|Description:||Viewed from the back seat, the woman pictured here, had just boarded her vehicle by way of an access ramp (see PHIL 13912), while seated in her wheelchair, and had maneuvered herself into the driver’s-side swivel seat. Due to her disability, the steering wheel was equipped with a hand control (see PHIL 13913), which she held in her right hand, enabling her to operate the accelerator and braking system using her hand rather than her feet.|
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.