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Assistive technology or adaptive technology (AT) is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.
The terms may be used with a slight difference in meaning. “Assistive technology” may specifically refer to new devices designed to assist with tasks. “Adaptive technology” may specifically mean making modifications to existing devices and technology to enable their use by people with disabilities. Both terms refer to the goal of accommodating people with disabilities, who otherwise would be prevented from completing tasks.
Examples of Assistive technology include the curb cut in architecture, standing frames, text telephones, accessible keyboards, large print, Braille, and speech recognition software. Assistive technology or interventions are sometimes controversial or rejected, for example in the controversy over cochlear implants for children.
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