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Assistive Technology

  1. Martin G. Brodwin

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0084

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Brodwin, M. G. 2010. Assistive Technology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. California State University, Los Angeles

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

Abstract

As all areas of society continue to become more technologically advanced, individuals who have disabilities and chronic medical conditions are benefiting through the use of assistive technology and becoming more mainstreamed into American society. As they become more independent in all areas of life and are less reliant on public services, society benefits as well. Many of these persons have been able to find employment or return to work. Therefore, the income for individuals with disabilities increases, as does their purchasing power to buy goods and services. Assistive technology offers an effective and viable means to increase or restore functioning, enhance quality of life, and diminish barriers, physical as well as attitudinal.

Keywords:

  • assistive technology;
  • disability;
  • rehabilitation;
  • computer assistive technology