Thursday, 17 May 2012

Tutorial Eight: Assistive Technology.

Assistive or Adaptive Technology- commonly refers to "...products, devices or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that are used to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities...", according to the definition proposed in the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. (Rehab tool. 2012).  Assistive or adaptive technology is anything that can aid and help someone with a disability to improve their functional capabilities. Whether it be communicating, participating, learning and education.

One piece of assistive technology that was introduced to me within the tutorial was a ‘talking photo album.’ This piece of equipment was used for those with physical and cognitive impairments. It could record 100minuets of talking and had a removable SD card that could easily transfer the recordings to a PC. The ‘talking photo album’ had a built in speaker, used 3x AAA batteries and was an A5 size. There were 20 double sided pages and places for 5x7 sized photographs. You are able to record a separate voice message on each page. This device was used to document the day and everything in it that was to be kept memorable. This piece of assistive technology allows the user to remember things they might not be able to and share them with others; it also helps those with perhaps sight impairments and cognitive problems. It can be purchased from Jay car for $50 and allows a great way to interact and share their memories with others and remind themselves. 

 Rehab tool. (2012). What is assistive technology. Retreived from

Here are two links showing this piece of assistive technology. These links show the concept of disruption being stopped. “Occupational Disruption: A transient or temporary condition of being restricted from participation in necessary or meaningful occupations, such as that caused by illness, temporary relocation, or temporary unemployment.” (Person education. 2006). This piece of equipment allows the user to be a part of the occupations that are meaningful to them and share it with others. Without this piece of assistive technology occupational disruption could occur.

 Person education. (2006). Received from…

Youtube. (2012). Talking Photo Album Records Your Voice On Each Picture. Received from

Youtube. (2012). Talking Albums for Education by Talking Products. Reveiced from


  1. Hi Madison ,whats one way the photo album would assist people with physical and intellectual disabilites? You seem to have a really informative and indepth understanding of this technology.

  2. Well Jennifer. Thanks for following my blogs. One way it can assist the users that you mentioned is it allows those who are non verbal to commuinicate in a new way.