Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Assistive Technology

THE NETWELL CENTRE AND CASALA—ENHANCING LONGER LIVING IN SMARTER PLACES

Countries globally have been experiencing an unprecedented increase in the number of older adults. As a result there has been an elevated interest in understanding the factors that may support the maintenance of independent living and quality of life of older adults. Extending the opportunity for older people to age in a place of their choice is a major policy alternative to long term care, thereby enabling older people to stay active, productive and engaged in society and to enjoy a higher quality of life for longer...

BETTER NIGHTS, BETTER DAYS

Acoustic monitoring can provide a great opportunity to improve the quality of care for people with an intellectual disability. An acoustic monitoring system non-intrusively listens to sleeping residents and triggers an alarm when the sound level in a room exceeds individually set thresholds. Staff monitoring the system only listen into the room once an alarm has been triggered...

ALTERNATIVE AND AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION AND ASD

Not so long ago I was getting some help from my fourteen year old niece to download something onto my phone. As I struggled with the task she said, ‘Maybe it was easier when apple and blackberry were just fruits.’ I’m sure she heard these words from some wiser person, but at that moment I wouldn’t have minded if they had been just fruits again!...

Making My Home Work For Me Guidebook

The Assistive Technology Team, Daughters of Charity, Dublin (DOC AT Team) have put together a Guidebook for better access for people with intellectual disabilities. The guidebook was initially put together to help individuals who were moving from congregated settings into homes in their community. As it evolved, it became apparent that the guidebook would be useful to anyone in their existing home or when looking for a new home...

accessible services for everyone

The majority of people coming to use buildings or environments are visiting to use a particular service or engage in a specific activity, such as taking out a book or using computers in a library, exercising in a gym, participating in an arts event, paying for motor tax in a public building, attending court, attending school or playing in a park or playground...

LISTENING TO THE SILENCE: HOW ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP OR HINDER THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS

Assistive technology is a growing industry, with a wide range of tools being developed to help people with disabilities process and communicate spoken language. As this issue of Frontline demonstrates, there is much to be excited about in this wave of technological innovation...

UNDERSTANDING AND DEVELOPING THE EXPERIENCE OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY USE

‘Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.’ These words from Steve Jobs have echoed as my mantra to creating new ‘assistive technologies’ from research since the moment I picked up my first iPod in 2002 and wanted to understand why this technology and the iPhone and iPad that followed have been so groundbreaking, that globally they been adopted into mainstream life.

Story Time in Little Stars Crèche Featuring Jackie and Sophie

This is the story of how two young adults with a physical and intellectual disability undertook a new valued role in their local crèche. It involves Jackie and Sophie, the innovative staff from Siamsa, the use of appropriate Assistive Technology, hard work and a warm welcome from Sandra and the children of Little Stars, on the Navan Rd.

ENABLING ENVIRONMENTS: A STEPPING STONE TOWARDS INDEPENDENT LIVING

We are living in a world where technology is integral to our day living—from waking up to the clock-radio alarm, using a smart phone reminder to attend an appointment, the use of sensor lights to make our way safely from the car to the front door at night time...

TELE-REHABILITATION: Meeting the needs of persons with intellectual disabilities through the application of technology

Introduction COPE Foundation, which employs over 800 staff, provides a comprehensive range of services for 1600 children and adults with an intellectual disability through its system of early intervention, education, training, adult day services, supported employment, housing, information and advice, at over 60 locations throughout Cork city and county. The provision of a full range of services to clients at all...