If you’re living with a disability (or know someone else who does), then you’re probably all too aware of how unsupportive the environment can be. There are a variety of issues faced by differently abled people every day as they try to navigate the world around them and live as normal a life as possible. There is no reason for anyone to be restricted in this day and age. This is why more and more organizations are getting in on the inclusion bandwagon and making efforts to provide the necessary assistance for those with special needs.

It may be as simple as wheelchair access in every building, or specially built vehicles being commercially available. Nonetheless, it is getting increasingly easy for people with special needs to have those needs met, and gain a better quality of life. So how has this been possible? What kind of new assistive technology options are now so freely available?

Transport

A lot of people with disabilities or impairments have vehicles that they can use themselves and easily travel from place to place. There are services that offer transport for the disabled, however, which they can opt to use personal vehicles when the required technology cannot be bought or operated. These vehicles are well equipped and spacious, and are commonly used by health and care institutions, but also by private citizens.

In addition, services such as these even offer transportation door to door, and it is not uncommon for even senior citizens or private groups to rent out a vehicle which can pick each individual up and drop them off after a trip. This is one way that people with special needs can easily have a sense of normalcy. They do not need to be isolated and alienated, or miss out on the outside world.

Exoskeletons

For people who have problems with mobility, exoskeletons are devices that can essentially help them overcome such issues. The exoskeleton, once set up, can make you walk if you’re paralyzed from the waist down, getting you past the stairs when there is no wheelchair access. These may be a little costly, but they are technological innovations that are now freely available in the commercial market.

Text-to-Speech Devices

These gadgets are becoming increasingly affordable and popular, and are beloved for the way they give voices to those who cannot speak. They also enable those who having hearing impairments to communicate faster and more easily. Even people who have ocular damage or blindness can benefit from such technology, such as by having books, computer documents, and e-mails read out to them by the automated voice.

Home Automation

Technological advancements mean that many people with disabilities can achieve as normal a lifestyle as anyone else, because now an entire house can be automated. Speech recognition is a central feature of this, and voice activation can essentially get anything done, from your laundry to your cooking!

So as you can see, the world is no longer as limiting and challenging as it used to be for people with disabilities. Every day technology is advancing rapidly, and things like bionic arms and legs are becoming part and parcel of our lives. It’s hard to say what might turn up tomorrow, but if the trend keeps up, the term “disability” will soon be a thing of the past.

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  1. Robert Jones says:

    Well yes – but ….. you have to be able to afford much of this, and if you’re in the situation I’m in (not a wheelchair user, but still disabled) there’s a distinct limit to what the state or local authority can provide, and an absolute limit to what one can afford. The term disability, you say, will soon be a thing of the past: well now – I’m 65; let’s assume I make it to 95. I’d bet you my commode, when I need one, and continence aids – ditto – that the word disability will still be extremely current by then, and all too descriptive of the position many people will be in.

  2. Disability is not ALL of what you can SEE.

    That whilst innovation is a great thing and very frustrating when not having the readies to fund such, little else has changed, there are no freebies and life did not get
    Better, and certainly worse where welfare benefits are concerned that also has brought forth further discrimination, for many people
    whom have disability.
    Certainly as I am living that life through the eyes of three family members whom I take care of, I can say that with a great deal of conviction, as I attempt to mope up the havoc and treat the stress caused directly by discrimination from the ignorant to the very same people whom are paid to
    give a service to disabled and ill people, that work for the NHS and those
    in social care.

    Certainly we carers and disabled, can say that disability discrimination has not for all of the innovation and so called education, has not changed and
    so many are left in a state of isolation and whom are worse off then many whom seek refuge to these country.

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