|Description:||Seated in a wheelchair, the man depicted here was in the process of hailing an elevator from the first floor of one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) campus facilities. He was pressing the “Up” call button, and was looking at the lighted floor indicator above the doors, as he awaited the arrival of an elevator car.|
Assistive technologies (AT) are devices or equipment that can be used to help a person with a disability fully engage in life activities. AT’s can help enhance functional independence and make daily living tasks easier through the use of aids that help a person travel, communicate with others, learn, work, and participate in social and recreational activities. An example of an assistive technology can be anything from a low-tech device, such as a magnifying glass, to a high tech device, such as a special computer that talks and helps someone communicate. Other examples are wheelchairs, walkers, and scooters, which are mobility aids that can be used by persons with physical disabilities.