Assistive devices are technology products, such as adaptive or rehabilitation devices, geared towards providing greater independence to those with disabilities or limited abilities. These products can assist people with a variety of things, including communication, mobility, learning, recreation, overcoming or dealing with physical or mental challenges and help with daily life activities.
The whole goal of assistive technology is to enhance a person’s quality of life through the use of such devices.
Examples of assistive devices
Below are just a few examples of assistive devices that are available today. Some are relatively easy to acquire, while others are more difficult to obtain due to availability or cost.
- furniture with lifts, or made for easy standing/sitting
- clothing with Velcro or snaps
- extended bath brushes
- mobility devices like scooters or walkers
- grab bars in bathroom
- hearing devices and amplifiers
- seat lifts
- large button phones
- audio books
- wheelchair ramps and lifts
- special lights on smoke detectors, phones and doorbells
- talking clocks
- motion sensors for lights
- ‘reachers’ to help pick up, or reach up to, items
- easy-grip utensils
It would be impossible to list all the assistive devices that are available to the public. Our advice for those who might want or need this type of technology is to discuss it with an Occupational Therapist, or other qualified professional, to ensure you get the quality of product you want that will meet your needs.