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

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Recent Examples on the Web It’s used in simulations for med school students, for development in assistive devices like prosthetics, and dentists are even using 3D printing chairside. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: The 3D industry, retirees and students respond to the pandemic," 31 Mar. 2020 Airlines must also have accessible facilities, according to the law, including sufficient space for wheelchairs and other assistive devices. NBC News, "Marlee Matlin calls out Delta for lack of accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing," 26 Dec. 2019 Reddick depends heavily on unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) — clinic assistants at each school who support her role. Gina Rich, Good Housekeeping, "Why Are Our School Nurses Disappearing?," 24 Jan. 2020 For patients looking to strengthen atrophied muscles, Dr. CaRo can switch between assistive and resistive modes to accommodate patients looking to regain strength and dexterity in their limbs. Time, "The 25 Best Products of CES 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 More frequent audits, more compliance from local clerks, more supplies to help people with disabilities vote and updated assistive voting technology are a few of the suggestions from advocates. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Ideas Lab reports on how to solve problems in Wisconsin. Here are a few things we looked at in 2019.," 27 Dec. 2019 Screen readers are just one small slice of assistive technology, Baker added. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Accessibility, the future, and why Domino’s matters," 20 Oct. 2019 For example, people with disabilities may use assistive technology to access online material. Jessica Chiu,, "On YouTube, people with disabilities create content to show and normalize their experiences," 11 Oct. 2019 To make those websites work with assistive technology, though, someone has to ensure the code includes things like alt text, properly labeling each of the graphical elements on the page. Wired, "The Internet Is for Everyone, Right? Not With a Screen Reader," 24 Oct. 2019

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1771, in the meaning defined above

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“Assistive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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as·​sist·​ive | \ ə-ˈsis-tiv How to pronounce assistive (audio) \

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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