Assistive technology

Assistive Technology is a catch-all term for where modern technology is adapted to take into account the needs of people with disabilities.

It can be as simple as making light switches larger so they are easier for people with limited mobility to press, through to full scale computer modifications to bring the freedom of communication to those who otherwise would struggle.

AT, as it is often abbreviated is not a single product, but an entire way of thinking about how to give people the right to choose how they live their lives and the freedom to do so without relying on others to carry out otherwise simple tasks.

Choosing when to turn a bedside lamp on and off is something that most of us barely give a second thought to, but the light switches are often too small and fiddly for people with mobility difficulties to use.

Assistive Technology means we adapt the light switch to make it easier to use. We give people the freedom to choose.

It may not seem much to some, but a remote control for a television that’s been adapted with special buttons gives people the freedom to choose what they watch on TV without feeling the need to ask a carer to change the channel for them.

Being able to assist in the kitchen by safely modifying kitchen equipment can bring a family closer together, or in care homes let residents fully participate in daily life.

For people with more serious mobility disabilities, products such as Eye Gaze can let them use a computer screen using just their eye movements to gain control over their living environment.

Everything from controlling whether a curtain is can be closed when the sun is in a person’s face, through to being able to open doors without asking for support – Norwood’s use of Assistive Technology aims to give people the freedom to live their lives as they choose.

Similarly, GPS devices and simplified phones, for example, support people to enjoy greater independence by giving them the ability to travel independently and call family, friends or support staff.

Norwood makes use of Assistive Technology throughout its residential and supported living services.

AT gives people the ability to make choices by enabling them to perform tasks they could not do otherwise.

If you want to learn more about how Assistive Technology can help enable your life, or the lives of people you care for, contact us on 020 8809 8809.