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  1. Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities William T. Darling, Ph.D. The Ohio State University

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  3. Definition of Assistive Technology 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 the functional capabilities of people with disabilities.

  4. Overview of Services • Adaptive Toy Lending Library • Computer Refurbish and Recycle Program • Assistive Technology Device Loan Program • Assistive Technology Device Demonstration Program • Telepresence Robot Program

  5. Assistive Technology Issues and Concerns • Huge difference in disability world between having some function vs. having no function • Always maximize the use of existing function. • Never use “alternative” technology in an “assistive” situation.

  6. Assistive Technology Issues and Concerns • Huge difference in disability world between having some function vs. having no function • Always maximize the use of existing function. • Never use “alternative” technology in an “assistive” situation.

  7. Assistive Technology Issues and Concerns • Be aware of assistive technology as an “identifier” of disability…. • Beware of realistic financial capabilities…. • Beware of the attitudes and openness of the consumer and his or her family toward bringing technology into their lives

  8. Assistive Technology for Vision • White Cane • Portable Magnifier • CCTV • KNFB Reader • Screen Magnification Software • Currency Readers • Portable GPS • Braille Displays / Braille Notetakers

  9. Assistive Technology for Vision • Looktel App • Color ID • Light Detector • Be My Eyes

  10. Case Study Auto auction worker in Grove City

  11. Assistive Technology for Hearing • Cochlear Implants • FM Radio Transmitters • Lights as signals • Doorbells • Telephones • Alarm clocks

  12. Assistive Technology for Hearing • Sign Language / Interpreters • TTY • iPhone set to vibrate • Email • Text messaging • Face time • Closed captioning

  13. Assistive Technology for Hearing • Usound App – direct to hearing aid • Roger Voice – dictates what phone caller is saying

  14. Assistive Technology for Computers • Big Keys Keyboard • One-handed keyboards • BAT Keyboard • Dvorak Keyboard • Dasher • Speech Recognition Software • Head trackers • Specialized Mice

  15. The Future • Seeing with your tongue • Brain fingers

  16. Assistive Technology of Ohio 1314 Kinnear Road Area 200 Columbus, Ohio 43212 1-800-784-3425 atohio.engineering.osu.edu Darling.12@osu.edu