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Definition of assistive

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

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Lee and Kristin Zhao, who directs Mayo’s assistive and restorative laboratory, decided to repeat the experiment — and Chinnock’s success surprised them. Lauran Neergaard, The Seattle Times, "Implant, intense rehab help 3 paralyzed for years take steps," 24 Sep. 2018 The company prefers to describe its glasses as more of an assistive device for those, like Veronin, who are mild-to-moderate anomalous trichromats: the glasses should help them better discriminate colors in the red/green dimension. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Spanish scientists: EnChroma glasses won’t fix your color blindness," 6 Nov. 2018 Each denial of assistive devices early in a child's life can lead to delays and deficits that may take years to overcome—if they can be overcome at all. Kate Horowitz, Popular Mechanics, "Why Power Wheels Are the Perfect Physical Therapy Tool for Kids," 9 Aug. 2016 There are solutions at hand, according to Molinsky, such as increasing subsidies and the number of low-income units, as well as supporting programs to modify homes with assistive devices to make aging in place easier. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Senior housing: Older Americans face affordability, accessibility challenges," 14 Nov. 2018 Lee and Kristin Zhao, who directs Mayo's assistive and restorative laboratory, decided to repeat the experiment — and Chinnock's success surprised them. Fox News, "Paralyzed patients take first steps after implant, intense rehab," 25 Sep. 2018 With their new gear, the leafy sea dragons joined the growing ranks of animals fitted with some sort of prosthetic (though their rings are more assistive devices than ones meant to replace a body part). Karin Brulliard, The Seattle Times, "To save fish that can’t swim, veterinarian made them tiny floaties," 4 Sep. 2018 The new Insight has multi-element LED headlights, push-button start, a digital driver's meter and the Honda advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. David Pan, USA TODAY, "2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Goes on Sale," 1 July 2018 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

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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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