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1 Assistive Technology Carrie Clawson, OTR/L, ATP Brad Miles
AT Specialist, VA DARS Brad Miles Rehab Engineer, VA DBVI

2 Definition Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product system whether acquired off the shelf, modified, or customized that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Public Law Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as amended 2004

3 What does that mean? Assistive technology is a tool used by an individual with a disability to complete a work task or job function.

4 Rehab Engineering

5 Rehab Engineering

6 AT for Hand Impairment Trackball Voice Recognition Software Headset

7 AT for Hand Impairment Large Keyboards Track ball mouse Typing Aid
Word Prediction software (Word Q) Speech Recognition Software (Dragon Naturally Speaking) Accessibility Options Sticky Keys Filter Keys On Screen Keyboard Speech Recognition

8 Windows Accessibility Features/Mac Universal Access

9 Dragon Naturally Speaking
Version 12 in 2012 Premium edition often used by people with fine motor impairments; Home edition for those with some ability to type/use mouse Complicated; requires the ability to learn commands Can be frustrating More robust voice profiles mean less training “out of the box”

10 AT for Vision Impairment
Windows Accessibility ( Magnifier & Narrator ) High Contrast Keyboard Magnifiers Screen Magnification (ZoomText) Screen Reader (JAWS) Speech Recognition (Dragon Naturally Speaking) CCTVs Braille Note Takers Braille Displays

11 High Contrast Display, On Screen Keyboard

12 Zoom Text Screen magnification software
Can customize level of magnification needed Also can read text on the screen

13 JAWS Reads information on the screen Replaces viewing of the monitor
Used by people without vision

14 High Res Keyboards

15 Braille Note Takers QWERTY Keyboard Braille Keyboard Braille Display
Portable Wireless Digital Recorder / Player Optional GPS

16 Braille Displays Braille Input Keyboard Attach to Windows Computers
Attach to I-Devices Attach to Android devices

17 CCTVs Enlarge / Magnify Change Color Contrast Desktop Magnifiers
Portable Magnifiers Handheld Magnifiers

18 Kurzweil 3000, Read and Write Gold
Text to speech Facilitates reading fluency, but not comprehension Useful for people with print or visual disabilities Supports study skills Natural Reader and Read Please have less features, can be downloaded free

19 AT for Mobility Impairment
Canes Walkers A chair or stool for resting Scooters wheelchairs

20 AT for Hearing Impairment
Telephone amplification Closed Captioning Accessibility/Universal Access options for visual alerts and captions * VDDHH, Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing a good resource

21 AT for Memory Impairment
Voice recorder Livescribe Smartpen Smartphone/PDA

22 Factors in Selection of Appropriate AT
Needs assessment Psychosocial factors Sensorimotor skills Vision Motor skills: strength, range of motion, fine motor Sensation: light touch/deep pressure, proprioception Cognitive abilities Caregiver support Environment of usage vendor support Training available

23 Barriers to Successful Use of AT
Poor fit (no comprehensive assessment) Inexperience with AT/insufficient training in use Family/caregiver/employer not buying into use or sabotages AT Limited motivation to use AT (Not comfortable with tech, doesn’t like AT) Limited motivation to achieve goal WITHOUT AT

24 Contact Information Carrie Clawson Brad Miles DARS Department for Aging and Rehabilitation Services (DARS) Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)

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