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Manual Ability Classification System for children with cerebral palsy 4-18 years

The Manual Ability Classification System (MACS) describes how children with cerebral palsy use their hands to handle objects in daily activities. MACS describes five levels. The levels are based on the children's self-initiated ability to handle objects and their need for assistance or adaptation to perform manual activities in everyday life.

  • Find further information about MACS in the panel to the left.
  • Download the brochure in 24 different language.

    The MACS brochure describes the five levels and differences between adjacent levels, it also gives information about how to use the classification.

  • Download a flow chart.

    Use the flow chart together with the brochure to further clarify the process to determine which MACS level best corresponds with the child's manual ability.

  • Buy the instructional video.

    This 30 minute film explains the concept and construct of MACS, it show examples of children and the rationale for selecting different MACS levels.
    The video is available for purchase at our webshop

  • Recent publications

    Find references for recent articles in the panel to the left.

Instructional video

Preview of the cover for the MACS Instructional video

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Mini-MACS can now be downloaded
Mini-MACS for children up to 1 year is now available for download. Follow the linkes to the left.
Updated German version
The german version of the MACS brochure and the MACS level identification chart have now been updated and are available for download. Follow the linkes to the left.
Webshop is reopened!
The webshop is again open, and had a minor facelift. The MACS instructional DVD is once again available for purchase.