Editorial views on current affairs related to health and disability technology topics in the news.
Assistive technologies (AT) are devices or equipment that can be used to help a person with a disability fully engage in life activities.
Assistive technology includes products and services to help people who have difficulty speaking, typing, writing, remembering, pointing, seeing, hearing, learning, walking, etc.
AT's can help enhance functional independence and make daily living tasks easier through the use of aids that help a person travel, communicate with others, learn, work, and participate in social and recreational activities.
Since the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990, many social barriers have been removed or reduced for people with disabilities.
There is still more work that needs to be done for people with disabilities to become more independent and involved in their world.
Further methods need to be put into practice to establish effective and, if necessary, novel ways of designing healthcare technology when end users are people with disabilities.
1 : The Black Market for Medical and Health Care Records : Thomas C. Weiss.
2 : Top Healthcare Technology Issues for 2015 : ECRI Institute.
3 : Social Constructions of Disability: Digital and Internet Technologies : Wendy Taormina-Weiss.
4 : Digital Inclusion of People with Disabilities - NCD Report : Wendy Taormina-Weiss.
5 : Best Buy Canada Releases Report on Technology in the Classroom : Best Buy Canada.
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