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Assistive Technology Fact Sheets

1. Aids for daily living

Devices and adaptions to increase participation or independence in activities such as eating and grooming as well as routine tasks such as getting out of bed and cooking dinner. Ex: wash mitt for bathing, clothing with Velcro to make dressing easier

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2. Adapted toys/recreational AT

This category includes specialized equipment or adaptions that facilitate participation in a variety of leisure activities. Ex: bat with a large handle for children with motor impairments, set of Braille building blocks

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3. Switches and environmental control units

These enable people without mobility, sufficient dexterity or cognition to control household devices or make changes in their immediate environment. Ex: switch that controls an overhead fan

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4. Assistive listening devices

This category includes equipment that amplifies auditory signals and devices that alert an individual to sounds in their environment. Ex: hearing aid, flashing light indicating the doorbell is ringing

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5. Aids for low vision

These devices assist people with low vision by increasing contrast, enlarging images or substituting tactile or auditory signals for visual ones. Ex: magnifier, Braille

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6. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

This category includes equipment and services that enhance face-to-face communication and telecommunication. Writing aids are also included in this group. Ex: language board, text telephone, adaptive writing utensil

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7. Computer access

These are devices that improve access to computers by facilitating input or enhancing output. Ex: adapted keyboard, screen reader

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8. Seating, positioning and mobility

Items in this category include those that support or improve mobility and the equipment used to customize mobility alternatives. Seating and positioning devices improve body stability, provide trunk and head support, and reduce pressure on skin. Mobility devices aid movement in space as well as movement over distance. Ex: lumbar support, walker, wheelchair

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