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Assistive Technology for Autism

What is AT? 

According to the United States Assistive Technology Act of 1998, assistive technology (AT) refers to any "product, device, or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."

Common AT includes screen magnifiers, large-key keyboards, alternative input devices such as touch screen displays, over-sized trackballs and joysticks, speech recognition programs, text readers, and so much more.

Assistive Technology is used by many people. Some need AT to help them get out of bed, while others use AT to help them eat. But for a person with Autism, AT can mean the difference between being able to communicate your thoughts and feelings or having them trapped inside your mind. There are many types of AT used by a person with autism. There is AT to help a person with reading and writing. AT can also help with communication, learning, and access to your world as well as behavior support and daily living activities.

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7 Types of Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the function of individuals with disabilities.

Infographic listing 7 types of Assistive Technology. Text below.

  1. Access and Environmental - Devices that allow increased control of the environment. These are devices such as switches, ramps, remote controls, automatic door openers, and braille signs.

  2. Aids to Daily Living - Special tools that help with daily activities like brushing teeth, dressing, or eating. These tools include adapted utensils and dishes, non-skid surfaces, and specially designed equipment.

  3. Assistive Listening - Supports those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Includes hearing aids, amplifiers, captions, and TTY.

  4. Augmentative/ Alternative Communication - Allows those who cannot speak or whose speech isn't easily understood, to communicate. Includes Picture boards, voice output devices, computers and software...

10 Things that People Living with a Disability Want You to Know

There are many misconceptions about disabilities. Most of the time it is simply due to a lack of information. This can be because the voice of people living with a disability just isn't heard loudly or clearly enough. Also, those who don’t consider themselves as having a disability are so unaware of what it is like living with one. I have compiled this list of 10 Things that People Living with a Disability Want You to Know.

 

  1. Not all disabilities are obvious. We typically associate disability with a wheelchair, sight cane, or other obvious mobility device, but many disabilities are invisible to the public. It is estimated that around 10% of the people in the US have a condition that is considered an invisible disability. Invisible disabilities can include chronic illnesses such as Brain injuries, renal failure, and sleep disorders if those diseases significantly impair normal activities of daily living. These types of disabilities typically include conditions such as Chronic Pain, Fatigue, and Dizziness, as well as Mental Illness.
  2. It isn’t about being more or less able, it’s just different. Many people with a disability have various talents that others do not....
AAC Disaster Relief

AAC Disaster Relief Information Sheet

( https://aacdisasterrelief.recovers.org)

 

People with significant disabilities who are unable to speak are among the hardest hit

by disasters like Hurricanes Irma and Maria. They may get separated from their

caregivers, lose access to their speech generating devices and their low-tech tools,

get their batteries destroyed, and/or get relocated to places where helpers are

clueless about communicating with them. The disruption in daily routines brings added

stress that may trigger problem behavior or meltdowns.
 

Fortunately, a national organization devoted to the support of such people has

stepped up with a unique approach to connecting these people with resources and

experts who can provide immediate help and support.
 

Recovers.org is a web portal that enables people in need during disasters to make

specific requests for support, lets people who want to help describe the skills they can...

Employees with disabilities: 5 Myths and Facts

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

The theme for 2017 is "Inclusion Drives Innovation."

Many Companies have already seen the benefit of hiring people with disabilities. This inclusion inspires innovation. 
 

AT&T is company where everyone’s differences are authentically embraced, valued and vital to our business inside and out. People with disabilities are no exception. I’ve seen this personally, because it’s part of my charge. Whether it is by ensuring an accessible environment so employees can win at work or offering the accessibility products and services to our customers, accessibility is our commitment to connect people to the world around them. In addition to our Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), our longstanding relationship with Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities helps us find and hire college graduates with disabilities. Finally, our Employee Resource Group IDEAL (Individuals with Disabilities Enabling Advocacy Link) is 4,300 members strong and...