|Description:||The man pictured here had parked his automobile in a handicapped spot, then had assembled his collapsible wheelchair, and maneuvered his body into the wheelchair’s seat. Note that in PHIL 13919, this car was equipped with a steering wheel-located manual braking and acceleration knob. See PHIL 13919 through 13931 to see how this process played out, ending with the complete assemblage of the chair, and this man maneuvering himself comfortably into its seat. Also important, is the designated “No Parking”, yellow-striped area adjacent to the parked car, allowing visitors like this man, to maneuver unencumbered into, and out of their vehicle.
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.