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There are many different terms that are used when talking about assistive technology which can make it confusing to tell the difference between different services and supports. This guide provides an overview of some common terms and examples related to assistive technology.
John uses a stove sensor that sends a text alert to his phone when the stove has been turned on for longer than 30 consecutive minutes.
John uses a stove sensor that is monitored by a direct support professional who is offsite. The direct support professional calls John when the stove has been on for longer than 30 consecutive minutes and checks to see if he needs help.
TV (audio/video) Remote Control, Smartphone/Tablet Access, Landline Phone Control, Lamp/Fan/Light Remote Control, Attendant Call Access, Door Opener, Video Door bell.
Widened doorways, swing-clear and expandable offset door hinges, barrier-free (roll-in) showers, permanent ramps into and out of a home, outside railings, and porch lifts.
Lowered floor, ramp, wheelchair or scooter tie-downs and docking systems, swivel chairs, driver control devices, hand controls, and pedal adjusters.
Computers, smart phones, smart watches, and tablets.
Speakers, light bulbs, thermostats, plugs, TVs, home appliances, doorbells, door locks, security systems, health monitoring systems.
Keyboard filters/modifications, word prediction software, large print books, or wheelchair modifications such as specialized cushions, wheels, or attached screens and controls.
Changing the size of wheels on a wheelchair for different activities, changing the size of an individual’s prosthetic as they grow, or changing the default font size and color on devices for someone who is colorblind or has difficulty seeing.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.