The world is becoming more and more reliant on technology. Technology has made life easier for many people, but it can also be a burden to those who are disabled. Technology-related tasks often require fine motor skills that are difficult for someone with limited mobility or dexterity to manage. In this article Afrohi Storama discusses how new technologies have been developed in order to help the disability community live independent lives while still being connected to others through social media.
Technology is rapidly advancing and so too is technology designed specifically for individuals living with disabilities. Technology used by people without disabilities may not always work well for those living with physical challenges. Because of impaired perception, strength control, coordination or other issues related to their condition. With this consideration in mind, engineers and developers have designed new technologies to help those with disabilities live more independent lives.
Found Technology? Yes!
Technology can certainly be used as a way of improving the independence of individuals living with disabilities. A technology that helps people communicate or assist them in completing daily tasks might give someone who struggles finding employment an opportunity at success. For many, however, basic devices may not work due to physical control issues. These include difficulties controlling their hands or arms to use standard keyboard/mice combinations. Still others cannot see well enough to focus on text displayed on computer monitors (the majority of these tools are based on visual cues). Technology must be specific in order to meet the needs of people living with certain conditions.
Crucial role in the future of education
Technology can help make this possible for those suffering from disabilities such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. Additionally, technology is making it easier than ever before for even young children diagnosed with disabilities to learn and develop at their own pace. Technology plays a crucial role in the future of education for children with special needs, allowing them to access curriculum materials on computers or tablets while providing auditory feedback via text-to-speech programs. Technology is making lives easier for all people living with disabilities, regardless of age or severity of impairment!
Assistive Technology Devices :
Technology is not just for the everyday user anymore. It has also found its way into assistive technology devices that can really help those with disabilities live more independent lives than ever before allowing them to do things on their own without having to rely solely on others.
For people with hearing disability
For those with hearing disability, assistive technology devices can allow the user to have a phone conversation on their own without needing someone else to help them.
For those with limited mobility
For those with limited mobility for example maybe due to a recent leg surgery or because of old age. Assistive technology devices can be very useful in making it easier and more comfortable for the individual
Technology has also been used by people who are blind. So they no longer need other individuals around watching everything they do. But instead these programs will read what’s going on around them allowing users independence from others .
For children with autism
Technology is even being utilized by children who have autism and cannot communicate verbally which makes using an iPad or smartphone that much easier!
Voice activated software
There are a number of ways that technology can help those who have disabilities live more independent lives. Voice activated software allows people who do not have the use of their hands or fingers to perform basic tasks on computers and other devices, such as sending emails, browsing the Internet for information, playing games, etc., using only their voice. For example, if someone has lupus causing them to lose function in one hand. But is otherwise healthy enough they may be able to get online just by speaking into a microphone connected to an earpiece via Bluetooth while sitting at their computer keyboard typing what is being said aloud.
Other uses would be for people who have a disease such as ALS or other diseases that cause speech to be lost. But not the ability of eye movement. Technology can help them communicate with others through software allowing them to type out their thoughts and ideas on screen by looking at letters, one after another, using only their eyes similar in concept to how Stephen Hawking communicates. These types of voice activated technologies are also being used beyond just computers including smart home devices like your phone where you make calls and send texts all based on what is said aloud from an app called Siri created by Apple which uses artificial intelligence technology.