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What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology refers to assistive, rehabilitative, adaptive devices that may include equipment, product system, or software program designed to help people with disabilities and the elderly population. People with disabilities face challenges in performing activities of daily living and often require assistance. Assistive technology improves their functional capacity, enhances learning abilities and interaction with the outside world, and promotes greater independence. With the help of assistive technology devices, they can perform the formerly difficult tasks. They feel more confident and socially acceptable. Assistive technology not only provides physical assistance but also aids in learning. Assistive technology is also called adaptive technology, as the devices and systems are specifically designed to help people with disabilities.


We at Health Products For You provide assistive technology devices such as customized switches to operate, mounting systems, and teaching materials to help people with disabilities. Now there is no more need to abstain from the activities which you want to do. These high-quality products assist you in participating in different learning processes.


What are the different Assistive Technology Devices Available at HPFY?

Environmental Control Units

Environmental control units (ECU) allow people with disabilities to independently control their environment and perform everyday activities. People with disabilities feel frustrated as they cannot control their environment, which can lead to depression. Thanks to ECU devices which increase their independence and improve their self-esteem by participating in everyday living, work, and leisure activities. These devices help them access electronic devices like television, computers, telephones, and stereos and include remote control devices to open and close doors, adjust the indoor temperature, turn on and off lights and fans, etc. Interfaces and switches are added to different appliances, which allow them to be controlled by remote. Some are activated by voice. PowerLink 4 Control Unit has six unique modes of control that allow you to define exactly how and for how long appliances are turned on. You can control up to two electronic appliances with a single switch.

Switches

A switch is an assistive technology device used by people with movement limiting disabilities to access and operate electronic appliances. These are often called adaptive switches. The switches are designed in multiple ways. Adaptive switches provide an interface between the technology and the disabled person. The normal switch is modified to suit the person's unique ability and give the person access to the appliance. When students with disabilities use such switches, their functional capacity increases, and they can actively participate at home, at school, or in their neighborhood. The switches are designed so that the user can activate the switch with a simple and short movement without experiencing any strain. The common type of switches is chin switch, joystick, buddy switch, pillow switch, sip and puff switch, and microlight switch. These switches can be used for:

The E-Z Call Universal Quadriplegic Nurse Call Switch with Cord and Bite-or-Puff Air Operated Switch is ideal for quadriplegics with a high level of paralysis.

Mounting Products

Mounting products provide excellent solutions to make the life of disabled people simple and easy. Several mounting systems can be customized for unique individual physical requirements and can be used for various activities. These mounting plates can easily be attached to wheelchairs, tables, beds, and floor stands. Some mounting products use strong suction to hold it onto the surface to connect a switch or device in place. These can be removed and can be remounted to other surfaces. Gooseneck Mounting System can be attached to a table or wheelchair using a unique clamp and position switches any way the user wants. LEVO G2 Book Holder Floor Stand perfectly places the book in the most comfortable, ergonomic reading position.

Teaching

These products aid in teaching basic concepts to kids with learning disabilities. Students suffering from physical impairment, cognitive dysfunction, or dyslexia immensely get benefits from these products. These teaching tools are interactive and help the kids in developing sensory-motor skills. Pouring Cups Game enables users of all ages to actively partake in cooking exercises or engage in dramatic play. Stoelting Socio-Sexual Knowledge And Attitudes Assessment Tool-Revised Kit measure sexual knowledge and attitudes of developmentally delayed and general populations.


Where to buy Assistive Technology Equipment?

We at Health Products For You offer an extensive range of assistive technology products to help your loved ones use and activate various devices. These are reliable and high-quality products from top manufacturers like Enabling Devices, Ablenet, Supersonic, Med Labs, and many more.


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An assistive technology device refers to any item, piece of equipment, or system, acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability.

Users of assistive technology are those who have disabilities that interfere with communication, learning, social relationships, mobility, and active participation.

The choice is a decision made in coordination with a team of professionals and consultants trained to match particular assistive technologies to specific needs. An AT specialists may include family doctors, regular and special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, rehabilitation engineers, occupational therapists, and other specialists.

The following are the areas where there may be a need for AT devices:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Blindness and low vision
  • Deafness and hard of hearing
  • Computer access problems
  • Communication disorders
  • Mobility impairment
  • Mounting systems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Web accessibility
  • Augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC)

  • Low tech tools like communication boards made of cardboard or fuzzy felt.
  • special-purpose computers.
  • prosthetics, mounting systems, and positioning devices.
  • special switches, keyboards, and pointing devices.
  • screen readers and communication programs.
  • AT may include specialized learning materials and curriculum aids.
  • specialized curricular software.
  • electronic devices, educational software and much more.