The Technology Related Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 described an assistive technology device as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."
Assistive technologies can be "high tech" and "low tech:" from canes and lever doorknobs to voice recognition software and augmentative communication devices (speech generating devices).
There are many types of assistive technologies that can be used in either the workplace or the classroom that can help individuals who experience memory loss during or after a seizure. Since the extent, frequency, or intensity of memory loss will vary for each individual, it is important to consider which technologies would be most effective on an individual basis. Some common technologies to consider include the following:
Individuals with epilepsy may suffer from anxiety and high levels of stress, which can heavily impact their performance at work or in the classroom. Some helpful technologies for managing or reducing levels of stress and anxiety include the following:
In addition to the above assistive technologies, it is also important to consider the following key accommodations for employees with epilepsy: