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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Mada CEO David Banes said, "A partnership with an organisation such as Al Noor in the UAE is critical to our efforts to increase awareness and use of assistive technology in the Gulf region and throughout the Arab world.
Low and middle assistive technology devices may provide an individual with a disability with increased opportunities for independence by using portable, easy to locate and use devices.
Wehmeyer (1998) investigated the use of assistive technology by adults with mental retardation.
Research demonstrated, however, that individuals with disabilities are not often given the opportunity to try out assistive technology devices prior to purchasing them.
Deepika Gopalarao, Head of the Department for Communication, Language and Speech at the Centre, said her students have flourished since the centre officially opened its dedicated Assistive Technology department in September last year.
As the literature illustrates, the nonuse of assistive technology by students could be attributed, in part, to the inadequate knowledge and skills of teachers of students with visual impairments in this area (Lee & Vega, 2005).
The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) January 30-February 2, 2008 Orlando, Florida, http://www.
Computer & Web Resources for People with Disabilities: A Guide to Exploring Today's Assistive Technology by the Alliance for Technology Access.
6-9: European conference for the advancement of assistive technology in Europe; www.
In its press release announcing the new initiative, CoSN explains that an assistive technology device, as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), means any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability.
Dinah Cohen, CAP Director, and five members of the CAP staff hosted a tour for the Secretary that included an overview of CAP and demonstrations of assistive technology.
The formation of the Partnership for Assistive Technology (PAT) will address the diverse needs for assistive technology use for college students with disabilities.

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