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Crohn's Disease: Common Assistive Technologies

This guide will provide resources on Crohn's disease.

What are assistive technologies?

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).

Technologies and Accommodations for Toileting/Grooming

Many individuals with Crohn's disease may experience toileting limitations. Needs may vary on the individual but may be related to needing to use the restroom urgently or frequently, needing more time to take care of personal needs in the restroom, and having difficulty accessing the restroom. The following list are accommodation and technology suggestions that may help, especially in the workspace. 

  • Accessible toilets and toilet seats 
  • Flexible schedule
  • Grab bars - Toilet hinged arm support  
  • Modified break schedule 
  • Swing away grab bars 
  • Working remotely 
  • Toileting aids 

Technologies for Decreased Stamina/Fatigue

There are also technologies to assist with the decreased stamina and fatigue these individuals may also experience. Some of these assistive technologies include the following: 

  • Anti-fatigue matting 
  • Modified workspace
  • Scooters
  • Stand-lean stools
  • Walkers 
  • Wheelchairs

Technologies for Managing Stress and Anxiety

Individuals suffering from Crohn's disease often 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 these higher levels of stress and anxiety include the following: 

  • Apps (such as Breathe2Relax, Headspace, and Stop, Breathe, Think)
  • Fitness trackers
  • Simulated skylights and windows 
  • Sound/noise machines
  • Sun boxes and lights

Mobile Applications

Employees with Crohn's Disease

Finding Assistive Technology