Understanding Physical Disabilities. A Presentation on Diversity Awareness. By Beverly Beckwith Seana Dichler Kristin Fleming Tracy Lemus Santos. Our Definition…. “ Physical disability ”
refers to a broad range of disabilities which include orthopedic, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. A physical disability often impairs one’s mobility; therefore, the individual may rely on assistive devices or alternate methods to obtain least restrictive mobility.
Due to the time restaints of this presentation, we are going to focus on physical disabilities that are orthopedic or neuromuscular in nature.
“Humanity’s specs are back on the drawing board, thanks to some unlikely designers, and the disabled have a serious advantage in this conversation. They’ve been using technology in collaborative, intimate ways for years - to move, to communicate, to interact with the world. …People with disabilities - who for much of human history died or were left to die - are now, due to medical technology, living full lives. As they do, the definition of humanness has begun to widen.”
Assistive technology includes any item that is used to maintain or improve functional capabilities.Remember that "Assistive Technology" can mean anything from pencil grips, spring loaded scissors, or slant boards to computerized technology like mouse balls, communication systems, programs, etc
1. Head Mouse Extreme (head) or Integre Mouse (mouth)
3. Alternative Key Board
4. Communication Devices i.e. Vantage
6. Dragon dictate computer
Low-tech assistive technologies
Spoon Integra Mouse (mouth)
2. Card Holder
3. P-touch/ Label Maker
4. Alpha Smart
5. Canes or Walker
6. Spring loaded scissors
7. Caddies and Cup holders
9. Fishing Pole Holder
10. Sit/Stand/Transfer Aids
11. Phone Holder Clip
12. Joysticks and Trackballs
Clip On Vegetable
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