If you have a disability or injury, you may use a number of assistive devices. These are tools, products or types of equipment that help you perform tasks and activities. They may help you move around, see, communicate, eat, or get dressed. Some are high-tech tools, such as computers. Others are much simpler, like a "reacher" - a tool that helps you grab an object you can't reach.
- Assistive Devices for People with Hearing, Voice, Speech, or Language Disorders (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)
- Assistive Technology (Administration for Community Living)
- How Does Rehabilitative Technology Benefit People with Disabilities? (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Also in Spanish
- Rehabilitation Engineering: What is Rehabilitation Engineering? (National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering) Also in Spanish
- Rehabilitative and Assistive Technology: Overview (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
- Speech to Speech Relay Service (Federal Communications Commission)
- Stay Healthy on the Road (Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center)
- The WREX Orthosis: Assistive Device (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)
- Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions (Transportation Security Administration)
- What Are Some Types of Assistive Devices and How Are They Used? (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Also in Spanish
- What Are Some Types of Rehabilitative Technologies? (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Also in Spanish
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Increasing efficiency and well-being? a systematic review of the empirical claims...
- Article: Evaluation of repositioning care provided by non-professionals using a caregiver-assistive device:...
- Article: The influence of assistive technology and home modifications on falls in...
- Assistive Devices -- see more articles
- Home Healthcare Medical Devices: A Checklist (Food and Drug Administration)