assistive technology

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assistive technology

(1) Technologies that support automobile drivers. See automotive safety systems.

(2) Hardware and software that help people who are physically impaired. Often called "accessibility options" when referring to enhancements for using the computer, the field of assistive technology is quite vast and even includes ramp and doorway construction that supports wheelchairs. For more information, visit the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) at

Enhancements for using the computer include alternative keyboard and mouse devices, replacing beeps with light signals for the deaf, screen magnifiers and text enlargers, as well as systems that form Braille letters from on-screen text. See screen reader, voice recognition, TDD/TTY and accessibility.

A Specialized Keyboard
This IntelliKeys keyboard provides a 24x24 cell matrix that can be custom programmed with oversized keys for children with disabilities. (Image courtesy of AbleNet, Inc.,
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However, the adaptive equipment and training needed to safely get in and out and/or drive can get pricey.
Examples include computer accessories or adaptive equipment, optical magnifying devices, hearing and assistive devices, Braille products and handrails.
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The move is in line with the initiatives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to free special needs adaptive equipment from any duties or taxes, Musabih said.
Previously, VA regulations only provided automobile allowances and adaptive equipment grants to veterans with complete loss or loss of use of extremities or permanent vision impairment of both eyes.
When her father helps her with adaptive equipment that allow her to use her hands to write, use tools, and be independent, she is able to create a full, rich life for herself.
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Specific recommendations include examination of the feet and footwear, functional evaluation, including activities of daily living skills, and use of adaptive equipment and mobility aids.
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In the Fall issue, the legality of driving with adaptive equipment was not addressed.

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