approved funding for adaptive equipment or an assistant such as a note-taker to meet the vocational goal, it may be possible to use those funds to provide the same service while abroad.
Assistive technology, which can help people with disabilities function more effectively at home, at work, and in the community, can include computers, adaptive equipment, wheelchairs, bathroom modifications, and medical or corrective services.
the selection of a core set of adaptive equipment, suited to people with a range of different disabilities for use in public settings, particularly in public libraries
For the last 5 years, the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped has administered a grant that loans adaptive equipment to colleges in New Jersey for use by students with disabilities.
Bob Fulton is the founder of Bridges and a ropes course and adaptive equipment designer and builder.

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