What Is Assistive Technology?

People with cerebral palsy (CP), hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cognitive impairments, and various birth injuries may require assistive technology to complete daily tasks. According to the Assistive Technology Industry Association, Assistive Technology (AT) is any item or software that is used to  “increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities” (1). 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. 

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) (2). 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. Please note that this list is in no way exhaustive. 

Assistive Technology 2 Assistive technologies for eating and food prep:

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.

Legal help for cerebral palsy resulting from birth injuries

If your baby suffered any birth injuries and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy or another disability, please contact our attorneys at ABC Law Centers (Reiter & Walsh, P.C.). We have numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements that attest to our success, and we will fight to obtain the compensation you and your family deserve. We will evaluate your case to determine if your newborn suffered injuries due to the negligence of the physician or medical staff, and you never pay any money until we win your case.

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Related reading


  • What is AT? (n.d.). Retrieved December 31, 2019, from https://www.atia.org/at-resources/what-is-at/.
  • Adaptive Technology Versus Assistive Technology. (2015, November 10). Retrieved January 13, 2020, from http://www.assistivetech.com/adaptive-technology-versus-assistive-technology/.