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  • Envisioning the capabilities of Manufacturing and Designing Assistive Technology By Sabrina Spillane
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  • Learning Outcomes What is Assistive Technology Assistive Technology Products & Services AT Manufacturer Market in Europe How AT works in Industry Now Irish Manufacturer of AT Categories of AT Disadvantages, Advantages of AT Getting the right product fits your needs
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  • Assistive Technology (AT) Assistive or Adaptive technology is technology used by individuals with disabilities or a person needing assistance in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Assistive Technology is any item, whether purchased off the shelf, or customized, which enhances an individuals independence. Assistive Technology Act of 1998
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  • Assistive Technology Products Assistive Technology products can enable people with disabilities to accomplish daily living tasks, assist them in communication, education, work or recreation activities, in essence, help them achieve greater independence and enhance their quality of life. Assistive Technology Act of 1998
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  • Assistive Technology Services Assistive Technology Services support people with disabilities or their caregivers to help them select, acquire, or use adaptive devices. Such services include functional evaluations, training on devices, product demonstration, and equipment purchasing or leasing. Assistive Technology Act of 1998
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  • AT Manufacturer Market in Europe 44.6 Million 1 in 6 persons aged between 16 and 64 report a long standing health problems or disability in Europe 16% of the overall working age Age 16 25 figure stands 7,3% Age 65 and over is estimated to increase from 17.1% to 30.0% Estimate rise in number from 84.6 Million (2008) 151.5 Million (2060)
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  • How AT works in Industry Now A particular need is identified i.e. hearing loss A specific essentially homemade solutions is developed in response The solution has a certain appeal to others looking for similar functionality (through end- user support groups, education and training centres) A company is born based on solving a need, and not necessarily on the profitability parameters of the business model.
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  • Irish Manufacturer of AT Jackson Technology 24 Kiltipper Avenue, Aylesbury, Dublin Diskovery l8 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin textHELP Systems (previously Lorien Systems) textHELP! Systems Ltd. Enkalon Business Centre, 25 Randalstown Road, Antrim Co. Antrim BT41 4LJ N. Ireland Scientific Computer Systems Unit l Longmile Business Centre Longmile Road Dublin 12 Award Systems 38 Pine Valley Park Grange Road Dublin 16
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  • Categories of AT Communication Aids Computer Access Aids Daily Living Aids Education and Learning Aids Environmental Aids Vision and Reading Aids Hearing and Listening Aids Ergonomic Equipment Mobility and Transportation Aids Prosthetics and Orthotics Recreation and Leisure Aids Seating and Positioning Aids
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  • Issues with AT AT products are expensive Common theme - The product I want is unavailable AT products are hard to find Difficult to find the right fit for my needs It is expensive for trial and error End Users have a limited number of solutions Manufactures dont want to change the production line too expensive, no market
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  • Advantages of AT Large number of AT Products are available in Market some examples Communication Aid Available Visual and Reading Aids Available Hearing & Listening Aids Available Mobility & Transportation Aids Available Trail and Error to find the right product fit for your needs can reduce expense and time when using Electronic Assistive Technology Library
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  • Communication Aids Available Large Button Telephone with digital answer machine Ring Flash Amp Memo Minder Voice Dialer Step Pad
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  • Vision and Reading Aids Available Desktop Top or Screen Magnifier Flip Automatic Page Turner Reading Pen Text Reading Software Over bed Table Lifestyle Large Game Cards
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  • Hearing and Listening Aids Available Telephone Amplifier Flashing Door Bell Under Pillow Vibrating Travel Alarm Clock Voice Output Alarm Clock Voice Output Watch Liquid Level Indicator Voice Output Thermometer Voice Output Microwave
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  • Seating/Positioning/Mobility and Transportation Aids Available Wheelchairs Electric Powered Wheelchairs Powered Scooter Electronic Ramps Accessible Vehicles
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  • The Right Fit for you Loan Library - Electronic Assistive Technology Library (EATL) www.try-it.ie Originally funded under The Enhancing Disability Services Project (EDS) Multi-Annual Investment Programme for Disability by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, and managed by POBAL Established in 2007 Why - U.S. statistics indicate that up to 75% of AT is abandoned
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  • Partners of Electronic Assistive Technology Library The Health Services Executive The National Rehabilitation Hospital Enable Ireland National Assistive Technology Training Service The National Council for the Blind of Ireland
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  • How it Works Step by Step 1.Log in using your username & password (see right hand column). 2.Browse the catalogue (you can search by category or type in the device name). 3.Find required item. 4.Add required item to your basket by clicking 'Add to Basket (you must be logged in to perform this function). 5.Repeat 1-3 as required. 6.Click View Basket to complete your loan request. 7.You will receive an email once your loan has been dispatched. The loan period is 4 weeks.
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  • Location of Products on Market Assist Ireland. On-line database of AT products www.assistireland.ie www.assistireland.ie Abledata. Searchable database of AT and rehabilitation products www.abledata.com www.abledata.com Andrews Award Systems www.awardsys.net Irish suppliers for REM early learning software who supply special needs software www.awardsys.net Ash Technology www.ashtech.ie Ash Technology specializes in supplying assistive technology solutions for the visually impaired www.ashtech.ie
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  • http://www.edutopia.org/assistive-technology-lukas-bratcher Video
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  • What % of the working age has disability? 10% 16% 20% Name three categories of AT? ______________________
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  • POP QUIZ What does EATL stand for? Enhanced Address Recognition Logic Electronic Automatic Robotic Lighthouse Electronic Assistive Technology Library When was EATL established? 2006 2007 2008
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  • Thank You