Assistive Technology is includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices and is used by people with disabilities. Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as scooters and power wheelchairs. Assistive technology devices can also be used for hearing and low vision. This included technological advances in computer hardware, software, and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies.
What is the Assistive Technology Act?
A formal, legal definition of assistive technology was first published in the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988. The Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act (P.L. 100-407) was first passed in 1988, reauthorized in 1994 (P.L. 103-218) and again in 1998 (P.L. 105-394). It was designated as a systems change grant and is often called the "Tech Act" for short. Congress passed this legislation to growth access to, granting of, and funding for assistive technology through state efforts and national enterprises. The 1998 law reaffirmed that technology is a valuable tool that can be used to improve independent living for Americans with disabilities.
Assistive Devices For Mobility
These assistive electronic devices are for those individuals with limited or no mobility. Popular devices include electric wheelchairs and electric mobility scooters. Electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters are devices that can electrically propelled and normally ridden in a seated position. These mobility aids are designed to be a substitute for the normal mobility allowing individuals to complete normal day to day activities.
Mobility Scooters – Electric mobility scooters come with 3 and 4 wheels. Scooters are a better mobility choice for those individuals that still have upper body strength to support themselves while steering and driving.
An example of a popular mobility scooter: ActiveCare Pilot 4-Wheel Mobility Power Scooter The Pilot 4-Wheel Mobility Power Scooter is a sporty and highly adjustable vehicle that provides a comfortable solution to mobility limitations, allowing you to experience increased fun and independence. With its premium safety features and maximum range of 22 miles, the 2410 Pilot scooter is an ideal device for going on leisurely jaunts or shopping trips.
Electric Powered Wheelchairs – Electric wheelchairs are best for people with very little or no upper body strength. They are rode in the upright sitting position and are steered by using a joy stick. The rider pushs the stick in the direction he or she wishes to travel.
An example of a popular powered wheelchair: Drive Cobalt Travel Power Wheelchair The Cobalt Travel Power Wheelchair from Drive ActiveCare is a deluxe mobility aid designed to combine the convenience of a power scooter with the performance of a luxury wheelchair. Featuring twin 4700 rpm motors housed in a lightweight and compact base, the Cobalt Rear Wheel Drive Travel Power Wheelchair delivers full-sized power in a easily transportable package.
Hearing Assistive Technology
Hearing technology is technology engineered to help in various listening situations. These situations can vary between indoors and outdoors and include any situation where you need to listen and understand. An assistive listening device can you help hear in crowded situations or when you are far from a speaker. These devices can be installed in a residence alerting them to phone calls and if someone is ringing the doorbell.
Personal Sound Amplification Device Example: Walker’s Game Ear
The Walkers game ear, from ActiveForever presents their greatest addition yet to their already stellar line of digital hearing aids.The new and improved, "Pro" model are far superior to their Digital HD Power Elite counterparts. Now equipped with Nano Technology, these personal hearing enhancers are perfect electronic devices for the individual with the active, busy, outdoor lifestyle. Powered on HD quality ehnancement technology, the Pro model hearing aids are easy-to-use and comfortable to wear. They provide enormous hearing ability housed in a deceptively small device.
Assistive Technology for Independent Living Example: The Clarity Alertmaster AL10 The Doorbell, Clock and Phone Notification System is an easy way to alert you to the telephone, alarm clock and doorbell. The newly redesigned doorbell, clock and phone notification system is an ideal solution for those with moderate-to-severe hearing loss who wish to have visual notification. The AL10 can also be expanded to other areas by adding optional accessories.
Assistive Technology for Low Vision
Low vision products help individuals with poor or deteriorating eyesight maintain their independence by allowing them to read everything from cards and letters and important items such as prescription medication instructions and legal documents. These vision devices also allow users to enjoy leisure activities like watching TV and being able to enjoy arts, hobbies and crafts.
Vision aid example: Sony Big Button Universal TV Remote Control RM-EZ4
The Sony Big Button Universal TV Remote Control RM-EZ4 enables you to combine your tv remote and cable remote in one easy to use, big-button universal remote. Channel surfing just got easier with the simplicity in design and large, easy-to-read buttons. No more fumbling with small, difficult-to-see buttons. The Sony Big Button Universal TV Remote Control features a minimal amount of buttons to keep things simple without a lot of options that you won"t need.
Low Vision Assistive Device Example: Bierley Maggie MD Portable Video Magnifier
The Bierley Maggie MD Portable Video Magnifier provides the same advanced magnification features and convenient credit card size as the Bierley Maggie Pro Portable Electronic Magnifier but this low vision device also includes a special macular degeneration mode of white text on black background to reduce glare. Reading prescription labels, restaurant menus, receipts and other fine print will never be easier or more convenient.
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