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Assistive Technology and Mental Health - June 2016

  1. Assistive Technology and Mental Health BDF Share
  2. Technology and the relationship with Mental health
  3. Mental Health and disability • Mental health can be the primary or secondary disability for a person • Mental Health needs can be triggered by a variety of issues including financial issues • Mental Health needs can be directly or indirectly related to another disability
  4. Technology and Flexibility • Working within an environment where the triggers for anxiety are reduced • Agoraphobia • Panic Attacks • Technology can assist us to build confidence • Technology can augment and enhance human support
  5. Evernote and Note taking • Using storage and retrieval tools can be helpful • Reduces anxiety over maintaining records • Reduces physical clutter and sense of loss of control over the physical workspace
  6. Wayfinding and Locations • Reduces anxiety around changes of location • Can be used to share location with colleagues or sources of support
  7. Technology and Self Confidence • Iterative • Planning projects and tasks • Checking documents • Spelling • Grammar • Reduces anxiety over errors
  8. ClaroRead • Additional proofing tools • Allows anxiety over errors to be further checked • Allows materials to be represented in a secondary format seamlessly
  9. XMind • Mindmapping allows visual organisation of thoughts • Planning • Organising • Sequencing • Useful during periods of stress when maintaining a structure of work is a challenge
  10. Technology and Isolation • From Bullying to Support • Links to Self Help • Social Communication in the workplace • Coping with change • New technologies can trigger alarms and alerts as needed
  11. Technology – a Scaffold • Technology can create a framework of support around a persons mental health needs.