as·​sis·​tive | \ ə-ˈsis-tiv 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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The toelessness is the ugliest feature of the socks (which have no attractive features) and the most likely to give them away as an assistive garment. Andrea Denhoed, The New Yorker, "A Word of Thanks for My Compression Socks," 2 July 2019 Way forward Even as ATA focuses on accelerating startups working with assistive technology for disabled, challenges remain. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Meet the mentor of startups working with differently-abled people," 10 June 2019 Depending on the underlying cause of the hearing problem, treatment may include surgery, a cochlear implant, hearing aids, assistive listening devices or a combination of those therapies. Colin Driscoll,, "Correcting hearing loss can help keep older adults engaged in life," 5 June 2019 The global, olympic-style competition was the brainchild of Robert Riener, a professor from ETH Zurich, who wanted to push the limits of assistive technology and spread awareness. Kayle Hope, Quartz, "The Cybathlon pushes the limits of bionic technology," 30 May 2019 Last December during her rehab, Wadhwa used a treadmill equipped with assistive devices that simulate lower gravity, easing the burden on her bones. Quanta Magazine, "The Woman Who Gets Called When a Piece of Mars Falls From the Sky," 18 Dec. 2018 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

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1771, in the meaning defined above

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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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