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Assistive Technology and Cerebral Palsy

Assistive technology for cerebral palsy is a group of devices that can be used to give cerebral palsy sufferers more independence, range of movement, and even employment opportunities.  Various forms of the technology can aid such thing as:  speech loss, lack of motor function, balance, speech, and many other problems cerebral palsy sufferers face daily. 

Cerebral palsy, a group of disorders usually affecting motor function, varies in severity, depending on the patient.  Many cerebral palsy patients have slight, almost unnoticeable impairments.  Others have serious problems that cause them to have difficulty performing even the most common tasks.  Assistive technology for cerebral palsy can aid the patient in overcoming these problems and live to their fullest potentials.  The devices used in assistive technology can allow for increased mobility (such as electronic wheelchairs), communication (keypads and computers), and the incorporation of computers and electronic equipment into daily life.

Computer equipment and the Internet can be accessed with assistive technology in a variety of ways.  Computers can use sophisticated scanning equipment, on-screen keyboards, head operated pointing devices, and voice recognition software that all allow persons with serious ailments due to cerebral palsy to use the technology in the way it was meant to be used.

 Language problems can be overcome with portable or computer related devices that can “speak” for you.   Other assistive technology devices for cerebral palsy can include equipment that can aid in using radios, televisions, appliances such as lights or stoves, toilets, showers, and many other day-to-day requirements.  Computer boards attached to electronic wheelchairs can allow a person with severe cerebral palsy related problems to both travel in the outside world and engage it with meaningful words and speech.

These assistive technologies are extremely important for people with serious cerebral palsy, especially because often cerebral palsy patients do not have impaired mental ability.  With assistive technology, these patients can do things like get a career, interact with society, go to school, and more.  Prohibitive costs, however, often prevent patients from obtaining these assistive technologies for cerebral palsy.

The tools, equipment, services, and computer devices that make up assistive technology for cerebral palsy patients all serve to enhance the working of the physical and mental ability that is causing a problem in the cerebral palsy patient. 

If you or a loved one has cerebral palsy and a medical mistake is suspected, you should contact an experienced cerebral palsy lawyer immediately.  Lawyers through this Web site will give you a free consultation about your rights.  Many assistive technologies can be covered by a lawsuit, especially when cerebral palsy is found to have been preventable.

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