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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).
Due to obsessions and compulsions, people who have obsessive compulsive disorder may have trouble concentrating. In classrooms and meetings, this may cause those with OCD to not follow what is being said or not be able to take accurate notes. A recording device can allow a person with OCD to go over recorded moments with less pressure and more control.
Many smartphones have recording capabilities, but often the sound recordings are not high quality. Other options include:
Designed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, this app is a portable stress management tool. Breathe2Relax helps you calm the "fight or flight" response anxiety disorders cause by utilizing diaphragmatic breathing exercises.
GG OCD aims to improve symptoms of OCD, specifically negative thinking, by increasing the user’s awareness of negative thoughts and training the brain to challenge them.
The Headspace application can help reduce anxiety and stress and improve well-being by guiding users through meditation sessions.
Live OCD Free
This app is based on cognitive behavioral therapy exercises for OCD. It has specific sections for children, which is more game-like and entertaining, and adults.
Employees with Anxiety Disorders
Accommodation Ideas for Anxiety Disorders
The Job Accommodation Center provides guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. This page lists resources for effective accommodations for anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive 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.