AT for Eating

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, one in nine people suffer from chronic undernourishment worldwide. If you have a disability that makes it difficult for you to nourish yourself with food using standard commercial products on the market, there are assistive technology (AT) devices that may help you.

AT Aids for Dressing

Putting on your clothes for that first date, job interview, or even to lounge around the house may be challenging if you are among the 7.5 million people age 18 and older who have difficulty dressing (or bathing). Fortunately, a wide variety of assistive technology (AT) products are available that may help you dress if you have limited upper and/or lower mobility. This guide provides you with a sampling of such products available on the market.

AT for Chefs Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

If you are blind or have low vision, a kitchen that is not outfitted with the assistive technology (AT) you need may be a daunting place for you. Entering a room filled with unidentifiable cans and jars, unfamiliar gadgets, and sharp and potentially dangerous tools could be an unnerving experience for anyone. But there is an extensive array of AT products that have been created and customized to accommodate your needs and help make the kitchen more accessible to you.

AT for Self-Grooming

Taking a shower and getting smartened up before having to rush out the door may set you into a nervous frenzy—especially if you do not have the right tools to help you get spruced up. If you have limited upper-body mobility, such as hand tremors, weakness in the arms, hands, neck, or shoulders, or the use of only one hand, there are numerous assistive technology (AT) products and even several mainstream tools that can help you maintain your personal hygiene safely and independently.

Caregivers Guide to AT for Alzheimer's Disease

AD is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells. It causes a loss in memory, thinking, and language skills as well as changes in behavior. According to the National Institute on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center, AD occurs in three stages. These include mild, moderate, and severe. Each stage is characterized by physical and behavioral symptoms that intensify from one stage to the next. So, as a caregiver, you are relied on more heavily as your care recipient (e.g., patient, family member, or friend) progresses through the stages.

AT For Swimming: Make a Splash

Some people consider swimming a rigorous form of exercise, while others see it as a leisurely pastime. Either way, it can be a therapeutic, relaxing, and beneficial activity. According to the World Health Organization, adults between 18–64 who engage in physical activities like swimming have lower rates of common diseases and depression, exhibit a higher level of cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, and are more likely to maintain their weight.

Working Out with AT

A common misconception that you may have is that participating in physical activity is not a possibility for you because of your disability. This is a myth that needs to be dispelled along with the belief that all exercise equipment is inaccessible. This is not the case at all! Assistive technology (AT) exercise equipment designed specifically for people with disabilities is available on the market.

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