According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), that particular legislation defines assistive technology as:
... any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. [20 U.S.C. Chapter 33, Section 1401 (25)].
This definition is inherently broad in it's scope and covers a wide gambit of technologies to promote independence among people with disabilities. Since the field of assistive technology is so broad, devices are often categorized for easier understanding as to what condition or medical classification their scope covers.
Assistive Technology Categories
Speech and Communication
Learning and Cognition
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
Computers and Alternative Access
Mobility, Seating and Positioning
Rec, Sports and Leisure
Vehicle Modifications and Transportation
Often times people think of assistive technology as high-end complex technology, but assistive technology also includes low-tech solutions, such as pencil grips, door knob grips, modified switches, even crutches, wheelchairs and eye glasses can be considered assistive technology. Accessfull LLC can help you understand what types of assistive technology are available, and offer solutions to ensure your loved ones can increase, maintain or improve their functional capabilities...in other words, enahnce their independence.
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