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Technical aids and assistive technology 

Technical aids and assistive technology
Technical aids and assistive technology

Manoj Sivan

, Margaret Phillips

, Ian Baguley

, and Melissa Nott

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date: 09 July 2020

The purpose of this chapter is to explain key terminology and considerations in the provision of assistive technology. Assistive solutions are individualized, tailored combinations of assistive devices and services and have the potential to enable people to engage in their chosen life roles. Generic principles and selection processes are explored to support decision-making and provide a foundation for assistive technology practice. Developments in everyday technologies are also highlighted to illustrate their increased potential to be used by a wider range of people. Within this chapter, examples of digital assistive technology are provided to illustrate key features and considerations in the assistive technology process. Assistive technology principles, however, can be applied to both low- and high-tech assistive products.

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