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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
- Stand-lean stools
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
Provides resources in finding individual and group advice from others who are experiencing ID. The app also features the latest IBD news and research.
myColitis provides space to record bowel movements, medications, meals, moods, symptoms and tests. The app also provides multiple trackers, a diary, personalized statistics and charts.
My Crohns and Colitis Team
This app focuses on building a social network and online support group, with practical daily tips for management and treatments.
Oshi: IBD Tracker & Magazine
Helps individuals with IBD track how stress, diet, sleep, and exercise affects their symptoms. Recognizing that everyone experiences IBD differently, tracking helps individuals identify patters and triggers to avoid flare-ups.
Employees with Crohn's Disease
Accommodation and Compliance: Gastrointestinal Disorders
The Job Accommodation Center provides guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. This page lists resources for effective accommodations for individuals with Gastrointestinal Disorders, including Crohn’s disease.
Finding Assistive Technology
EduTopia: Assistive Technology
Discover websites, blog posts, articles, and videos related to understanding, selecting, and assessing assistive technology.