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Cutting tools

What does it do?

Adapted scissors and cutting aids allow children and adults with disabilities to safely and independently cut a variety of materials. Some scissors are specifically meant to assist with fine motor skills and/or hand mobility as well as pain and fatigue from arthritis and similar conditions.

What kinds of scissors are there?

  • Easi-Grip Loop Scissors: for those with weak grip or arthritis, can be closed with a gentle squeeze
  • Table Top Scissors: make cutting easier for those with a limited grip and hand control, operated by pressing the large handle and automatically re-opens
  • Dual Control Training Scissors: provide assistance for children with weakness, tremors or other issues who cannot operate scissors independently.
  • Self-Opening Scissors: scissors with a small built in spring which opens automatically when hand pressure is released
  • Easy Action Bent Scissors: for those with arthritis or limited hand strength, spring gently opens blades after each cut to reduce hand strain
  • Pillow Grips Scissors: full finger area is coated with spongy cushion to reduce strain and fatigue
  • Electric Scissors: cuts a variety of materials
  • Battery Operated Switch Adapted Scissors: activate a switch to cut through paper
  • Safety Scissors: cuts paper, but won’t cut skin, hair or clothes
Silhouette of a pair of scissors

How do I see what's new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:

adaptive scissors, tabletop scissors, ergonomic scissors

How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania you would need to find your state's AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out. Do we have this in our lending library?


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Alanna Raffel

Alanna Raffel is an occupational therapist. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute rehab, outpatient pediatrics, early intervention, and schools. She is passionate about accessibility and loves discovering and making new tools that promote independence. Alanna enjoys making assistive technology using her sewing machine and 3D printer.

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