Types Of Assistive Technology (AT)

There are many different types of Assistive Technology available to support those who need it with day-to-day tasks. There are:

Assistive Technology For Learning, Cognition, And Development

These are products for people who need assistance with learning, attention, memory, and organisation.

Examples include:

  • Memory aids,
  • Text-to-speech systems to support learning (not related to vision needs)
  • Reminder systems
  • Notetaking systems
  • Mobile devices with specialised apps
  • Audiobooks.

 Hearing

These are products for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, including AT used for daily living activities, communication, and other needs. Examples include:

  • Radio aids
  • Wireless TV listening systems
  • Vibrating alarm clocks
  • Doorbell with flashing light alert
  • Portable closed captioning system
  • Face-to-face dual keyboard communication system
  • Amplified telephones
  • Phone with captioning
  • Mobile devices with texting or specialised apps.

Vision

These are products for people who are blind or visually impaired, including AT used for daily living activities, accessing computers, wayfinding, and other needs. Examples include:

  • Magnifiers
  • Talking devices such as a talking thermostat
  • Braille displays
  • Screen reading software
  • Text-to-speech systems using Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • Large print materials
  • Phones with large tactile buttons.

Speech communication

These are products for people with speech disabilities who need assistance with speaking, including face-to-face communication.  Examples include:

  • Voice amplification systems
  • Fluency assistance devices
  • Artificial larynx
  • Communication boards
  • Speech output software
  • Symbol-making software
  • Speech generating devices

Daily Living

These are products for people with disabilities and older adults with functional limitations due to aging.

These products increase independence when performing activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, eating, and other basic home/life activities, including shopping and money management.

Examples include:

  • Dressing aids such as zipper pulls and button hooks
  • Long handle shoe horn
  • Reacher
  • Adapted kitchen tools and eating utensils
  • Walker carrying bag
  • Wheelchair cup holder
  • Bookstand
  • Automatic soap dispenser
  • Vacuum robot
  • Switch-adapted appliances

Mobility, Seating, And Positioning

These are products for people who need mobility assistance. Examples include:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Walkers
  • Crutches
  • Scooter
  • Power chairs
  • Postural and pressure management products.

 Vehicle Modification And Transportation

These products promote safe access to transportation and increase independence through vehicle adaptations. Examples include:

  • Tie and lockdowns for securing a wheelchair to the floor of the vehicle
  • Ramps
  • Raised roofs
  • Adaptive seat belts

Computers And Related Peripherals

These products help people with disabilities access and use computers.  Examples include:

  • Specialised software, such as screen magnification software for people with low vision
  • Alternative keyboards and input devices
  • Voice recognition.

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