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).
Service and Emotional Support Dogs
According to the National Center for PTSD's "Dogs and PTSD" webpage, there is not enough clinical research to know for sure if dogs can help those with PTSD. However, many people who suffer from PTSD find that service dogs and emotional support dogs can help alleviate their PTSD symptoms.
There are two types of dogs that can help with PTSD: