AbleData Publications & Guides

Like many people, you may invest much of your time and resources weatherproofing your house and vehicles. Whether it’s waterproofing your roof, insulating your doors, tinting your windows, or purchasing snow tires for your car, you want to protect what’s yours against the harsher elements of Mother Nature. The same holds true for your body. You want to protect yourself against the rain, snow,...

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...

If you have a mobility disability—whether it’s mild or severe, or temporary or permanent—you may need assistive technology (AT) aids in order to drive. Myriad AT for vehicles, such as lifts and transfer seats, electric driving aids, and left foot gas pedals, may help you in driving from one place to the next. From automobile hand controls to the self-driving car, this guide provides you with a...

Communication comes in many shapes and sizes: a multi-paged report, a hastily scratched memo on a post-it, a whisper, a shout, a shrug of the shoulder, or a smile. But what if you cannot hear or have difficulty hearing? Does that mean you have to limit your method of communication to paper and pen? By no means! A diverse array of assistive technology (AT) products are available to help you...

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that over 12% of Americans aged 15 years and older have difficulty walking and that almost 5% use crutches or a cane or walker to assist them with walking (Brault, 2012). Further, among American seniors, over 16% use a cane and over 11% use walkers (Reidel, 2015). There are many assistive technology (AT) aids on the market today to assist you with walking. The...

According to the National Gardening Association, in 2014, gardening increased at the highest levels in more than a decade. Aside from being a popular hobby, gardening can have a positive impact on your health and wellness. If you find it difficult to garden because of a mobility limitation, there are many assistive technology (AT) products and solutions available to assist you.

The 2011 World Report On Disability indicated that approximately 95 million children worldwide had a disability (13 million of those with a severe disability) and that number would continue to rise. If you have a child with a disability, you may often face a challenge in finding devices that meet his or her unique cognitive and physical needs. When connected to other devices, your child can...

You might dismiss video gaming as a pointless pastime for kids, but contrary to what you might assume, the average age of gamers, or those who play video games, is 31 (Lofgren, 2015). According to comScore, Inc., more than 1.2 billion people play video games worldwide. According to an international online survey, 20.5% of gamers who play casual video games have a physical, mental, or...

You have likely heard of “wearables” before, as the term and its associated products have become increasingly popular in recent years. But believe it or not, wearables are a type of assistive technology (AT) that has been around for some time now. And, the future of wearables in improving the productivity and well-being of people of all ages and abilities is vast.

According to the World Health Organization, 450 million people worldwide are currently affected by mental health conditions, and one in four people ultimately will be in their lifetime. Companionship has been shown to help alleviate many types of mental health conditions and discourage health-damaging behaviors. However, finding companionship may be difficult, especially if you are managing a...

The AbleData Indexing Terms guide provides the classification system of AT products used on AbleData. Products in AbleData are categorized by this classification system. The guide updated on an annual basis.

What is the difference between durable medical equipment (DME) and assistive technology (AT)? Understanding this distinction can have a big impact on your wallet.

Do you ever get frustrated by features of your assistive technology (AT) device or product not working properly? Do you ever think, “I like my AT product, but I have ideas that would improve it?” If so, you might consider taking an active role in AT product prototype testing. This guide provides you information on how you can get involved in prototype testing.

A guide developed jointly by AbleData and the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) to provide workers with autoimmune diseases with information on accommodations and assistive technologies (AT) to assist them with performing various work tasks.

Estimates suggest that the total population of individuals who are deaf-blind to be somewhere between 40,000 to upwards of 70,000. There is much variety in functional ability among those identified as deaf-blind. For example, some individuals may have enough vision to be able to move about in their environment and even read large print. Others may have enough hearing to recognize familiar...

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have pursued better and better methods for finding our way in our world. From using the sun and the stars, to maps, to Global Positioning System (GPS) – a worldwide radio-navigation system using satellites and ground stations. Today, we have made profound advances that have forever changed the way we navigate in our physical world– or wayfinding as it is...

Assistive technology (AT) vendors – the “sellers” of your AT products – are an essential part of your AT support team. They may play an important role in the AT selection and purchase process. Read more:

Music is a force like no other. It has the power to soothe and relax; invigorate and inspire; comfort and heal. It is a poignant remedy for the soul and an expressive outlet for the heart. As American musician Billy Joel described, music is “an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by - no matter what culture we're from.” Through adapted musical instruments and...

We all love our assistive technology (AT) products that help us get around, work, play, learn –and, generally, enhance many aspects of our lives. But we all wish at times that some device feature was easier to use or didn’t break so often, or that the device could do more for us. Read more:

AbleData guide to provide you with insights into assistive technologies to help you with farming.

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