What Is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology describes any item, program, or system used to improve or maintain function for people with disabilities. People with cerebral palsy (CP), hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cognitive impairments, and various birth injuries may require assistive technology to complete daily tasks. The term covers a broad range of items, from low-tech tools like weighted pens, to more high-tech equipment such as mouth-controlled wheelchairs. 

“Adaptive technology” is a type of assistive technology. This term refers to items or software designed specifically for people with disabilities. People without disabilities would probably not have a reason to use adaptive technology. A braille printer would be a form of adaptive technology.

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Examples of Assistive Technology

The following are some examples of assistive and adaptive technologies that people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities may use in their day-to-day lives. These tools help with eating and dressing as well as communication and transportation. 

Assistive technologies in the kitchen for eating and food prep

Illustrated examples of assistive technologies in the kitchen, including universal cuffs, Swedish cutting boards, cups, and bowls.

Assistive technologies for bedrooms

Illustrated examples of assistive technologies in the bedroom, including sock aids, bed rails, shoe horns, and door knob extenders.

Assistive technologies for bathing and the bathroom

Illustrated examples of assistive technologies in the bathroom, including toilet rails, shower chairs, bath mats, scrub brushes, and walk-in tubs.

Assistive technologies for transportation

Illustrated examples of assistive technologies for transportation, including standing wheelchairs, gait trainers, wheelchair ramps, and car caddies.

Assistive technologies for communication

Illustrated examples of assistive technology for communication, including screen readers, typing aids, braille displays, and teletype phones.


How can I decide what types of assistive technologies I need?

In order to decide which technologies will be most helpful, you may need to consult with medical experts or other professionals. These can include family doctors, rehabilitation engineers, occupational therapists, special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, and more.


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