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The Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP) now offers short-term appliance loans for the toothbrush pillow.

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AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA, May 20, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP) lending library of assistive technology tools, devices and services for people with physical or neurological disabilities, is growing slightly.

The latest addition to the device demo is the Toothbrush Pillow, a small HSA & FSA countertop medical device that balances a toothbrush in a horizontal position with bristles facing upwards to aid and assist physically or neurologically disabled individuals to apply toothpaste. Like all of the many devices and services available through the Texas Technology Access Program, the Toothbrush Pillow can be tried out by the user before committing to use.

TTAP’s mission is to increase access for people with disabilities and aging people to assistive technology (AT) tools and services. AT can provide these Texans with more control over their immediate surroundings; an increased ability to function independently; potential access to education, vocational training and employment; and more opportunities for recreation and leisure activities and community engagement. We support and develop programs to improve access, advocacy, and awareness of TA to meet the needs of Texans with disabilities and those who are aging.

TTAP now has the toothbrush pillow thanks to the AT demo and loaner program. The Texas Technology Access Program is a state and federally funded program that provides assistive technology services statewide to people of all ages and abilities, offering device demonstrations , short-term device loans and the reuse of assistive technologies.

Short-term device loans are available for 35 days. When people with disabilities, their families and trained professionals are able to borrow AT devices and evaluate them in the individual’s normal environments, then they are better able to determine whether the devices meet their needs or needs of the people with disabilities they serve. They are then able to make informed choices about which device to buy or whether to buy a device.

According to cdc.gov 3% of adults in Texas have an independent living disability, 11% have a mobility disability, and 6% have an independent living disability. Independent living is described as serious difficulty running errands alone, such as visiting a doctor’s office and self-care is difficulty dressing or bathing.

Funding for the Texas Technology Access Program is available through a government-sponsored program called Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP), administered by the US Department of Health and Human Services. HHS works through various state agencies that work closely with individual users affected by disabling conditions.

The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATiA) defines assistive technology (AT) as any item, piece of equipment, software, or product system used to augment, maintain, or improve the functional abilities of people with disabilities.

The Little Toothbrush Pillow, like thousands of other devices designed to help the disabled and elderly, is available at 35 of 56 assistive technology locations in all 50 states, four U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

About the toothbrush pillow

The device is currently used by people with Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, autism and upper limb amputees. Occupational therapists provide the toothbrush cushion and teach clients about proper oral care. The device creates opportunities for people with daily oral care when dealing with extraordinary medical issues in the absence of doctors. Very economical, easy to use and can be used independently. The intellectual property behind TBP is owned by American businessman Anthem Pleasant.

To learn more, please visit:http://www.toothbrushpillow.com/ or call 623.444.2985

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