What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology is any device, system or design, that allows an individual to perform a task that they would otherwise be unable to do, or increase the ease and safety with which a task can be performed, or anything that assists individuals to carry-out daily activities.
Other common terms you may be familiar with include aids and equipment or home healthcare.
Assistive technology can include simple products such as those that assist you to open a jar or bottle, or turn a tap or open a door. Complex technologies can include specialised computers, powerdrive wheelchair controllers, home automation and environmental control systems. They can also include environmental design and home modifications or a different technique or way of doing a task.
Who uses assistive technology?
Every person uses assistive technology to assist them in their dailiy lives. A person may use a modified vehicle, a wheelchair, a bathboard, or a knife with a built up handle.
Which option is best for me?
There are a wide range of assistive technology options available in todays market. As each person is different, it is important that a multiple of factors are carefully considered before you decide which one best suits your needs.
Common areas to consider include your current and future goals, your abilities, your environment, the location in which you need and want to use the AT, and the features and options of the AT available.
This process can be complex and daunting, hence it is recommended that you seek professional and independent information and advice about which assistive technology solution best meets your goals.
Your independent living centre can assist you in this process by providing free, professional and independent information and advice.