What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology is defined as any piece of equipment, product system, or service used to increase, maintain, and/or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities or limitations (ATIA, 2017). This term can refer to any type of assistive, adaptive, or rehabilitative device along with the process of using these devices. Assistive technology can range from low tech to high tech devices depending on the individual need and their given environment.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to assistive technology. The Easterseals Iowa Assistive Technology Program has a variety of demonstration videos to help you learn more about what types of devices are available, but know there is much more than even what you’ll see in our video library.
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Why Assistive Technology?
The use of assistive technology is appropriate when there is a barrier to accomplishing an activity of daily living. This may be caused by an array of chronic conditions and/or diagnoses. Assistive technology offers a possible solution that may help provide individuals with more independence and prevent additional harm or injury. For example, an individual who has paralysis may install Dragon Dictation software to their computer which would allow that individual to communicate and use their computer without having to type or read the screen. The usage of assistive technology is individualized to each person given their specific abilities, needs, and environment.
Where Can I Find Assistive Technology?
Who We Serve
Easterseals Iowa provides exceptional services to ensure that all Iowans with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.