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This quantity in The SAGE Reference sequence on incapacity explores matters regarding assistive expertise engineering and technology. it's one in every of 8 volumes within the cross-disciplinary and issues-based sequence, which contains hyperlinks from diverse fields making up incapacity experiences as volumes learn themes imperative to the lives of people with disabilities and their households. With a stability of historical past, conception, study, and alertness, experts set out the findings and implications of study and perform for others whose present or destiny paintings comprises the care and/or examine of these with disabilities, in addition to for the disabled themselves. The presentational sort (concise and interesting) emphasizes accessibility. Taken separately, every one quantity units out the basics of the subject it addresses, followed by way of compiled information and information, advised extra readings, a consultant to enterprises and institutions, and different annotated assets, therefore delivering definitely the right introductory platform and gateway for extra learn. Taken jointly, the sequence represents either a survey of significant incapacity concerns and a consultant to new instructions and traits and modern assets within the box as an entire.

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Low vision cannot be corrected to normal by eyeglasses or contact lenses. Low-Tech Visual Aids A variety of AT devices and strategies can help individuals with visual impairments perform daily activities such as reading, writing, personal Introduction, Background, and History╇╇ 25 care, mobility, and recreation. Among low-tech solutions are simple handheld magnifiers or large print for reading, and mobility devices for safe and efficient travel. High-contrast tape or markers can also be used to indicate hazards, identify what an item is, or show where it is located.

Low-tech systems can be made by using digital photographs, pictures from books or catalogs, or a simple marker to draw letters, words, phrases, or pictures. Picture library software is also available commercially. , BoardMaker™ and PCS Symbols™) incorporate thousands of line drawings and pictures that can be used to quickly and easily fabricate a low-tech, nonelectronic communication system. Adults with progressive diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or multiple sclerosis (MS) can also choose to use low-tech picture or alphabet boards as a supplement to verbal communication when they experience fatigue during the day, or as their ability to verbally communicate decreases.

Tremendous efforts are underway to develop technologies to aid in the rehabilitation of these deficits as well as to facilitate re-entry into the soldiers’ home communities. A number of federally funded initiatives are underway to develop prompting technologies for individuals struggling with memory impairments. Technologies are being developed to aid those who cannot remember what step needs to happen next; cognitive aids for taking medications on time; and other technologies to support basic activities of daily living, such as hygiene, meal preparation, and recreational activities.

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