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Assistive Devices

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Assistive Devices

Assistive devices are products, equipment, and systems that enhance learning, working, and daily living for persons with disabilities. These devices are designed to provide individuals with the tools they need to function more independently and participate more fully in their environments. Assistive devices can range from simple, low-tech items like a magnifying glass or a specialized grip for a pen, to more complex, high-tech devices such as voice recognition software or a motorized wheelchair. They are used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities, whether those disabilities are physical, sensory, or cognitive in nature. The field of assistive technology has seen significant advancements in recent years, thanks to innovations in areas like robotics, artificial intelligence, and materials science. These advancements have led to the development of more sophisticated and personalized assistive devices that can better meet the unique needs of each individual user. Despite these advancements, however, there is still a significant unmet need for assistive devices globally, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where access to these technologies may be limited. Efforts to increase access to assistive devices, through initiatives like the World Health Organization's Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) program, are critical to ensuring that all individuals with disabilities have the tools they need to live full and independent lives

accessibility, adaptive technology, mobility aids, communication aids, hearing aids, visual aids, cognitive aids, prosthetics, orthotics

Robert Anderson

CITATION : "Robert Anderson. 'Assistive Devices.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on May 20, 2024)"

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