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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).
To reduce frustration and stress, people with bipolar disorder may benefit from tools that aid memory, like reminder apps and planners. When in a cycle of mania or depression, it may be difficult to focus and remember appointments and tasks.
Available for both Apple and Android, this app allows you to create lists, collaborate with others, and get reminders for your to-do list.
Create notes, which can be text, photos, webpage clippings, voice memos, and file attachments, set reminders, and organize your information.
Keeping a mood chart can help those with bipolar disorder track their symptoms and be more aware of their triggers and cycles. Use a paper and pen journal or utilize some of the following apps to keep a digital record.
This app allows you to track your moods freely and rate them from 1-5. Moods are displayed in a timeline, which makes it easy to visualize your mood cycles. Also available is the chance to connect and support others who use the app.
Moodlytics provides a more in-depth and guided mood tracking experience. You can track your mood, use tags and photos to add more detail, and see analytics of your moods and the various causes.
eMoods Moods Charting
eMoods is specifically geared towards bipolar disorder. It allows you to track your highs and lows, sleep, medications, and other symptoms related to bipolar disorder. You can email a report to your doctor or therapist at the end of every month so they can better identify your triggers and understand your mood cycles.
Employees with Bipolar Disorder
Finding Assistive Technology
AbleData is a database that contains unbiased information about assistive technology products. You can search by product name, maker, or by product category, such as blind/low vision or communication.