Technology has become an important part of everyone’s daily life. When it comes to people with disabilities of any kind, technology has broken down barriers that have existed for centuries.
Technology has become an important part of everyone’s daily life. When it comes to people with disabilities of any kind, technology has broken down barriers that have existed for centuries, but many significant challenges remain for a large segment of the population. Because of these constraints, the development of computing design and technology must continue.
As a facilitator of the inclusion of people with technology disabilities
Emerging technologies can have a very direct impact on the daily lives of people with disabilities: for example, for the visually impaired, there are new navigation apps that can provide guidance in public spaces and buildings. This solution can provide precise, turn-by-turn directions via a smartphone.
Another example is the optimization of sound devices for the hearing impaired. Most of our interactions are online via video or audio. It can be difficult for people with hearing loss to keep up with the flow. This population has also been very disadvantaged during the epidemic. Against this background, the hearing aid market will see significant growth, and with it the opportunity to integrate artificial intelligence and 3D printing to scale personalized hearing aids for patients at low cost.
For people with motor neurone disease (MND), voice banking solutions are available through interactive websites. Anyone can record a 1,000-word story read aloud, which takes about 20 minutes. Then, processed voices are converted to a digital voice that MND people can use on any speech-aid device that allows them to communicate with their own voice.
Drives accessible technology innovations
Technology is an increasingly essential part of life, and accessible technology facilitates access to education, employment, government services, shopping, entertainment, and more. To take these innovations to the next level, it is important to involve people with disabilities in research and development, from design to testing, to ensure that decisions about end products take into account these different perspectives.
Everyone is unique, and the future of accessible technology is to truly democratize personalized computing experiences for everyone. Often when we think of accessibility, we think of the design of a laptop’s keyboard-mouse-screen experience, but to go further, we need to rethink the relationship between the individual and the computer. Accessibility drives innovation and creates a more human-centered computing experience.
A more accessible future
The tech industry is at a turning point, making some advances with new technologies, data, AI, Internet of Things (IoT), graphics and software to unlock a whole new series coming of age.
For example, by applying machine learning algorithms to the processes we perform on computers, we can begin to achieve certain expected computing. The computer can begin to understand your purpose and is able to actively perform tasks rather than respond to a simple command. The interface can become a companion that understands your needs and does more for you
Sensor technologies combined with AI can begin to mimic human perception systems, our eyes, ears, noses, mouths, systems that allow us to interpret the world. This can be a real benefit for people who lack one or more sensitive abilities.
We have the ability to lead change and the idea that everyone deserves to participate in shaping the future is essential. If we embrace the philosophy of “do nothing for us without us” and work with people with disabilities, we can make amazing progress and redesign computing as a whole.