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 The use of assistive technology like satellite photos on Google Earth can also help conserve resources. Yec, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Choi says his algorithm could have uses beyond prosthetics, including controlling assistive devices like wheelchairs and helping patients with ALS communicate. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 May 2022 Several assistive devices have been developed to help restore communication ability, including BCIs that rely on eye movement. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 Apr. 2022 Parks provides the kids with kisses and cuddles, and has also learned how to walk properly next to wheelchairs and other assistive devices. Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2022 Her lived experience as a CODA has greatly informed her affinity and sensitivity towards accessibility and assistive technology, particularly those which are targeted at the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Expanding access to assistive technology to support people in their goals of living more independently. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 8 June 2022 Indeed, the pandemic has only reemphasized the importance of accessibility and assistive technologies. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 19 May 2022 So far, four people with varied levels of paralysis have received Stentrodes and used them, some in combination with eye-tracking and other assistive technologies, to control personal computers while unsupervised at home. New York Times, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of assistive

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for assistive

assist entry 1 + -ive

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“Assistive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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 With some assistive devices, the visually impaired can do a variety of office jobs, using computers and telephones. — Eric Aasen, The Dallas Morning News 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


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