INDIVIDUALIZED ASSISTIVE TECH SOLUTIONS
AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION
Individuals with certain speech impairments are often candidates for augmentative communication systems. Systems range from communication booklets with pictures, letters, or words, to computer-based devices with text-to-speech output. How an individual accesses communication systems depends on the needs and abilities of the user and can include the use of switches, head mouse, or eye tracking.
ACCESS TO COMPUTER AND MOBILE DEVICES
Software and hardware adaptations are available to assist individuals in accessing and using computers and mobile devices. Adaptations include wheelchair or desktop mounts, modified keyboards, switch access, mouse emulators, and eye tracking. Ergonomic issues are also addressed.
Individuals who have difficulty using standard controls on gaming consoles, mobile devices, and computers have options which will allow them to have access to these platforms. Adaptations range from commercially available solutions such as the Xbox Adaptive Controller to customized tools via 3d printing. Visit www.ranchoemergingtechlab.org for more info regarding the Rancho Emerging Tech Lab, which is an auxiliary program of CART.
SEATING, POSITIONING, AND MOBILITY
Proper positioning ensures optimal function and is often primary to determining access to other assistive technologies. A variety of cushions, posture positioning systems, manual and power wheelchairs, and other mobility devices are available to determine the most appropriate solutions for each individual.
Individuals who have difficulty operating their lights, TV, or other appliances often can use specialized tools to help with these tasks. Technologies such as smart speakers and mobile devices can be used to increase independence in the home and office. Devices are demonstrated in our Model Home, along with universal design principles.
LOW VISION ASSISTIVE DEVICES
Low vision refers to vision loss that can’t be corrected by eye glasses or medical treatment. Use of low vision assistive aids, such as magnifiers, lighting, and digital aids, can help individuals continue to independently participate in various daily activities.