Technology has multiple benefits in the world today. It has become a great equaliser for people with disabilities. People with disabilities depend on assistive devices to help them through their daily activities.
Digital and wireless devices have become a helping hand for people with hearing, speech, and language disabilities. Such devices are known as assistive devices. Health professionals also call assistive devices as:
This specialised technology promotes independence and decreases the need for other support. The advantages of assistive technologies for the disabled are:
Meryl Alper, the assistant professor at Northeastern University also stated that assistive systems have incredible potential to support people with disabilities.
For 16 months, Alper worked amongst 20 families with impaired children ages 3 to 13. All of these children would make use of an iPad app to help their speech and auditory impairment. The app converted symbols to audible words to help the child communicate.
Technologies even though largely empower the ‘voiceless’ still face structural inequalities. Some of the drawbacks of these assistive technologies are:
Despite these disadvantages, assistive technology is a necessity in today’s world. Without these assistive devices, people with disabilities may never be educated or able to work.