How Adaptive Technology Changes Lives

KeyboardPeople throughout history have found ways to adapt to their situation, whether it is financial or a physical disability. Certain people see their disabilities as permanent setbacks; however, there are others who still hope for a better life.

With the advancements in technology, the gap between the quality of life of the disabled and people born without disabilities is narrowing.

A Lonely Existence

You may talk about it and even try to put yourself in their shoes, but really, there are no words to describe how hard it is to live as a person with disability.

In its Information for People with Disabilities page, DMDAAP details how ordinary people take simple tasks for granted, but these same routines take a lot of effort for the disabled to achieve. Where ordinary people can easily cross the street with ease, a blind man needs special assistance to advance a few meters.

Then again, even these disabilities did not deter people like Helen Keller and Stevie Wonder or leaders like Franklin Delano Roosevelt to succeed and make a major contribution to the world.

Technology to the Rescue

As success is possible, proper assistance is therefore necessary to make it happen. With over 56.7 million people suffering from a disability, it is certainly no small feat. Adaptive and assistive technology matters most as these products allow people with disabilities to function like any healthy person would.

In its most low-tech, this technology comes in the form of communication boards and Braille books for the blind. In its most high-tech form, it could be a speech generating device like the one used by world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. The proliferation of smartphones, tablets and apps have also narrowed the gap.

The continuous development of technology changed the way disabled people improve the quality of their lives. These help them do routine tasks easier compared to the time when they had to do things on their own.