By Albert M. Cook PhD PE, Janice Miller Polgar PhD OT

It’s the following: the most recent variation of the single textual content you must grasp assistive ideas, make convinced scientific judgements, and support increase the standard of existence for individuals with disabilities. according to the Human task Assistive know-how (HAAT) version, Assistive applied sciences: ideas and perform, 4th Edition offers targeted assurance of the huge diversity of units, providers, and practices that contain assistive expertise, and specializes in the connection among the human person and the assisted task inside of particular contexts. up to date and multiplied, this new version positive aspects insurance of recent moral matters, extra particular purposes of the HAAT version, and a number of worldwide concerns highlighting know-how functions and repair supply in constructing countries.

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At the other extreme are ATs that replace significant amounts of ability to generate functional outcomes. For example, some individuals have no verbal communication ability and may require a device to be able to communicate. Likewise, some individuals are totally dependent on a manual or powered wheelchair for their personal mobility. Hard and Soft Technologies Odor (1984) has distinguished between hard technologies and soft technologies. Hard technologies are readily available components that can be purchased and assembled into AT systems.

Individuals who are deaf often use text messaging, but there is also a special format for texting used by these individuals called TTY (see Chapter 14). TTY phones can be cumbersome and not very portable. They also lack many of the features of current smart phones. Zafrulla, Etherton, and Starner (2008) developed an app that emulates TTY on a smart phone. An important feature of this app is that it links to TTY technology installed in all emergency call centers in the United States and elsewhere.

This suggestion goes against the trend to have more and more features on devices. “More thought should go into simplifying an interface, not always augmenting it” (Pullin, 2009, p. 80). To illustrate this point, Pullin uses the example of a single station radio with the physical appearance of a radio from the 1940s. This radio is usable by individuals who have dementia but intact longer term memory sufficient to remember how to turn it on and off. It is simple to use, just on/off with no tuning to find the station, and it can be used without thought.

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