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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.

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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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and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Assistive Technology Program.
We want to give older people the opportunity to come along and try out some of the assistive technology that's available to support older people."
Assistive technology improves the functioning of children with disabilities.
Not only is assistive technology an important tool in working through learning disabilities, it's also proving useful for a growing number of English learners and others with a range of learning differences.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of NHS, the resolution considers that one billion people need assistive technology and that as the global population ages, the prevalence of non-communicable diseases also increases.
In 2021 WHO will prepare a global report on effective access to assistive technology in the context of an integrated approach, based on the best available scientific evidence and international experience, said the statement.
In 2021m WHO will prepare a global report on effective access to assistive technology in the context of an integrated approach while a report on the progress achieved would be submitted to the Assembly in 2022.
Compared with other North American and European countries, Brazil has few instruments to help researchers and professionals in the field of rehabilitation with the process of prescribing, indicating, and selecting assistive technology items.
Yet, the children can have a conversation, using Assistive Technology (AT) that compensates for a student's skills deficits or area(s) of disability.
Zoe Clarke CSci AMIMechE, assistive technology clinical specialist at Bamsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is one of four female healthcare scientists who have been awarded the Chief Scientific Officer's WISE Fellowship.
The process of matching a person who has a disability with the most appropriate assistive technology requires a series of assessments, typically administered by multidisciplinary teams at specialized centers for technical aid.
More than 150 local, regional and global exhibitors will showcase the latest in assistive technology catering to disabilities and disorders at the upcoming AccessAbilities Expo 2017 in Dubai, UAE.

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