An Abilitation catalog features assistive devices, and educational and therapeutic products, for children with special needs. Products include toys, furniture, mobility devices, and products designed to assist in the development of motor skills, language, communication and sensory processing, according to School Specialty.
Assistive devices assist both children and adults with learning and mobility, and allow the individual to function more effectively. It is estimated that there are over 4,000 assistive technologies, which include everything from wheelchairs to a variety of high-tech tools such as hearing aids, screen magnifiers, Braille note-taking devices, voice-recognition software and technologies that allow for computer control with eye movement, notes Education World.
Assistive technology may also increase quality of life and prevention of dependence in elderly populations who have greater levels of functional limitations. The use of assistive devices to help with activities of daily living is essential in successful interventions and may mean the difference between living at home and living in a long-term care facility, according to the National Institutes of Health. To ensure that these technologies enhance the user?s quality of life, a future focus on consumer involvement in selection and evaluation is necessary, as is finding ways to make these technologies more widely available and affordable.