According to the World Health Organization, 450 million people worldwide are currently affected by mental health conditions, and one in four people ultimately will be in their lifetime. Companionship has been shown to help alleviate many types of mental health conditions and discourage health-damaging behaviors. However, finding companionship may be difficult, especially if you are managing a mental health condition. That’s one of the reasons why many researchers and manufacturers have been developing socially assistive robots (SARs) over the past decade.
What is the difference between durable medical equipment (DME) and assistive technology (AT)? Understanding this distinction can have a big impact on your wallet.
Do you ever get frustrated by features of your assistive technology (AT) device or product not working properly? Do you ever think, “I like my AT product, but I have ideas that would improve it?” If so, you might consider taking an active role in AT product prototype testing. This guide provides you information on how you can get involved in prototype testing.
A guide developed jointly by AbleData and the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) to provide workers with autoimmune diseases with information on accommodations and assistive technologies (AT) to assist them with performing various work tasks.
Estimates suggest that the total population of individuals who are deaf-blind to be somewhere between 40,000 to upwards of 70,000. There is much variety in functional ability among those identified as deaf-blind. For example, some individuals may have enough vision to be able to move about in their environment and even read large print. Others may have enough hearing to recognize familiar sounds, or understand speech.
Are you thinking about creating an Assistive Technology (AT) device? Consider familiarizing yourself with intellectual property rights and the patent process before developing your marketing plan. A patent is a legal protection that grants its holder “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling” the invention. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) determine which inventions become patented.
Since the dawn of civilization, humans have pursued better and better methods for finding our way in our world. From using the sun and the stars, to maps, to Global Positioning System (GPS) – a worldwide radio-navigation system using satellites and ground stations. Today, we have made profound advances that have forever changed the way we navigate in our physical world– or wayfinding as it is commonly known.
Assistive technology (AT) vendors – the “sellers” of your AT products – are an essential part of your AT support team. They may play an important role in the AT selection and purchase process. Read more:
Music is a force like no other. It has the power to soothe and relax; invigorate and inspire; comfort and heal. It is a poignant remedy for the soul and an expressive outlet for the heart. As American musician Billy Joel described, music is “an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by - no matter what culture we're from.” Through adapted musical instruments and other assistive technology (AT) devices, you can learn how to read and/or create your own music.