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Ankylosing spondylitis

A form of progressive arthritis due to chronic inflammation of the joints in the spine

Ascites

Abnormal accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity

Assent

Agreement by a minor or other person not competent to give legally valid informed consent, that is, a child or cognitively impaired person to participate in the registry

Assistive Devices

If you have a disability or injury, you may use a number of assistive devices. These are tools, products or types of equipment that help you perform tasks and activities. They may help you move around, see, communicate, eat, or get dressed.

Assistive Technology

Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities

Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC)

Any device that facilitates communication for those with limited or absent speech; examples: communication boards; pictographs–symbols that look like the things they represent; ideographs–symbols representing ideas

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