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Schizophrenia: Common Assistive Technologies

This guide provides resources on schizophrenia and other related psychotic disorders..

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

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:

Mobile Applications

Employees with Psychotic Disorders

Finding Assistive Technology