Assistive, or adaptive, technology is the name for a device (item, equipment, or product system) that help to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with a disability or impairment. Devices, of course, have been a part of the treatment landscape for years, but technological and engineering advances have paved the way for advancements in the marketplace. This new high-tech, super-charged environment offers children and adults more choices than ever before in terms of how and when they choose to use assistive technology to enhance their quality of living.
It’s hard to find an aspect of life that is not touched in some way by technology. For people with disabilities, technological advances offer opportunities for inclusion in every aspect of life – home, school, work, and play. Assistive technology breaks down the barriers that include activity limitations and participation restriction. These advances form the nerve center of the disability movement – equal opportunity.