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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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The managing director also briefed the prime minister about the facilities provided by the PBM regarding the rehabilitation of special persons suffering from various disabilities which included state of the art assistive device, artificial limbs and financial support.
The findings of the study showed that 33.3% or all the children whose parents thought that their child could benefit from some assistive device or needed some additional product, had unmet mobility aids need which is inconsistent with the results showed by a study conducted in United States which indicated 10% unmet need for mobility aids13.
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After selecting which limb was amputated, students are asked to design and construct a prosthetic or assistive device for the soldier.
An estimated one-third of all older adults currently use an assistive device [1].
Without an assistive device, the student could see the outline of a power supply or a signal generator but could not tell them apart visually or see the gradations on the dials.
The Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton (WREX), an assistive device made of hinged metal bars and resistance bands for children with underdeveloped arms, is normally fabricated on a CNC system, however, it was too heavy and large for the young patient to use, so a Stratasys 3D printer was used to print a smaller and lighter plastic version of the device.
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* development and integration of assistive device services for people affected by leprosy in existing rehabilitation services to ensure availability and quality, and
ERGODEX introduces the DX1 Input System, an assistive device that helps students who have trouble using a standard keyboard and mouse control their computers.

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