How does assistive technology benefit people?
Assistive technology (AT) allows a person with a disability to engage more fully with his or her environment. Its scope is broad, where infants through the most senior among us can benefit from AT. And its applications are almost endless, from helping with communication to providing reminders to reducing the effort to complete a task to improving access to other technology such as computers. AT is any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
LiveLife Therapy Solutions’ AT consultants have seen a wide variety of people who can benefit from AT. Here is a sampling of just a few:
- A five year old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was leaving his parents’ apartment at night. LiveLife Therapy Solutions recommended a door alarm that would beep and a chain for the door that the child could not manipulate.
- A young adult was not able to use his computer as a result of a spinal cord injury. LiveLife Therapy Solutions set up a voice-activated computer access system and trained him how to use it.
- A woman living on her own was having trouble transferring, using her phone and computer, accessing and entering her van, and accessing the on/off switch in her shower. LiveLife Therapy Solutions provided information about toilet and transfer board options and a shower head that allowed her to control the water’s on/off switch. They also set her up with the TED phone program to provide usable phone access, recommended a keyboard holder to allow independent computer access, and let her know of certified van vendors in Minnesota that can fix or install a new lift in her family’s van.
Not sure if there is an AT solution for a problem you or someone you know is having? Let us know, and we will be happy to help.