Technology has come along way in the last 30 years, giving the world greater access to information. Technology also gives people with disabilities greater access to the world. Below is a list of just some of the technology and applications available that can support people with disabilities.
Best Tech for People with Disabilities
While our world is filled with different kinds of tech, here are just a few examples of some of the most common tech available and how they can make a difference in the lives of those who are disabled.
Before smartphones, accessing the Internet required logging on to a computer and the telephone was a device solely used for calling others. Smartphones let us access the world in the palm of our hands. They combine a phone and a computer in one. Smart phones can also do video calls and take photos and videos.
iLevel and the Quantum Backup Camera
iLevel allows people who use power wheelchairs to elevate their seat, up to 12 inches. They can also drive while elevated, up to 4.5 mph. Being able to elevate your seat allows you to reach for things and navigate the world at a higher level. Backup cameras for wheelchairs are great for safety and increased visibility. The authentic Quantum backup camera provides a better view of what is going on behind you. It also allows you to navigate tight spaces and saves walls and people’s toes.
Adjustable Bed Frames
Allow people to raise and lower the foot and head of their bed. These adjustments can make it easier to maneuver in bed.
Top Apps for People with Disabilities
From digital assistants to Audible, here are some great apps that can really make life easier (and more fun) for people who have a disability.
Digital assistants, like Siri or Alexa, are programs that understand voice commands and complete tasks for the person. For example, my Echo Show (Alexa) can turn my fan and lights off and on with my voice command.
Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is an app that connects people who are blind or visually impaired with non-disabled people virtually to support problem solving. For example, a volunteer can be connected with someone through video, and the volunteer can help find something that is lost.
Dragon Dictate is an app that turns speech into text. This is helpful people who have difficulty typing. Most smartphones and tablets also have text-to-speech software built into them.
iAccess Life is an app that lets users with disabilities rate, review and research places based on their accessibility. This helps people research new places before they go to them.
Audible is an app that lets users listen to audiobooks. Audiobooks can be helpful for those who like to multitask or have barriers with traditional reading.
About Isabella Bullock: Isabella, or Izzie for short, is an employment specialist for the Center of Independent Living. She is an iced coffee enthusiast who enjoys getting lost in a good book. Click here to learn more about Isabella.
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