According to Gerard (2001) 'assistive technology' is defined as: "...products, devices or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that are used to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities..."
I define assistive technology as adaptive technology designed to assist in activities where one can not use the common technology designed for the 'norm' group of people.
Voice of America (2007) state: “Devices that help them perform an activity are called assistive technology. Assistive technology can help people reach their personal and professional goals”.
I have chosen 'the big read switch' as an assistive device to talk about.
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The usual price of one of these switch's (according to Star Mobility) is $135.00.
This assistive technology device is for individual's who do not have the ability in their hands to do fine motor skills when using a computer/mouse. By having an easy to push, large, red switch the individual will fins using a computer less taxing and a lot easier. Therefore this technology helps to increase the occupational engagement that the individual has when using a computer.
Here is the link to go directly to Trev's Star Mobility page with the information about the switch:
A big switch can also be used for other purposes, such as for music classes. Sounds can be recorded and with a push of the button the sound can play. Here is a clip as an example of this:
This is also a good example of occupational disruption being treated by using assistive technology to allow Amber to join in on the music session.
I hope you enjoy :)
Gerard, D. (2001, December 17). In What is assistive technology?. Retrieved May 17, 2012, from http://www.rehabtool.com/forum/discussions/1.html
How Technology Can Help Disabled People Live More Normal Lives (2007, April 3). In Voice of America. Retrieved May 17, 2012, from http://learningenglish.voanews.com/content/a-23-2007-03-04-voa2-83133247/127391.html