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Using Assistive Technology For Personal Independence. “ ITS ALL ABOUT BALANCE ”. Workshop Objectives. Define Assistive Technology (AT) products and services Define Categories of AT Discuss the Benefits of AT Use Explore Examples of AT Discuss AT Resources and Funding Options.

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Workshop objectives
Workshop Objectives

  • Define Assistive Technology (AT) products and services

  • Define Categories of AT

  • Discuss the Benefits of AT Use

  • Explore Examples of AT

  • Discuss AT Resources and Funding Options

Defining assistive technology at
Defining Assistive Technology(AT)

  • Assistive technology – “Any item, piece of equipment, product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities

  • Assistive technology service – “Any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.”

    Public Law 108-346

At categories
AT Categories

  • Low technology: inexpensive devices that are simple to make and easy to obtain. Such as shoe horn, sock aide, reacher, raised toilet seat, cane

  • High technology: generally more expensive, more difficult to make and harder to obtain. Such as power w\c, computer related, electronic devices such as PDA, vehicle modifications

Examples of assistive technology

Personal Care Devices

Home Modifications

* Ramps

*Rolling in shower

*Environmental control

Mobility Aides

Hearing Aides and Devices

Vision Equipment

Computer and adaptive software

Vehicles and Vehicle Modifications

Examples of Assistive Technology

Why use at
Why Use AT ?

  • Conserve energy

  • Preserve and protect joints integrity

  • Preserve and protect muscles integrity

  • Pain management: related to musculoskeletal problems

  • Increase or maintain personal level of independence

    For a person without a disability technology makes things easier. For a person with a disability technology makes things possible.

Personal care devices
Personal Care Devices

  • Bidet Systems

  • Electric leg bag emptier

  • Portable Rolling shower

  • Step in tub

Mobility aides
Mobility Aides

  • Ceiling lifts

  • Hoyer lifts

  • Bath lifts

  • Stair lifts

  • Inclined platform wheelchair lift

Environmental access
Environmental Access

  • Door Access: Automation: Stanley Excess Pro, Keypad door lock\deadbolt lock, remote key access

  • Lighting: light timers, touch lamps, motion sensor lights

  • Remote Controls: ceiling fans, gas log fire places, heating and air units

  • Battery operated blinds: custom

  • Automated sprinkler system

  • TV remotes. Universal remotes, large button remotes

  • Telephones: cell phones, headset, RC phone,

  • Attendant call: Child monitors, Doorbell,

  • Security monitors: linked to TV

Hard of hearing
Hard of Hearing

  • Personal Listening Devices: group settings

  • Phones: Amplifiers and alert system, TTY, VRS

    free devices – GACHI

  • Smoke detector

  • Alarm clocks

  • Doorbells: magnification\alert

  • TV. Radio: Wireless headsets, Close Captions

  • Hearing Aides: rechargeable batteries

Low vision
Low Vision

  • Hand Held Magnifier

  • Close Caption TV: portable (Senseview Duo), desk

  • TV screen magnifiers

  • Large print keyboard\ Labels

  • Zoom text. Screen magnification

  • Screen readers: Open Book, Jaws

  • Newsline: free newspaper reading service

  • Books on Tape

  • Microsoft Accessibility Options: magnifier, narrator

Computer access
Computer Access

  • Computer related fields of work

  • Used a tool for work or pleasure.

  • Major source of information.

    Computer components

    • Mouse

    • Keyboard

    • Monitor

    • Hard drive

Computer mice
Computer Mice

  • Trackball mice

  • Touch pads

  • Joystick

  • Mouth joystick

  • Head mice

  • Eye gaze

  • Touch screen

  • Microsoft Accessibility Options


  • One handed use

  • Space saver\compact keyboards

  • Large key keyboards

  • Large print keyboard

  • Ergonomic keyboard

  • Voice recognition

  • Onscreen keyboard

  • Microsoft Accessibility Options: keystrokes, onscreen keyboard


  • Large monitor

  • Filters

  • Display Options: Microsoft Accessibility

Microsoft computer accessibility features
Microsoft Computer Accessibility Features

  • Accessibility Options: Keyboard, Display, Mouse keys

  • Mouse size

  • Magnifier

  • Onscreen Board

  • Narrator

  • Accessibility Wizard


  • AT services: State Community Assistive Technology Resource Centers, Centers for independent Living and rehab facilities

  • List of accredited AT service providers. Commission on Accreditation for Rehab Facilities (CARF).

    Toll-free (888) 281-6531 voice/TTY

  • AT Funding Resources

    Tools for life:

  • Note Worthy Mention: Friends of Disabled Adults and Children(FODAC): located in Atlanta, GA. free durable medical or other AT devices.

    Refer to Hand out: Assistive technology Resources and Funding Options

Contact information
Contact Information

Samantha Massengale, OTR\L, ATP


PO BOX 1000

706 655 5126

[email protected]