In today’s day and age, technology is everywhere. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to go even a day without being touched by technology in some way, shape, or form. At Angel Law, P.C., one of the most recent innovations we want to shed a light on is technology that is now helping people living with disabilities or special needs, such as cerebral palsy (CP).
Assisted technology (AT) is a broad term that essentially includes products, equipment, and systems that can enhance learning, working, and daily activities for people with disabilities. These devices can also be used to improve your child’s functional capabilities and present inclusion opportunities at home and at school.
Technology at Home
When it comes to life at home for your special needs child, there are several forms of AT that can help your child become more independent and enabled. Some new adaptive tools that may be available include:
- Eating utensils that provide extra grip or weight
- Plates and bowls that have non-slip bottoms
- Non-slip rugs throughout the house
- Assistance bathroom devices, such as tubs with doors
- Dressing aids (i.e., zippers instead of buttons)
Technology at School
Public education systems typically offer Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) to children with special needs. These plans evaluate what help your child needs and are specifically tailored to best suit your child’s unique needs. Some types of assistive technology that may be utilized for your child at school include:
- Special keyboards that allow your child to type more easily
- Communication devices that allow your child to choose words, letters, or photos to communicate what it is they want to say
- Eye-tracking software that helps your child select the appropriate items
- Adaptive scissors and art supplies
- Magnifying sheets that make text significantly larger
- Text-to-speech programs that read words aloud
If your child developed cerebral palsy as a result of a negligent doctor or medical provider, you should not have to cover the lifelong costs related to your child’s medical expenses or anything needed to improve their quality of life.
Our Portland birth injury attorneys are here to ensure that your family receives the justice and compensation that you deserve and need to move forward. We will stop at nothing to protect what matters most to you.
Do you need legal representation following a birth injury or medical error? Contact our team at (503) 862-8666 to speak with head attorney, Patrick Angel, for free!