Solution Name: Assistive Devices Module I
Assistive devices and technologies are those whose primary purpose is to maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence to aid in participation and to enhance overall well-being. It can also help prevent impairments and secondary health conditions. Examples of assistive devices and technologies include wheelchairs, prostheses, visual aids, and specialized computer software and hardware that increase mobility, hearing, vision, or communication.
Some types of assistive devices are mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, crutches prosthetic devices, and orthotic devices.
Cognitive aids, including computer or electrical assistive devices help individuals with memory, attention, or other challenges in their thinking/cognitive skills.
Computer software and hardware, such as voice recognition programs, screen readers, and screen enlargement applications, to help individuals with mobility and sensory impairments use computers and mobile devices.
Tools such as automatic page turners, book holders, and adapted pencil grips to help individuals with special needs to participate in educational activities
Physical modifications in the built environment, including ramps, grab bars, and wider doorways to enable access to various buildings.
Basic Assistive Devices /Adaptions for the Classroom:
These tools include any type of equipment or device that helps the individual to compensate for their learning disabilities. While they are unable to eliminate learning problems entirely, they can help to capitalize on their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. Among the most innovative technologies available today, the following five are the most popular.
Phonetic Spelling Software
Variable Speed Recorders
Videotaped Social Skills