North Carolina Demonstrates and Lends a Toothbrush Pillow to Residents with Independent Living Disabilities


RALEIGH, North Carolina, USA, January 24, 2022 / — In North Carolina, Tar Heel State, acquiring the right equipment, technology, and tools to increase, maintain, or improve the functional abilities of people with disabilities can sometimes be among the challenges of the life. Now a state agency demonstrates or lends a working device before you buy online or in a store to make your life easier and have confidence that when you bring the device home, it will work as advertised.

According to, 4% of adults in North Carolina have an independent living disability and 8% have an independent living disability. There’s new hope for North Carolinians with crippling health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, MS or the loss of a limb from inventor and entrepreneur Anthem Pleasant thanks to a small device FSA & HSA eligible medical doctor called the toothbrush pillow.

“The toothbrush cushion rests on a counter and securely holds and balances the toothbrush while the person applies toothpaste. It makes a daily routine task easier using just one hand,” says Pleasant. “It’s a small, inexpensive device that helps people maintain good oral health.

“Best of all, the toothbrush pillow can be demonstrated at home or used on a short-term loan before purchasing the device,” says Pleasant. Home demonstrations are 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) is any item, piece of equipment, software, or product system that is used to augment, maintain, or improve the functional abilities of people with disabilities.”

In North Carolina, Pleasant said, the device was placed in the state’s Advanced Technology (AT) Demonstration Center. The process for getting a demo or device loan is to call one of the nine centers and set up a meeting. We worked with professional tech assistant Tammy Pereboom, PT, to get the toothbrush pillow into inventory. Here is an excerpt from the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program:

NCATP hosts a series of weekly live events to highlight how technology can help us connect with people, businesses and our communities. Every Thursday at 11:30 a.m., experts will demonstrate a new assistive technology (AT) device or tool and share tips on how it can help you stay active, engaged, and connected.

After the demo, AT experts will answer attendees’ questions about the featured device and other assistive technology topics.

the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP) is a state and federally funded program that provides statewide assistive technology services to people of all ages and abilities. Provides device demos, short-term device loans, and assistive technology reuse. We promote the independence of people with disabilities through access to technology.

The goal is for all 56 AT locations (50 states, four US territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) to soon feature the toothbrush pillow as part of their local assistive technology programs. Currently, the device is at 21 AT locations.

Pleasant says the toothbrush pillow is available on Amazon and website direct. “But having it demonstrated at home by an occupational therapist before purchase gives the user more confidence that the device will work for them.”

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