Assistive Technology Specialty Comprehensive Assessments

Assistive Technology Specialty Comprehensive Assessments

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Assistive technology (AT) involves the process of selecting and using assistive and adaptive technology devices to improve a person’s quality of life by allowing him or her to access the environment.

Overview of an AT evaluation

An AT evaluation is a comprehensive assessment based on patient needs that may include evaluations with an occupational therapist, physical therapist and/ or a speech language pathologist. The assessment will explore all of a patient’s functional limitations in order to identify any assistive technology strategies that may improve independence.

Persons with the following diagnoses could benefit from an AT evaluation:

• ALS

• Autism

• Burns

• Cerebral Palsy

• CVA

• Muscular Dystrophy

• Multiple Sclerosis

• Parkinson’s

• Rheumatoid Arthritis

• Spinal Cord Injuries

• Traumatic Brain Injury

AT can address multiple barriers, including:

• Decreased cognition/memory

• Decreased community access

• Decreased fi ne motor control

• Decreased hand strength

• Decreased hearing

• Decreased range of motion

• Decreased vision

AT can be used to help people access their:

• Air conditioner/heat

• Books

• Cell phone

• Communication devices

• Computers

• Door locks

• Fans

• iPad or personal tablet

• Lights

• MP3 player (iPod)

• Personal care attendant pager systems

• Powered mobility

• Security systems

• Television

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