as·sis·tive | \ə-ˈsis-tiv \

Definition of assistive 

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

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But when a game system simply doesn't work for a patient—especially one with specific mobility needs—its healing power diminishes, Craig Hospital assistive tech specialist Erin Muston-Firsch tells Ars. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "In the lab with Xbox’s new Adaptive Controller, which may change gaming forever," 17 May 2018 The program run by Intel that allowed Hawking to select characters and words is called ACAT or assistive context-aware toolkit. Nina Godlewski, Newsweek, "How Did Stephen Hawking's Speech and Communication Tools Work?," 14 Mar. 2018 Ford-Lanza, who has 15 years of experience as an occupational therapist and assistive technology specialist, owns Adapt and Learn, LLC and routinely works with school systems on these kinds of matters. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Pine Grove School Receives Grant For Sensory Toolboxes," 2 July 2018 Landis has since become an engineer at the Human Engineering Research Lab at the university and is helping to design assistive technology for those who are physically disabled. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Army Vet and Father of 3 Children with Autism Builds Technology to Help the Physically Disabled," 15 June 2018 Photo: Yamaguchi Haruyoshi/Corbis/Getty Images Most of today’s socially assistive technology also is designed to be cuddly and cute, defying the stiff and scary stereotype associated with robots in the past. Imani Moise, WSJ, "For the Elderly Who Are Lonely, Robots Offer Companionship," 28 May 2018 Beginning this fall, schools supporting students with vision, hearing, or other assistive needs will start teaching the Everyone Can Code curricula for Swift, Apple’s intuitive programming language. People Staff,, "Why America's Next Top Model's Nyle DiMarco and Apple CEO Tim Cook Met with Deaf Students," 17 May 2018 To Microsoft’s credit, the company has invested heavily in making Windows accessible, with everything from audible Narrator cues, dictation, eye tracking, and more serving as assistive technologies. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's mixed reality isn't dead, it's just moving to where businesses will pay for it," 7 May 2018 Home assistance devices Home assistive technology takes many forms and helps seniors remain independent and in their homes while keeping them safe. Scott Nordlund,, "The best techno gadgets for seniors and their families," 24 Apr. 2018

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as·sist·ive | \ə-ˈsis-tiv \

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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