Assistive technology means “any equipment purchased …off the shelf or custom made, that is used to improve function in persons with disabilities” (Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988). Simple technology can be used to assist with skills (e.g. modified eating utensils). Complex technology can substitute or replace abilities that do not exist (e.g. power chairs for walking or electronic speech aids for talking). Learning to use the equipment may include education from a therapist or teacher, depending on the technology. Assistive Technology may help children move more easily, control their environment, perform activities of daily living with more independence or communicate successfully.
Assistive Devices for Communication
Some children may use sign language, some use picture books and some will use computerized software programs to communicate and learn. The computer is probably the most dramatic example of a communication device that can make a big difference in the lives of children with cerebral palsy. If a child has a computer and a voice synthesizer, a child can communicate successfully with others. Communication for a child with cerebral palsy is essential.
Assistive Technology Options for Motor Function, Positioning, and Activities of Daily Living
Additional Support Services
Where are Services Provided?
Is it cerebral palsy or something else?
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Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
Metachromatic Leukodystrophy Foundation
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease Foundation