Understanding of Assistive Technology

Did you know? Assistive Technology,

  • Comprises of a wide spectrum of gadgets and equipment, from inexpensive pencil grips to complex technology for communicating and controlling appliances, electronics, and more.
  • Can be used at home, school, work and in the community-wherever the need arises.
  • Can be store bought, a product system made at home, or even an item professionally designed and developed for custom utility.

Assistive Technology Categories

Assistive Technology is mainly divided into 10 categories based on the impairment and utility:

  • Vision (e.g. magnifiers, CCTV systems, talking devices, screen reader software)
  • Hearing (e.g. personal amplification systems such as hearing aids, visual or tactile alerting systems, captioning, amplified telephones)
  • Speech Communication (e.g. speech generating devices, communication boards/books, software with speech output, voice amplifiers)
  • Learning, Cognition, and Developmental (e.g. memory aids, instructional materials, personal organization tools, sensory stimulation products)
  • Mobility, Seating and Positioning (e.g ambulatory aids, wheelchairs, scooters, contoured seating systems, head supports)
  • Daily Living (e.g. modified tools and utensils, writing guides, switch adapted appliances, zipper pulls, reacher)
  • Environmental Adaptations (e.g. alarm and security systems, lifts, ramps, door and gate openers, switches to control various appliances, lights, telephones, etc.)
  • Vehicle Modification and Transportation (e.g. adaptive shoulder and seat safety belts, hand controls, tie downs and lock downs that secure a wheelchair to the vehicle floor)
  • Computers and related peripherals (e.g. alternative keyboards and pointing devices, switches and scanning software for computer access, touchscreens, voice recognition software)
  • Recreation, Sports, and Leisure (e.g. switch adapted games and toys, playing card shuffler, adapted sporting equipment, adapted musical equipment)

Based on the needs of the consumer, utility and other factors, a device may fit into more than one category.

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