Assistive technology is ‘any item, piece of equipment or product system whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized that is used to increase or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities’ (Law, 1976, p. 104). This to me means that assistive technologies are tools or services that help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by enabling them to do occupations that they would otherwise not be able to do.
A piece of assistive technology I would like to introduce is the BIGtrack Trackball. The BIGtrack Trackball is a giant 3 inch trackball mouse alternative for computer users enabling easy and accurate mouse movements. The BIGtrack is the largest trackball available. The large ball requires less fine motor control than a standard trackball and it is ruggedly built. The left and a right mouse click button located behind the trackball to avoid unwanted mouse clicks (Media, 2011). This would help people with disabilities in the way that they will now be able to complete their occupations they want to on the computer.
This is a You Tube clip that shows a man using this technology to help him with his computer technology that helps him communicate to his wife, family and friends.
Another website on the BIGtrack Trackball is the official website (linked below) and explains the BIGtrack Trackball in more detail and shows dealers that supply this technology.
By using the BIGtrack Trackball an individual can overcome occupational deprivation because they will be able to engage in the occupation on the computer that they want to and would not otherwise be able to do. Occupational deprivation is stated as being an external circumstance that influences and prevents someone from their occupation over an extended period of time (Townsend E.A. & Polaitajko, 2007).
Media, W. (2011). BIGtrack Trackball. Retrieved May 2, 2012, from Star Mobility Disability Centre: http://www.starmobility.co.nz/computer-1/mouse/bigtrack-track-ball.html
Townsend E.A. & Polaitajko, H. J. (2007). Enabling Occupation II: Advancing an occupational therapy for health, well-being, & justice through occupation. Ottawa: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.