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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).
Recording devices can be useful for people with schizophrenia in situations such as classes or work. Some people with schizophrenia may have a hard time with focus and memory. A recording device can allow a person with schizophrenia 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:
AIR is an mobile application produced by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. It is free and available for iOS and Android. Users can share their stories and find support with buttons like "Hug," "Me Too," and "Like." It also provides information on how to get help and on mental illnesses.
Pill Reminder and Medication Tracker by Medisafe
Pill Reminder and Medication Tracker by Medisafe is a mobile app that can help users keep track of their medications with timed reminders.
Employees with Psychotic Disorders
Accommodation Ideas for Mental Health Impairments
The Job Accommodation Center provides guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. This page lists resources for effective accommodations for employees with mental health problems.
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.