People with disabilities encounter significant obstacles in their daily lives: they are less likely to acquire an education, seek employment, or receive proper healthcare.
According to the World Health Organization, by 2030, 2 billion individuals will require at least one assistive device, with many requiring two or more. However, just one out of every ten people with disabilities has access to the assistive technology they need.
Assistive technology’s goal is to eliminate these barriers as much as possible and improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities.
Five of the latest Assistive Technology Devices are discussed below:
This is a portable electronic magnifier featuring Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and text-to-speech to help reduce eye strain and exhaustion. With the integrated wireless controller or your tablet’s touch screen, you can easily operate and manoeuvre E-bot. It uses OCR to swiftly and reliably recognize written texts. It then “speaks” the content as well as saving photographs and text files to SD cards.
The E-bot Pro also enlarges photographs from a distance using a high-definition camera.
This is an excellent product for those with visual impairments.
The Sesame Phone is a touch-free smartphone for individuals with disabilities.
The camera is front-facing and engineered to track minor head movements. There is no need to touch the phone as “swipe”, “browse” and “play” gestures are recognized. In addition, voice control can be incorporated to allow for a hands-free experience.
Sip and Puff Switches
For some people, a moderate sip or puff on a tube may be more convenient and suited than a regular switch. Sip puff switches are used to access a wide range of switch-activated devices. These include speech generators, laptops, tablets, environmental control systems, smartphones, and other switch-scanning devices. The device that lets a user operate a computer by taking tiny breathes.
A computer interface is attached to the sip and puff device, which scans the screen. When the user wants to engage with a particular section of the screen, they can “click” on it by breathing in or out.
Sip and Puff Switches are included in our list of Top Ten Assistive Technologies.
Wheelchair ramps and wheelchair-accessible restrooms are not things that people without disabilities notice. Many public places are lacking in these amenities.
An AXS Map is a crowdsourced map. It is convenient for those who need to use a wheelchair to access public places – such as hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. With the use of star ratings, the map also displays information about how well-designed these facilities are.
Liftware is a self-stabilizing fork and spoon handle. It’s useful for the elderly and people with tremors, such as those caused by Parkinson’s disease or cerebral palsy.
The product adjusts the angle of a fork for people with restricted mobility or unintended muscular movements. It is suitable for people who can get a fork or spoon from their plate to their lips, but struggle with the angle.
People with disabilities can use assistive technology to live healthy, productive, independent, and dignified lives while also participating in school, civic life, and the labor market. Assistive technology decreases the need for formal health and support services, as well as long-term care and caregiver duties.
Assistive technology devices empower the disabled to live with dignity as equal members of society, giving them a new sense of freedom and autonomy.