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Assistive Technology



Assistive Technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities and older adults.


The River Valley Regional Commission/Area Agency on Aging has a technology lab in our offices in Columbus and Americus.  Interested persons are invited to make an appointment to visit the lab to see the variety of technology available as well as to try it out.



What are some types of assistive devices & how are they used?


Some examples of Assistive Technologies are:

  • People with physical disabilities that affect movement can use mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, crutches, prosthetic devices, and orthotic devices, to enhance their mobility.
  • Hearing aids can improve hearing ability in persons with hearing problems.
  • Cognitive assistance, including computer or electrical assistive devices, can help people function following brain injury.


  • Computer software and hardware, such as voice recognition programs, screen readers, and screen enlargement applications, help people with mobility and sensory impairments use computer technology.


  • Closed captioning allows people with hearing impairments to enjoy movies and television programs.


  • Lightweight, high-performance wheelchairs have been designed for organized sports, such as basketball, tennis, and racing.


  • Many types of devices help people with disabilities perform such tasks as cooking, dressing, and grooming. Kitchen implements are available with large, cushioned grips to help people with weakness or arthritis in their hands. Medication dispensers with alarms can help people remember to take their medicine on time. People who use wheelchairs for mobility can use extendable reaching devices to reach items on shelves.


Assistive Technology Catalog


Click on the following links to view/download:




Medication and Health



Transfering Bathing and Dressing

Vision and Hearing


 **Please note that the list of Assistive Technology is updated frequently as new items to assist are introduced**

*Prices listed are based on price at the time the resource was found and may vary based on company, quantity, and size. *




Please call us at 1-800-615-4379 and speak to one of our

counselors who can assist you with information about how Assistive Technology can help you or a loved one be more independent.





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