October 20, 2021

How assistive technology can help someone living with Erb’s palsy

As with many conditions, the everyday management of Erb’s palsy is increasingly aided by assistive technology. There is a wide range of technological aids that can now assist, and these aids are not limited to bespoke software. In this article, we look at how assistive technology can help in the setting of Erb’s palsy, and give some examples of the available technology.

Computer technology

As learning (like much else) moves ever more online, the importance of adapted computer equipment has increased. Fortunately, there are a range of computer-related options which may be of assistance, both educationally and in the workplace.

Many people with Erb’s palsy find working at a keyboard to be somewhat uncomfortable. There are several products that could assist with this, including ergonomic or one-handed keyboards, depending upon what is most comfortable for the individual. Additionally, there is now a range of speech recognition software which can be useful, particularly with drafting longer documents.

As ever, when choosing specialist equipment, it is always a good idea to ensure that you receive expert input, and if possible to “try before you buy”. It is also a good idea to ensure that the buyer has the opportunity to have some training once the equipment has been purchased, so that they can ensure they get the best out of it. If you are currently bringing a claim, it is important to explore these issues with a suitable expert, so that the costs associated with both the equipment and training can be appropriately factored into the claim.

Home adaptations

In addition to computer equipment, adaptations to the home can also prove invaluable to people living with Erb’s palsy.

Digital locks on the front door of the house can make life much easier, particularly when carrying items (e.g. shopping). If using both hands is difficult, then other solutions could be considered, such as systems that facilitate opening windows and possibly drawing blinds. This could be particularly helpful where windows are located behind a sink (as is often the case in kitchens and bathrooms).

Again, if you are bringing a case, it is important to discuss these issues fully with your instructed solicitors, in order to ensure that all potential problem areas are identified. This is likely to help your legal team and your instructed assistive technology experts.

If you are bringing a claim for Erb’s palsy, then it is often extremely helpful to consider the issue of assistive technology carefully. Careful provision of specialist equipment can prove invaluable both educationally and in the workplace.

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