Assistive technology services combine leading-edge technology with modern medicine. We help individuals with disabilities select, acquire and use devices that help improve their mobility and independence, as well as their personal, educational and professional capabilities. Assistive technology can take many forms and help with many activities of daily living like eating, dressing and working. These helping mechanisms can include:
- computerized communication devices
- screen-reading or voice recognition software
- environmental control systems
- prosthetic devices
- manual or motorized wheelchairs
- simple communication boards
Assistive technology: Our approach
Choosing and helping to incorporate the use of assistive technology into a patient’s everyday life is a team effort. At Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, assistive technology services involve patients, their families, primary care doctors, physical and occupational therapists, rehabilitation engineers and, in the case of learning disabilities or communication problems, specialized teachers and speech pathologists. With a world of equipment and technologies to choose from, patients and their families get the expert, long-term support they need to integrate the new technology into their lives.
Consultations with an assistive technology therapist are typically covered by health insurance. Cost of the equipment may also be covered through insurance but often requires precertification.
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital can help anyone with a physical, medical, neurological or developmental disability gain access to the right technology that allows for a more satisfying, active and independent life. As research into assistive technologies progresses each year, almost any patient whose disability impacts daily life can get help from our coordinated team of experts. Among the types of disabilities we serve are spinal cord injuries and disorders,stroke, brain injury, amputees, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, ALS, spina bifida and more.