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Technical aids and assistive technology 

Technical aids and assistive technology
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Technical aids and assistive technology
Author(s):

Anthony B. Ward

, Michael P. Barnes

, Sandra C. Stark

, and Sarah Ryan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199550524.003.0012
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date: 18 September 2019

Introduction 166

Wheelchairs 168

Footwear and orthoses 172

Prostheses 176

Environmental control systems 180

cover all equipment for disabled people, whether for use in the home, at work or in the community at large. They range from simple devices in the kitchen or bathroom, to hoists, stair-lifts, and any item which may improve the standard of living for a disabled person. They are designed for use by either the subject themselves or to be operated by carers in their caring role. Occupational therapists have particular skills in this field and equipment can be viewed and inspected in disabled living centres (contact information through the Disabled Living Foundation...

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