AT FOR INDEPENDENCE
When assistive technology is used in everyday life, it can open up new avenues of independence for a person with a disability.
- Environmental Control/ Smart home devices: Through the use of various different hardware and software a person would be able to have their home environment set up in a way that they can be in control. They could then be independent in everyday activities like being able to control their TV or music system, open and close doors & curtains, turn on and off lights, being able to surf the internet or send and receive calls or texts.
- Powered wheelchair control: Through the use of alternative powered wheelchair controls (e.g. switches, light-touch joysticks, sip and puff mechanisms) a person can independently get to where they want to go around their home and community.
- Control of communication devices: Having the ability to communicate with other people is as vital as breathing. In order to be able to use a voice output communication aid (VOCA) efficiently, a suitable way of accessing this device needs to be found. We assess what part of the body will give the most reliable access method to allow the person to get their message across as easily and quickly as possible.
We provide assessment and training in each of these areas, to help maximise an individual’s independence in their daily life.