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How Assistive Technologies Can Save Lives

Hillary Cyril




Assistive technology is a broad term encompassing several medical specialties that focus on helping people with mobility disabilities. Assistive technologies include hearing aids, walkers, wheelchairs, artificial limbs, power wheelchairs, scooters, and artificial body parts. The term also encompasses therapy and rehabilitation. This is due to the fact that assistive technologies often take years of research and development before being made available to the public. These years of research and development can be very expensive, therefore the government and other organizations often provide financial assistance for technologies such as these.

A typical device that can help someone with mobility disabilities includes power wheelchairs, mobility scooters, walkers, wheelchairs, stairlifts, ramps, and toilet seats. Assistive technologies cover many aspects of daily life for individuals with mobility disabilities. Some of the most common devices in this field are walkers, wheelchairs, power chairs, scooters, stairlifts, ramps, and toilet seats. The categories of assistive technologies also include communication devices, electronic products, appliances, medical devices, safety products, and furniture. This last category is particularly interesting as it contains many different types of furniture, such as ergonomic chairs, bathtubs, shower enclosures, recliners, vanity stools, bars, cabinets, drawers, and couches.

The government and private organizations often provide federal and state loans for individuals with visual disabilities. The funds are available to individuals who may need to buy a house, pay for special needs children to go to school, or go back to school. The funds also help to repair or replace equipment that is used in the performance of job-related tasks. As long as an individual has an impairment that affects his or her abilities to see, hearing, move around, or perform any other task, he or she may be eligible for federal or state aid. In most cases, it is best for individuals with visual disabilities to go through training to learn how to use assistive technologies effectively.


Specialized equipment and prosthetic devices, such as walkers, wheelchairs, and power chairs, are usually designed for disabled individuals to improve their quality of life. In fact, millions of people now use assistive technologies and mobility aids to go about their daily lives. For example, many people use walkers, which allow them to move around in residential communities. Similarly, many disabled people choose to purchase motorized wheelchairs, which allow them to enter various buildings or facilities.

In addition to using devices to improve their quality of life, many disabled people also use these technologies to improve their employment prospects. Certain employers recognize that some job applicants have trouble walking or using a restroom; therefore, they make it possible for disabled applicants to be hired only if they undergo training. Other employers use prosthetic devices, such as canes, walkers, or wheelchairs, to help their disabled workers perform their jobs more easily. And occupational therapists often recommend the use of assistive technologies or devices to patients who have limitations in their movement. This helps people recover from their disabilities more quickly and keeps them out of further difficulties.

In addition to improving the quality of life of those who are disabled, using technology to overcome some of the disabilities that they experience can save the lives of those who are healthy. Therefore, it is imperative that everyone who is interested in receiving disability assistance should carefully consider the available technologies. If you or someone you know is interested in obtaining assistive technologies or disability equipment, contact a local HIE help center.

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