Cons of Assistive Technology

Updated February 21, 2017

Assistive technology is technology fundamentally designed to help the disabled person perform tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible, according to the University of Washington. Assistive technology is very useful for those who suffer from disorders and need help overcoming obstacles brought about by these disorders; however, technologies sometimes have unexpected negative impacts.


Some forms of assistive technology allow helpers to watch over the disabled so they can provide help in the event the individual has a medical emergency, according to At Dementia. Unfortunately, this assistive technology can be used to spy on the person, thus depriving her of her privacy.

Human Contact

Assistive technology might reduce the amount of human contact the disabled individual receives, since there will be less of a need for direct physical assistance, according to At Dementia. This could lead to the person being more socially isolated, which can be bad for his emotional health.


Assistive equipment might not always be usable by the disabled in all circumstances. Some assistive equipment is too big to fit into certain areas and the assistive equipment might also need a place to recharge, which the individual might not have access to, according to Pluk Library. Also, assistive equipment might interfere with other equipment nearby.

Equipment Breakdown

Some assistive technology has the potential to break or not function properly. Broken equipment can occur in almost all aspects of life, but this broken equipment can be especially disastrous for those who are dependent on the equipment.


The perspectives of those suffering from disabilities can be very diverse. For example, many individuals who cannot use their limbs might not even realise that they don't have the limb. The use of assistive technology can cause self-esteem problems by reinforcing the misconception that the individual is not capable of taking care of himself.


Some disabled individuals begin to rely excessively on the assistive technology and do not attempt to learn ways to cope with their disabilities. Even worse, assistive technology can prevent individuals from recovering from injuries by discouraging the person from engaging in physiotherapy, according to At Dementia. A disabled person can actually regress when they stop performing activities themselves and instead use only the assistive technology.


Some technology can be very complex and difficult for those with disabilities to use. These challenging technologies can add to the frustration of a disabled student, according to At Dementia. Technologies should be tailored towards the abilities and needs of the student. For this to be possible, a thorough analysis of the person's capabilities must be performed.

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Charles Pearson has written as a freelancer since 2009. He has a B.S. in literature from Purdue University Calumet and is currently working on his M.A. He has written the ebooks "Karate You Can Teach Your Kids," "Macadamia Growing Handout" and "The Raw Food Diet."