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Best Tips on Purchasing Assistive Technology

Best Tips on Purchasing Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is for people with disabilities, which assists them in their daily activities and makes them independent in their living. However, it could sometimes be a bit of a hindrance when it comes to buying the AT for you or your loved ones. For your convenience, we’ve covered some buying tips for assistive technology in this article.

Know what you want

If you know exactly what you need, you won’t end up wasting money on something that isn’t right for you. Ask yourself if you need a large button, a small button, or none at all. Do you need a screen reader, magnifier, voice recognition software, or a combination? Knowing your exact needs will save time and frustration while shopping for your assistive technology.

Ensure that your device meets accessibility requirements

The Australians with Disabilities Act (NDIS) requires that equipment purchased for use in public spaces and businesses must meet certain accessibility standards. Devices need to have audio outputs, tactile switches, braille displays, and large buttons. However, not all devices are created equal. Many manufacturers fail to provide essential features like Braille displays and large button sizes, making their products inaccessible to users who rely on these accessible technologies. If you’re buying a product online that doesn’t comply with these standards, contact the manufacturer to discuss how they can help make their product compliant.

Don’t buy the first option you find

While it may seem convenient to purchase the cheapest possible option, it could leave you feeling frustrated after receiving your device. Make sure to do some research on the best assistive technology for your budget before you make any purchases.

Consider purchasing assistive technology at different price points

Not all assistive technology goes hand in hand with higher prices. There are many great options available at affordable costs, including those manufactured by companies like Logitech and AccessoryWare. These products are often cheaper than similar models with larger, more expensive components or features.

Be cautious of scams

Many scammers out there will try to convince you that their product is the only option available for your needs. Before you buy anything, always verify its authenticity by contacting the manufacturer directly. If you and your loved ones can’t reach the company, don’t hesitate to report the scam to local law enforcement to ensure that no one else is affected.

We hope these tips will be helpful in finding suitable Assistive Technology for you and your loved ones. Yet, if your therapist or health practitioner has recommended specific equipment and there are costs involved with the apps, the participants may be funded by the NDIS, if they are associated with this program.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require additional information in detail. Bharosa is always delighted to serve you!

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