as·​sis·​tive | \ ə-ˈsi-stiv How to pronounce assistive (audio) \

Definition of assistive

: providing aid or assistance specifically : designed or intended to assist disabled persons assistive technology

Examples of assistive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An extension of their HollyRod Foundation, RJ’s Place provides resources to families affected by an autism diagnosis, including assistive technology to autism centers and children’s hospitals. Rachaell Davis, Essence, "Holly Robinson Peete Talks Breaking Autism Stigmas In Black Communities & The Importance Of Inclusive Travel," 21 Apr. 2021 Stern’s partner, Danielle Montour, is an assistive technology specialist and amateur baker who graduated from the Colorado Center for the Blind’s Independence Training Program. Los Angeles Times, "Chefs and cooks in the disability community share recipes for accessibility," 9 Apr. 2021 The most obvious might be as an assistive technology for individuals who have lost use of body parts such as hands, arms or legs, or have a health condition. Bijan Khosravi, Forbes, "Facebook Is Betting On Brain-Control Technology. Will It Pay Off?," 4 Apr. 2021 Another recent option has been assistive standing devices such as Hocoma’s Lokomat, which places a patient in an exoskeleton suspended by cables over a treadmill. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "Robot Exoskeletons March in to Link Mind and Body," 13 Oct. 2016 VoiceOver and other accessibility features—Mono Audio, Zoom, and White-on-Black contrast—marked the first time the iPhone shipped with assistive technologies for disabled users. Steven Aquino, Forbes, "Google Announces Redesigned TalkBack Screen Reader For Android," 25 Feb. 2021 The company participated in a three-year competition backed by the Toyota Mobility Foundation and global innovation foundation Nesta Challenges to enhance assistive technologies. Washington Post, "Start-ups seek to breathe new life into stagnant wheelchair industry," 19 Feb. 2021 Those who use assistive technology, such as screen readers, also may be impeded from fully accessing conference materials; PowerPoint slides presented in videos or on Web conferencing software can’t be seen by these devices. Krystal Vasquez, Scientific American, "Virtual Conferences Aren't as Accessible as You Might Think," 18 Feb. 2021 Inanici says one person regained enough dexterity to drive without an assistive device. Max G. Levy, Wired, "A New Way to Restore Hand Mobility—With an Electrified Patch," 29 Jan. 2021

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1771, in the meaning defined above

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“Assistive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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Medical Definition of assistive

: providing aid or assistance specifically : designed or intended to assist a disabled person in performing an activity, task, or function especially in an independent manner assistive technology Assistive devices help with the performance of daily activities. Most familiar are canes, crutches, and walkers. Other examples of simple assistive devices are raised toilet seats and firm pillows placed under the seats of chairs to help people with hip or knee arthritis to rise from a sitting position. — Simeon Margolis, The Johns Hopkins White Pages, 1995 With some assistive devices, the visually impaired can do a variety of office jobs, using computers and telephones. — Eric Aasen, The Dallas Morning News, 2 Feb. 2011 Assistive technology (AT) by its very nature consists of a variety of personal and customized tools for multiple learning styles and physical challenges. — Kelly Ahrens, Learning & Leading with Technology, November 2011

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