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Community and Internet Resources


Adaptive Technology/Products: Disability Specific:

Cerebral Palsy


New Horizons Un-limited is not endorsing and assumes no responsibility in guaranteeing the products, services, programs or conditions as described. If you are interested in a resource listed below, call or contact the resource to verify the current situation. Evaluate the information, analyze your unique circumstances, use your best judgment and make your own decisions when using the information. Before making any change, consult your health care professional.

National

Cerebral Palsy Accessories and Equipment is an informational site that briefly discusses some of the accessories and equipment needed to live with Cerebral Palsy, such as braces, car seats, casts, computers and technology, cycles, service dogs, seating, shoes, standers, walkers, wheelchairs, and wheelchair maintenance, as well as offering a selection of links pertaining to each. They have neither tested or approved of any of the products offered within this website, so the information noted within these pages should be investigated in detail before any purchase is made.

Cerebral Palsy: Simple Notes on a Complex Problem by Speechtx.com is a section designed by an Occupational Therapist and Speech-Language Pathologist to provide basic building blocks for therapy for the child with Cerebral Palsy. Included at this site is information on adaptive equipment and positioning, sensory experiences, augmentative communication, feeding issues, and adaptive computer technology. The child with Cerebral Palsy has multiple issues to attend and this is a complex disability. Early therapy intervention is essential. Many professionals may be involved in the care of your child: Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Dietician, Pediatrician, and Social Worker. An individual assessment of your child can provide a firm foundation for overall development. Information provided can be used as guidelines and they encourage you to discuss any therapy intervention with your therapist or doctor.

New Sign Coglink is a personalized, simple-to-use, safe email program that comes with automated training and unlimited access to HelpDesk staff for questions and troubleshooting.. This e-mail program is useful for a simple e-mail to stay in touch with friends and family, or if you find a computer too hard to set up or maintain, is simple to learn, very little to remember and will not allow email carrying computer viruses. You need to be able to see the computer monitor, read and type messages and be physically able to use the mouse and keyboard or other device that you currently use to move the cursor and enter text into the computer. The program has a monthly subscription fee of $10 that provides users with technical support that includes adding or subtracting people from their buddy lists. For more information, see their website or call their staff at (541) 346-0572 or (800) 716-9695, or write Computer and Information Sciences, 1202 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403.

Orthotics: Their Purposes and Use is an excerpted article written by Darrell Parker, author of his book A Parent and Teacher's Guide to the Special Needs Child. An orthotic is any device used for an orthopedic purpose. An orthotic can be used to stabilize, immobilize, prevent deformity, protect against injury, and/or assist with function. Orthotics may be constructed of a wide variety of materials.

Toys R Us offers a toy guide for differently-abled kids which includes a guide to their toys categorizing them by category of issues such as Auditory, Fine Motor, Visual, etc. and by age. This section also includes the Top Ten Tips for Buying Toys for children with disabilities prepared by the National Lekotek Center and a Frequently Asked Questions section.


State Listings


New Jersey

Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey's Technology Lending Center features a wide variety of assistive technology including computer access technology, communication devices, adapted toys, and an impressive array of adaptive equipment used for daily living. Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey’s Rehabilitation Technology Services department offers free Technology Learning Center tours and equipment demonstrations and encourages TLC membership. Write to them at Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, 1005 Whitehead Road Extension, Suite 1, Ewing, NJ 08638, Call them: Toll Free: 888-322-1918, Fax: 609-882-4054, TTY: 609-882-0620 or e-mail them at info@cpofnj.org.


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