By Cathy Bodine

This quantity in The SAGE Reference sequence on incapacity explores matters concerning assistive expertise engineering and technology. it truly is considered one of 8 volumes within the cross-disciplinary and issues-based sequence, which includes hyperlinks from different fields making up incapacity reports as volumes learn themes primary to the lives of people with disabilities and their households. With a stability of heritage, conception, examine, and alertness, experts set out the findings and implications of analysis and perform for others whose present or destiny paintings contains the care and/or examine of these with disabilities, in addition to for the disabled themselves. The presentational kind (concise and fascinating) emphasizes accessibility. Taken separately, each one quantity units out the basics of the subject it addresses, observed by way of compiled facts and facts, prompt extra readings, a advisor to enterprises and institutions, and different annotated assets, hence delivering the appropriate introductory platform and gateway for extra research. Taken jointly, the sequence represents either a survey of significant incapacity matters and a consultant to new instructions and traits and modern assets within the box as an entire.

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Unfortunately, GPS systems are currently unable to provide accurate cues once someone enters a building, but researchers are actively investigating ways to adapt the technology for indoor navigation. Assistive Technology for Cognitive/Learning Disabilities Cognitive disabilities include disorders such as traumatic brain injury, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, learning disabilities, fragile X syndrome, and other disorders, both developmental and acquired.

Children and adults with developmental delays often benefit from low-tech EADLs that increase independence in play through intermittent switch control of battery-operated toys or electrical devices, such as a disco light. For those unable to operate a TV remote control, switches or voice commands to an EADL allow access to devices they would otherwise be unable to control. Many EADLs also accommodate cognitive and visual deficits. For example, an AAC device can display an icon instead of text for a client without literacy or who cannot read English.

A number of federally funded initiatives are underway to develop prompting technologies for individuals struggling with memory impairments. Technologies are being developed to aid those who cannot remember what step needs to happen next; cognitive aids for taking medications on time; and other technologies to support basic activities of daily living, such as hygiene, meal preparation, and recreational activities. Robotic technologies are also beginning to have an impact on rehabilitation treatment and to be used for assistance at home and in the community for individuals with a variety of disabilities.

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