A Comprehensive Guide
Assistive Technology has been a part of human beings for a long time now. In fact, the earliest use of wheelchairs can be traced back to China back in 5th Century. From eyeglass to a crutches, and wheelchairs, all these are parts of Assistive Technology essentially service people with different disabilities.
Assistive can be something simplistic like using a duct tape to assist gripping, or can be highly sophisticated, generating speech using eye motion - something Dr. Stephen Hawking used to converse.
Assistive technology may also be commercially available for end use, or customized for a specific use, or even simply modified a little to aid usage, type of sophistication and the technology used depends upon the type of impairment addressed.
As there exist different category of impairments, there are different categories of Assistive Technology that have been described below.
Assistive Technology for people who are blind or visually impaired, including those used for daily living activities, accessing computers, wayfinding, and other needs. For example:
Assistive Technology for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, including those used for daily living activities, communication, and other needs. For example:
Assistive Technology for people with speech disabilities who need assistance with speaking including face-to-face communication. For example:
Assistive Technology for who need assistance with learning, attention, memory, and organization. For example:
Assistive Technology for people who need mobility assistance. For example:
Assistive Technology for people with disabilities and the elderly with functional limitations. These products increase independence in performing activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, eating and other basic home/life activities including shopping and money management. For example:
Assistive Technology to increase access to homes, businesses, and other buildings by people with disabilities and include systems to open/lock doors, control lighting, temperature and other environmental needs. For example:
Assistive Technology that promote safe access to transportation and increase independence through vehicle adaptations. For example:
Assistive Technology that help people with disabilities access and use computers. For example:
Assistive Technology that help people with disabilities participate in sports, recreation, and leisure activities. For example:
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