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Assistive Technology Definition and Taxonomy

Assistive and adaptive technologies can enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities, increase their independence and productivity, and help them gain greater social inclusion. However, the meaning of "Assistive Technology" often remains unclear and fuzzy to many healthcare professionals and disabled people who could benefit from it.

This article proposes a practical definition of Assistive Technology illustrated with concrete examples of products and services grouped into categories. View this article online at

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