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Adaptive Devices

Adaptive Devices

Updated on:
August 23, 2022


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What is Adaptive Devices?

Adaptive devices are devices that assist individuals with disabilities. Assistive technology refers to a set of technologies and technical solutions used by individuals with disabilities to improve their access to communication, education, employment, and daily living. It aids an individual in perusing their everyday activities.

Some adaptive devices may be as simple as a cane, while others may be as complicated as a computer that can be controlled by speech or eye movements. Assistive technologies may include assistive listening systems, wheelchairs, electronic books, hearing aids, computer-assisted instruction, and a variety of communication devices, such as talking books, braille readers, and computers.

What is the difference between Adaptive devices and Assistive Devices?


Adaptive devices enhance a person’s independence and quality of life while assistive devices help a person accomplish a task.

Adaptive devices are used when someone is disabled and injured and cannot perform an action on their own. They are used to increase quality of life, independence, and safety. Some examples of adaptive devices include canes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, and prosthetics.

Assistive devices are assistive devices that help people perform a task. They can help people with limited mobility or those who simply require additional assistance. Assistive devices include canes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, and prosthetic devices.

There are many reasons why adaptive devices are necessary. One reason is that they help people with disabilities to live more independently. Another reason is that they can help people to participate in activities that they wouldn’t be able to do without the device. Adaptive devices can also help people to communicate more effectively.