Do you know someone who has a physical or mental disability? Chances are you probably do, because there are many people all around the world who face special challenges every day.
Fortunately, many of these people quickly learn that they don’t have to focus on their disabilities. Instead, if they focus on their abilities, they realize that they have unique and special talents that they can use to enrich the lives of others.
Some people have chosen to use their special abilities to create solutions for the problems that people with disabilities face. Disabilities that might have once prevented people from doing a wide range of things now no longer stand in their way thanks to a variety of technological advances.
And who doesn’t like technology? Technology is great. For most people, technology means you can do more in less time and have fun while doing it. Technology is in many ways like its own form of entertainment.
However, for people with disabilities, technology can be so much more than just entertainment. It can change their lives. It can help them learn and enable them to do things they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do.
For example, recent advances in technology have given us a wide variety of laptop and tablet computers. In a school setting, these technological marvels allow children with learning disabilities to play educational games that help them learn and retain information that traditional teaching methods haven’t achieved.
And there are plenty more examples of even more amazing technology at work in the world today. Did you know that today’s smartphones can help blind people use applications that identify money and read their emails aloud?
Text-to-speech technology allows mute people to type the words they want to speak. Speech-to-text technology allows the deaf to read the words they can’t hear.
For those people who can’t type on a computer keyboard or use a smartphone’s touch screen, voice command technology allows them to control these devices with the sound of their voice. Voice command technology is also being used in a wide variety of other products, from cars to e-readers, to allow people with disabilities greater access to these devices.
So what does the future hold for technology for people with disabilities? You might be amazed at some of the advances you’ll see in your lifetime. Visually-impaired people will be able to use GPS-enabled devices to guide them safely. In fact, they might even be able to drive cars that basically drive themselves with the help of advanced computer systems!
Physically handicapped people will also see amazing advances in wheelchair technology. Prototypes already exist for wheelchairs that can climb stairs. Even more amazing wheelchairs are on the horizon, though.
Scientists are currently working on advanced computer systems that can analyze brain waves. They believe that they will one day be able to use these systems to allow people with total paralysis to operate wheelchairs with nothing more than their thoughts!