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Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?


Assistive technology (AT) is any technology or product designed to assist a person with a disability to use a website or application. For example, the JAWS Screen Reader or the VoiceOver iPhone app are assistive technologies. In general, assistive technology describes the devices used by people with disabilities to accomplish tasks.

Assistive technology (AT) is a term used for adaptive, assistive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities. People with disabilities often have difficulty performing activities of daily living, even independently or with assistance. Assistive technology can include moving devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software, and peripherals that help people with disabilities access computers or other information technologies.

A person who needs assistive technology for his daily living activities is compelled to live an excluded and isolated life in absence of that assistive technology. AT can help reduces the need for formal health support, long-term care, and additional work of caregivers.

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