Importance of Assistive Technology (AT) concerning people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities
People with spinal cord injuries and other impairments too can live a quality life. Independent living has assisted in overcoming the barriers to a higher quality of life for disabled people who do not want to rely on others.
Any person suffering from any injury has the right to live an independent and fulfilling life. The patient may encounter many restrictions due to his/her medical condition.
Technology has an important role to play in human’s everyday life. It makes the task easier for normal persons but for the people with disabilities it makes possible. Tailor made Assistive Technologies provide opportunities to people with disabilities to lead a quality life in their environment.
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology is any device, piece of equipment, software, or other tool that is used by individuals with disabilities to perform activities that might otherwise be difficult or impossible because of their disability. AT provides an interface between the person and environment, enabling individuals to improve their functional abilities and become more independent, increase their potential to go to school, gain employment, and participates with family and community; and to generally exercise human rights.
AT is not just a product it is an approach which plays even more significant role in the life of someone with a severe disability. Assistive Devices designed to increase an individual’s level of function and independence can be instrumental in providing a person with disability the highest possible level of function.
How should I match my needs with AT?
Depending on your needs, our healthcare professional would advise you on the best assistive technology. If you believe that your injury prevents you from leading a free life, you should speak with our Assistive Technology Specialist right away to determine the best form of assistive technology for you to make your completely independent in your activities of daily living.
Establishment of Dept. of Assistive Technology at Indian Spinal Injuries Centre:
Department of Assistive Technology at Indian Spinal Injuries Centre was established in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, USA in 2006 with the aim to transfer the advance technology and service provision to India. The AT team is committed to provide specific comprehensive Assistive Technology services based on the requirements and goals to lead a good quality of life.
What are the AT services available at ISIC?