assistive technology


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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 ?
Assistive Technology For Students With Disabilities 2018 [cited 2018].
The five studies of translation and cross-cultural adaptation evaluated after reading the full texts were the following: Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with Assistive Technology (QUEST 2.0), translated and adapted from English into Brazilian Portuguese [31]; Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices Scale (PIADS), from English into Canadian French [32]; Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with Assistive Technology 1.0 (QUEST1.0), from English into Danish [33]; Family Impact of Assistive Technology Scale, from English into Turkish [34]; and Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with Assistive Technology (QUEST 2.0), from English into Chinese (Mandarin) and adapted to Taiwanese [35], as demonstrated in Table 1.
I joined Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which is well known for its leading role in electronic assistive technology, to pursue this further.
The inaugural edition of the expo last year saw world's latest assistive technology products including aids for leisure and sports for the disabled such as running prostheses for recreational athletes, leg prosthesis systems that virtually make replication of physiological human gait possible to pre-hospital medical equipment, folding electric mobility scooters, specially designed cars allowing driving directly from the wheelchair, high-definition silicone, orthotic, mobility devices, power wheelchairs, innovative solutions for sound sensory stimulation, voice synthesizers, Braille readers, wireless monitoring devices, special tools and software enhancing language and learning and much more.
On the plus side, hardware and software increasingly include assistive technology features as standard items.
The number of assistive technology devices that have the potential to empower individuals with disabilities has increased in recent years.
They concluded that practitioners who work in the field of assistive technology have a role in advocacy and assisting wheelchair users to have full social participation in all community places.
WHCATR, which has opened in Al Mawaleh, is the only centre of its kind as it integrates assistive technology with educational programmes that are provided to people, with all kinds of invisible and visible disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, visual, hearing and mobility impairment and autism.
From last many years, the persons with disabilities are using assistive technology and its use is rapidly increasing in educational, vocational and frivolous activities.
Kirklees Council has a wide range of assistive technology devices, including intruders' alarms, epilepsy sensors, intelligent care monitors, carephones and more.
European Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (12th: 2013: Algarve, Portugal) Edited by Pedro Encarnacao, Luis Azevedo, Gert Jan Gelderblom, Alan Newell, and Niels-Erik Mathiassen
A new video presentation can help employees and employers learn about the latest in assistive technology for the workplace.

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