Illinois Assistive Technology Program, Toothbrush Pillow Now in Demo and Travel Kits

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SPRINGFIELD, IL, USA, March 21, 2022 / — The Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) 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 offered by the IATP, the Toothbrush Pillow can be tried out by the user before committing to its use.

The mission of the Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is to provide Illinois people of all ages with disabilities and health conditions greater access to assistive technology (AT) devices and services so that they can improve their independence and participation in all aspects of life. To achieve this, we offer numerous assistive technology programs and services to learn about and try out AT devices, financial loans to purchase ATs, training, technical assistance, and a variety of contracted services, including AT assessments professionals.

The IATP now offers the Toothbrush Pillow through the AT Demo and Travel Kits. The IATP is a state and federally funded program that provides assistive technology services statewide to people of all ages and abilities, offering device demonstrations, loaner short-term devices and the reuse of assistive technologies.

According to 3% of Illinois adults 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 IATP 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 32 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.

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