Assistive Devices To Help You Stay “On The Go”

When you’re “on the go,” running between appointments and errands, it’s imperative for you to have assistive devices in your vehicle or with you to make these tasks easier. The simple task of running into the grocery store for a couple of things could seem insurmountable task without assistive walking devices like canes or wheelchairs or computer devices such as smartphones and other text-to-speech apps.

More than 6.8 million residents in the United States use assistive devices. The increase in the use of assistive devices from 1990-1994 not only reflects an aging population but also better survival rates of trauma patients and improvements in the functions and images of the mobility devices.

Whether you drive or need a wheelchair accessible vehicle or rely on the use of hand controls or foot controls to get you to and from your daily trips, the technology for assistive devices continues to evolve and the number of the devices are on the rise. An Adaptive Driving Access Mobility Specialist looks forward to working with you to outfit your vehicle with the best mobility controls so you can hit the road or run your day-to-day errands.

Check out a few of the different assistive devices for use “on the go” or in the car:

Foot and Hand Controls:

The advances in technology for foot and hand controls give you back the independence to drive. Foot and hand controls allow for you to control the braking and acceleration of your vehicle, while power assist devices will help make steering easier.

Joystick/Knobs:

 If you have extremely limited hand function, you can also have a joystick installed in your vehicle, which makes it easier to control. If you have had a stroke, a spinner knob might be attached to the steering wheel for one-handed steering. A left gas pedal may be adapted if the right foot can’t operate the gas.

Smartphone Technology:

Every day, smartphone technology advances work as an assistive device to help you shop at the grocery store, mall or your favorite shopping spot. Apps like Siri and SayText and products such as Amazon’s Alexa and Echo allow for you to speak directly to the program, ask questions and receive the answer aloud. Another program, Finger Reader, is a wearable tool that can help the visually impaired read printed text in a book or on an electronic device, and also function as a language translation tool. A user can wear this device on a finger, then point it in a body of text, one line at a time.

Hit The Road:

Now that your vehicle is outfitted with all of the controls and assistive devices you need, use an app like axs map, a crowdsourced map that carries information about wheelchair-accessible ramps and restrooms in public places such as restaurants, hotels, shopping malls and much more. The map also carries information about how well designed these facilities are with the help of star ratings which will help you plan your adventure out on the town.

Adaptive Driving Access looks forward to working with you to meet your needs. Contact us today.

Posted on February 6, 2017 by Katie Larson