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How can technology aid the care of cerebral palsy?

How can technology aid the care of cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy affects approximately 160,000 people in the UK (130,000 adults and 30,000 children) in lots of different ways, meaning each situation is unique and so requires tailored care.

Whilst carers provide specific and hands-on care, technology can also play a part aiding and facilitating expert care to an individual.

Here the benefits of using technology to care and support for someone with cerebral palsy.

What technology is available and how is it beneficial?

There are many types of technological devices that help to assist someone who has cerebral palsy.

The pieces of technology used will facilitate communication and independence an individual requires.

To achieve these goals, a wide variety of methods and devices are used which help to facilitate environmental control.

This can include:

– Eye gaze technology
– Switches
– Computer access

This means whilst an individual will be able to communicate their needs and wishes using technology that suits them, rather than struggling to communicate against their progressing condition.

These technological devices also allow for:

– More participation in activities
– Enhanced learning
– Improved communication
– Improved hearing
– Improved mobility
– Higher overall quality of life

Assistive technology is crucial in helping people with cerebral palsy remain comfortable as they progress through their condition and adapt to life as it does.

Is technology easily accessible?

The growth in the use of computers, the internet, and even AI has significantly reduced the cost of some types of assistive technology.

An individual, or their carer, can use a smartphone or tablet to access libraries of low-cost assistive technology apps that will help with daily tasks and activities.

Whilst this is a low-cost option, specialist equipment can be costly and might require funding or grants to obtain.

It is important to find that right device, or combination of devices, as it will enable an individual to live a more independent and active life, sometimes paving the way for employment and education opportunities.

There are many schemes and groups which are designed to help with funding which include:
– Access to Work
– Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)
– Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

The Government run these services and more to help you acquire the equipment needed for someone with cerebral palsy.

If you would like to know more about how technology can aid someone with cerebral palsy and what option is best, please contact us today.

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