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If you love gardening but find it difficult because of limited mobility, there are many assistive technology (AT) products and solutions available to …
[GUIDE] Where Can I Find Guides for Assistive Technology? – National Rehabilitation Information Center
Finding the right assistive technology (AT) to meet your needs can be a challenge. NARIC’s collection includes more than 65 guides and factsheets developed during the AbleData project. Each information product includes an overview of the topic, general descriptions of types of assistive technology, and recommendations for where to find additional information or support to identify, purchase, or build the right AT solution for you. The links here will take you to a description of the guide, with a link to download the PDF. We’ve included a Spanish version for any available guides. All of these guides were produced between 2013 and 2020. You may also like the catalogue of AbleData’s blog posts (PDF) featuring a variety of AT topics.
This guide highlights some of the assistive technology (AT) products developed to make shoe-donning and shoe-removing easier for people with disabilities. Shoe-donning AT include the foot funnel; the Helping Hand Shoe Helper; the Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO) Assist, consisting of the AFO Cradle, the Shoe Platform, and the Foot Funnel; and shoe-lacing aids. Shoe-removing aids discussed are the Shoe Remover and the Shoe Puller Remover.
This guide provides a brief overview of some of the assistive technology (AT) mobile health software applications (apps) that may help manage post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. It describes apps aimed at: re-experiencing symptoms, avoidance symptoms, arousal and reactivity symptoms, and cognition and mood symptoms.
This guide describes several different types of assistive technology (AT) devices for eating, such as arm and hand supports, adaptive dishware and utensils, and self-feeding machines.
This guide describes different types of assistive technology (AT) exercise equipment that are available. There is AT exercise equipment designed specifically for people with disabilities available on the market. Also, some of the workout equipment available is universally designed, which means that it is purposefully designed to support exercisers of varying heights, proportions, and abilities.
[Abstract] A new tablet-based program to support leisure and video calls in people with intellectual and motor disabilities
BACKGROUND: People with intellectual disability and motor impairment have reduced opportunities to participate in recreational and communication activities.
OBJECTIVE: This study reports on the evaluation of a new tablet-based program to help seven participants with mild/moderate or moderate intellectual disability, motor impairment, and limited communication skills to access leisure events and video calls independently.
METHODOLOGY: The program relied on the use of a tablet fitted with the WhatsApp Messenger and MacroDroid applications. The leisure and communication options (i.e., music, films, and video calls) were presented in sequences of three. The participant could choose the first, second or third element of the sequence by touching/covering the tablet’s proximity sensor once, twice or three times. The program was evaluated according to a non-concurrent multiple baseline design across participants.
RESULTS: During the baseline (i.e., when the program was not in use), the participants failed to access leisure events or video calls independently. During the post-intervention (i.e., with the program), their mean percentages of session time spent with the two types of engagement were within the 80–90 range.
CONCLUSION: We conclude that the new tablet-based program can be a fairly efficient and beneficial tool to enable people with intellectual disability and motor impairments to access leisure events and video calls independently.
Document reviews major categories of high-tech wearable assistive technology (AT) available on the market today. Wearables (sometimes referred to as wearable technology or wearable tech) are devices or sensors that can be worn on or embedded in your body to assist you in performing a specific task or function. Examples of wearables include smartwatches, fitness trackers, headgear, smart clothing, and jewelry. Examples are also provided of newer high-tech wearables that are useful for people with hearing, cognitive, and visual disabilities.
The links between disability, activity limitation and participation restriction are well established. Recent and continued advancement of technology, particularly smart home and communication technologies, presents new ways in which some of the limitations and restrictions experienced by people with disabilities can be overcome. The aim of this scoping review was to explore the impact of smart home and communication technology on the outcomes of people with disabilities and complex needs.
This review involved systematic searching of four databases, hand searches and data extraction. Eligibility criteria included  participant outcomes of  technology used within the home  among adults with a disability and complex needs.
Of the 2400 studies identified, 21 met our inclusion criteria. Studies were characterized by significant diversity in relation to disability and type of technology. Overall, technology appeared to improve independence, participation and quality of life among people with a disability and complex needs. Despite this, ethical considerations were raised given the vulnerability of this population, including potential risks through social participation and privacy concerns of using monitoring technology.
Smart home and communication technology can improve outcomes for people living with disabilities and complex needs. However, a number of factors impact the successful implementation of technology, including personalization, flexibility and ongoing support to the person with a disability and their close others. Future research should utilize high-quality study designs and established measures of important outcomes for this group.
- IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION
- There is a broad range of smart home and communication technology devices and systems available that may support the independence and participation of people with disabilities and complex needs; however, high-quality evidence documenting the impact of technology is lacking.
- Soft-technology supports, including assessment, training and evaluation of technology implementation, may play just as important a role in shaping outcomes as the technology itself.
- Systematic research is required to ensure there is quality evidence to inform investment in both technologies, and the soft-technology supports that promote its successful use.
[Abstract] Stroke Survivors general use of technical devices in their home environment and likelihood of using a potential digital application in their rehabilitation: A survey following Early Supported Discharge – Student thesis
Early Supported Discharge (ESD) intervention can be offered within stroke care to provide specialist rehabilitation in home environment. Using eHealth in ESD could open up perspectives and possible enhance rehabilitation process within stroke care.
The purpose of this study is to explore whether eHealth would be feasible within ESD interventions in stroke patients, through investigating ESD stroke survivors’ use of technical devices and interest towards a potential digital application that may have supported their rehabilitation.
A convenience sample were used in Malmö/Lund, and 56 stroke survivors were recruited. Data was collected through a survey and mainly descriptive analysis of the collected data was presented to explore overall usage.
Forty-eight stroke survivors aged 34-91 years participated. Technical devices were used both pre/post stroke in daily life. Fatigue had an impact on usage, but majority had no symptoms that affected use of technology. Sixty-two percent (n=30) managed their technology post stroke independently. Over 70% (n=34) reported they would consider using a potential application to support them in their rehabilitation.
Many ESD stroke patients use technical devices and were likely technology as part of their rehabilitation if they perceived that it could have supported them in their rehabilitation.