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Physical Disabilities

Physical impairment refers to a reduction in physical mobility or independence, which impacts on an individual’s ability to perform everyday activities, in any environment. Physical impairment can occur for a wide variety of reasons, but Assistive Technology can provide useful solutions to meet a wide range of user requirements including:

  • Providing alternative methods of accessing or using a particular item.
  • Providing an alternative method of doing a task or achieving a goal.

This section will provide a range of different AT solutions to assist people with a physical impairment to become more independent.


Related Case Studies
Name Age Occupation AT used Impairment Country
Sarah
21 Studying French and History, to become a teacher. Uses a Laptop computer with Digitouch and an adapted car Dysmelia (shortened arms)
Belgian
Roberta
Bobby
28 Applied for Performing Arts Course in Roslyn Park. Awaiting Word re: acceptance. A Power wheelchair, and a Lightwriter communication aid. Head Injury Irish
Jenny
Jenny
21 Journalist /Wheels Training Programme: NCVA Level 1 Computer,
Lightwriter,
Trackball
Dystonia Irish

Related Assistive Technology
Name Type
Accessibility Options in Windows
Windows Accessibility Options
Software
Alternative Keyboards
Alternative Keyboard
Hardware
Alternative Mice
Trackball
Hardware
Connecting Hardware/Ykey
Connecting Hardware
Hardware
Eye-Tracking Systems
Eye Tracker
Hardware
Head Controlled Pointers
Head Controller
Hardware
Joystick Mice
Joystick Mouse
Hardware
Lightwriter
Hardware
Mouse Emulation Software
Mouse Emulation
Software
Speech recognition software
Speech recognition software
Software
Switch Input Systems
Switches
Hardware
Touchpads
Touchpads
Hardware
Touchscreens
Touchscreen
Hardware
Trackball or Rollerball Mice
Trackball
Hardware
Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCAs)
Voice Output Communication Aid
Software/Hardware
Webcam head controlled pointer
Webcam head controlled pointer
Hardware
Word Prediction
Word Prediction
Software