Technology Makes 24-Hour Assistance UnnecessaryBy Havens, Robert; Occupational Therapy Now,
Publication Date: January 2005
Article by a wheelchair-bound man with minimal use of his limbs describes how he leads an independent life with the aid of various technological devices, despite being told that his medical condition required 24-hour supervision. From his 21-inch computer screen, he can monitor his front door via an outside camera connected to the computer’s television cable. He can open the door by means of a remote-control TouchScreen, which he also uses to make and receive calls on his speakerphone. From his computer, he is able to activate the various components of his entertainment system. The computer also gives him control of the lighting and the elevator in his home. He pursues his hobby of photography using a specially-mounted digital camera with a modified remote control, a Tash Mini Relax scanning infrared transmitter. Damage to his vocal cords during surgery led him to find a portable voice amplifier, which he finds useful when speaking in noisy environments. He dictated this article using a voice-activated computer program.
Assistive Products Discussed: MINI RELAX
Published by: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (Website:http://www.caot.ca)
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