Obviously, we all know how valuable technology is in our lives. To be honest there is not a day that I could endure without the use of technology, like my Smartphone, TV and laptop. But for people with a disability it can be life-changing.
I got inspired to write this blog when I saw some research by the Do-It organisation. This research was conducted by the by the University of Washington. You can find the video at the end of the blog, together with the link to the research. It is basically about what technological developments could be beneficial for different kinds of physical and learning disabilities.
This isn’t new.. is it?
Most people are aware that something as simple as: speech input and output, subtitles, autocorrect or a program that can read (scanned) text to you can change someone’s life. How strange that might sound. But I think we sometimes fail to realize how big of an impact something so ‘small’ can change someone’s life. These people become more independent and feel better about them, because they need less help from others. These tools empower them to do what they want, how they want it.
I would like you all to meet Jared. I found this video, together with a couple of other videos, on the blog by Think Inclusive. Jared uses a sip and puff switch to control his computer. This enables Jared to run a business, websites and do basically everything on a computer that we all can do.
If something as small as a sip and puff switch is able to make such a big impact on someones life, than…
Let’s take this to the next level!
Recently, a teachter of mine shared a tedtalk with me by Avi Goldberg about the use of our brains to control machines.
When I finished watching this Ted talk I thought: “Wow… so many new possibilities!” I think this would be amazing for people with a disability. They would no longer be in need for tools to help with communication, but they can just use their own brains! For some disabled people this would be a great way to make them more independent. I also think this would have such an enormous impact on the way they see themselves. This technology would create so many possibilities for these people that they could almost live a ‘normal’ life.
Especially, for someone like Jared, because there is nothing wrong with his brain. There is only something wrong with his body. His computer work would go so much faster. It would be less energy-consuming and like I’ve mentioned before it could give him more independence.
“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.” – Steve Jobs
Technology.. You MARVEL US!
I’m really curious for your opinion on this topic. Feel free to leave a comment about this blog or a suggestion for the future.
Link to Think Inclusive: http://www.thinkinclusive.us/these-7-assistive-technology-users-will-leave-your-mind-blown/