2024 Session 15

Graylyn Jones


Common Assistive Technologies for Individuals with Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries, Complex Multi-Traumas, and other Neurologic Conditions

This presentation will delve into the pivotal role of assistive technologies in fostering independence for individuals following catastrophic events resulting in cervical spinal cord injuries, complex multi-traumas, and other acquired neurologic conditions. Consequently, individuals often rely on external assistance for completion of fundamental tasks, with engagement in personal entertainment, and overall safety. The primary focus of this presentation is to provide a comprehensive review of commonly recommended assistive technologies and built in accessibility features in personal devices to increase an individual’s independence, safety, communication, and engagement in previously enjoyed occupations. This session will outline data collected since April 2023, depicting recommended devices by common injury levels and estimated prices. The goal of this presentation is to inform, equip, and empower other professionals by ensuring a nuanced understanding of patient goals and the assistive technologies vital for reclaiming independence post-injury.


  • Learners will be able to identify and recognize 3 common assistive technologies utilized to increase an individual’s access to personal devices (cell phones, tablets).
  • Learners will be able to identify 1-2 methods an individual can use to call for assistance in both emergent and non-emergent situations.
  • Learners will be able to provide one consideration for the importance of updating devices and assistive technologies over an individual’s lifetime.

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