Using the Power of Assistive Technology to
Live Safely, Securely & Independently
Smart-home assistive technologies are enabling veterans with disabilty to stay safe, secure and independent.
ATECH supports veterans and their loved ones in using these technologies in ways that are best suited to you and them.
Comprehensive Services Include:
- Assessments that determine the right technology for each unique situation
- Support through the ATECH Lending Library, allowing you to try out technology before purchasing
- Peace-of-Mind through remote, real-time monitoring and alerts to the caregivers
Journey to Independence
“Smart home” technologies are taking assistive technology to new levels. At the same time, these smart home technologies provide the information that loved ones and caregivers may need to remotely support and provide safety and security. The exact scaffolds and supports each person needs can be formulated to maximize independence, without providing too much or too little direct caregiving.
Veterans Living with Injury and Trauma
Thanks to advances in technology, training, equipment, and medicine, a greater number of servicemembers are surviving battlefield injuries.Greater survival rates for these brave veterans also equates to more retired service members returning home with injuries and disabilities that require long term physical and emotional support.
In addition to the 48,000 service personnel physically injured in recent conflicts, it’s estimated that over 400,000 individuals have incurred service-related emotional conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with another 320,000 believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury.
One of the first steps to successfully transitioning to life at home with a physical or emotional injury is to adapt the home to better meet the veterans’ needs.
Taking proactive steps toward making the veteran feel comfortable, capable and independent all help with reestablishing their place in their family and in the community.
Assistive and adaptive technology is a critical component for addressing the most common disabilities among military personnel, allowing these individuals to move to as independent a life as possible.
Individuals with vision impairments may find themselves entirely blind, they may have difficulty in identifing details, their vision may be blurred, they may be sensitive to glare or bright lights, or they may be unable to see properly at low light. Assistive and adaptive technology can provide the support needed for veterans to live independently with comfort and security.
- Flooring, threshold and carpeting modifications
- Hot water setting adjustments
- Installation of additional lighting or task lighting
- Bathroom safety devices
- Magnification software
- Optical character recognition (OCR) systems
- Portable magnifiers
- Computer font enlarging software
- Adaptive application software
- Dictation software
- Large-sied computer monitors
- Refreshable braille displays
- Screen-reading software
- Video magnifiers and closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs)
Tinnitus & Hearing Loss
Tinnitus is a condition marked by the presence of phantom noises when in reality, no external sound exists. The condition is caused by damage in the inner ear, which can occur from exposure to loud noises or percussive events, and is very common among returning service personnel and veterans. Simple changes in the home may provide significant relief.
- Visual warning/alert signalers for common appliances like telephones or doorbells
- Wide area door peepholes for maximum visibility
- Use of thin carpeting or linoleum floor
- Hearing aid-compatible landline or cell phones
- Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
- Audio or hearing loops
- Captioned telephones
- Communication access real-time translation (CART)