Cook and Hussy (1995) define assistive technology as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized that is used to increase or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities" (Cook & Hussy, 1995, p.5).
My understanding of this definition is that assistive technology is anything that enables and enhances a person’s ability to perform necessary and meaningful occupations.
I will now introduce a piece of equipment I learnt about in the assistive technology presentation.
During this presentation id found the switch controls very interesting because of the verity of applications you could use them for. The AbleNet Switch Latch & Timer- Dual was one of these controls and it is priced at $270.00 NZ. This controller can be used with any pre adapted toy or appliance and allows the user to have three different modes of control over the toy or appliance. It also has the ability to control two toys or appliances separately.
This device was introduced to us with the example of being used with children who have limited strength, ROM and mobility. With the use of this device they are able to play with electric toys or remote controlled toys like anyone else is able to, with a switch of a button. Because this device has the capacity to have any type of assistive switch attached to it, it means that most people’s capabilities can be allowed for.
Her is a you tube clip a women explaining the use of a control switch.
here is another you tube clip that shows the switch contol beinging used as well as giving a GREAT example of they type of person that would use/need this device.
Cook, A., & Hussey, S. (1995). Assitive Technologies (pp. 4-44). Missouri, AL: Mosby.