Assistive technology devices enable students with disabilities to express what they know, and rapid advancements in technology are helping to “redefine ability and disability,” says Milton Chen, senior fellow and director emeritus at the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
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With the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti happening this week, I have been spending a lot of time thinking about the impact of natural disasters and tragedies and how we, as a society, respond to them. As usual, my thoughts consistently wander to how all of that relates to disability and people with disabilities.
The future is expected to provide medical miracles such as these robotic devices to help people with disabilities who use a wheelchair to be able to walk on their own. Here are five of those robotic medical miracles that are either available now or in the very near future.
It’s always amazing to find new services or gadgets, and devices; especially when they make life easier. New technologies and solutions are always being developed. From Smartphone Apps, to depositing checks directly to ATMS and down to the small things, such as easy wine openers, the list goes on.
I had a conversation with some people at work the other day about what kind of assistive technologies are needed in the kitchen for cooking and preparing food. So I went to YouTube to see if there were any videos that could demonstrate some examples to me of what was out there. I found this great video from an organization in New Jersey that demonstrates five different assistive devices for use in the kitchen, and they are each under $25.
Assistive technology went cool and mainstream this year. With the launch of the iPad and popularity of the iPhone, Apple did a great job by growing the number of apps that were created for people with special needs. Apple had the foresight to build accessibility into the iPad and that’s a game changer. The iPad may become the most popular assistance technology device to date.
In today’s workplace, technology seems to be what makes the world go round. Through assistive technology, people with disabilities have been able to achieve the same level of success in the workplace as anyone else. The impact of this technology therefore is drastic, and though we may hear this is the case, or assume that it’s probably the case, it’s nice to find out first-hand how this has happened for someone.
In the computer assisted classroom, educators have shifted their focus from standardized educational presentations to personalized instruction that meets the needs of individual learners. Microsoft has created a 2010 Guide for Educators to help classroom teachers support learning across styles and abilities in today’s inclusive world.
A banker requested a different business card from Srinivasu Chakravarthula as the one he had handed to the banker had “holes” in it. Unknown to the banker, the card was embossed in Braille that enables the blind to read. The banker’s response presented Srinivasu an opportunity to get to work — educating her about a technology that has made life easier for those with disabilities.
An exciting assistive technology will gradually change the lives of many wheelchair users. Wearable robotic devices, so called exoskeletons, are now being launched which will for the first time offer wheelchair users the chance to walk.