What Is Assistive Technology?

People with cerebral palsy can benefit from assistive technology. According to the Assistive Technology Industry Association, Assistive Technology (AT) is “any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.” The term covers an extremely broad range of items, from low-tech things like weighted pens to more high-tech equipment such as mouth-controlled wheelchairs. Home/vehicle modifications often fit under the umbrella of assistive technology, too.

You may have also heard the term “adaptive technology.” This refers to assistive technology designed specifically for people with disabilities (things people without disabilities would probably not have a reason to use). For example, a braille printer would be a form of adaptive technology.


The following are some examples of assistive/adaptive technologies that people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities may use in their day-to-day lives:

Assistive Technologies for Eating and Food Prep:

  • Bowls and Plates that suction to the table and are shaped to help people with muscular limitations eat.
  • Cups that help to minimize spills.
  • Curved Utensils designed for people with limited dexterity.
  • Universal Cuffs to hold various types of utensils.
  • Swedish Cutting Boards to help those with limited hand function to hold and cut foods safely.
  • Ergonomic Bottle and Jar Openers to help those with limited hand function open food containers.
  • Glass Washer Brushes to wash with the use of only one hand.
  • Pan Holders to assist with single-handed cooking.

Assistive Technologies for Bedrooms:

Assistive Technologies for Bathing and the Bathroom:

Assistive Technologies for Transportation:

Assistive Technologies for Communications:


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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