Definition of Assistive technology
Assistive technology is a generic term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices and the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. AT promotes greater independence for people with disabilities by enabling them to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to or changed methods of interacting with the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. Although, Cook & Hussey (2001) report this term is usually not used for rehabilitative devices and for devices that able-bodied find useful. According to disability advocates, technology is often created without regard to people with disabilities, creating unnecessary barriers to hundreds of millions of people.
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Describe one piece of equipment introduced in assistive technology tutorial.
An Augmentative Communication Device called “Tech Talk” by Spectronics.
It is an electronic communication board with 6, 8 or 12 levels for a total of up to 96 messages. It can be used by all ages.
It is about keyboard size with 8 squares (7x7cm) that can have pre recorded messages that match corresponding pictures and play when touched. It is able to be programmed to record and playback 48-96 independent messages.
Graphic overlays (picture cards) can be changed easily by sliding though a slot in the housing grid. It is also possible to have an optional four output jacks for external connections to control toys, appliances, etc. and 4 input jacks for switch access available.
The price is dependant on the actual model and level. Prices range from $699-$1958 + GST.
How does this piece of equipment increase functional capacity for the user?
This device helps with increased communication and communication development. It allows its users the ability to make simple requests and responses. Many of these are for basic needs e.g. to answer “yes/no” or “ Can I have breakfast”, “I would like to have a wash”