Technology Benefiting Handicapped and Disabled February Learning to Live in a Technical World Blog
These days, the usage of various technologies is benefitting everyone, but for those who are disabled or handicapped, the new technology can be life-changing! Devices such as the iPad or iPhone are being used daily to help these people overcome and live with their disabilities. The technology continues to grow, and it is astonishing how many resources are already out there for them. This spans from helping students with learning disabilities to those who are blind.The first example of technology benefiting those in need is the iPad and its affect on the learning disabled. On disabilitynetwork.com, there are various apps outlined that are tailored specifically for these people. One application, “Crazy Face Lite,” encourages shy children to speak more often, and helps them gain social skills. Another, “ArtikPix,” is for children with speech impairments that allows them to practice words and sounds. “LivingSafely” can help students with developmental disabilities learn with ideas that are directed specifically to them. Although these apps are focused on children with learning disabilities, apps that might not seem suited to the students are also effective in helping them learn. For example, flash card applications for the iPad help with basic vocabulary and learning. “MindNode” is used to create mind maps, which greatly help autistic children grasp concepts. Overall, the iPad is invaluable to the success of disabled learning.
This past summer millions of people tuned in to watch the Olympics. What many may not have known is that the fourteenth summer Paralympic Games was held just after the Olympic games ended. The world of those who are handicapped physically or lost limbs was revolutionized by prosthetics that are now tailored specifically to meet the needs of a patient. In fact, Oscar Pistorous, a South-African double-amputee sprinter, competed in the Olympic Games in London in 2012 with his carbon fiber blades that practically put him on the same playing level as any other athlete who is not an amputee. The prosthetic limbs along with other tools have come a long way with technology, and for all of those who are handicapped or are amputees, technology is creating a way for them to live an easier life.
In conclusion, people with intellectual or physical disabilities have been assisted by technology in many facets. Not only have they been able to use technology manufactured specifically for them, but they have also been able to use technology that can be adapted for their specific needs. Technology has supported them in their journey to live happier lives, and for many, technology may have even saved their life. As a country, the United States is continuing to increase funding for technological programs benefiting people with disabilities, and the research for these people is drastically making a difference every day.
Jae-Young Son, State President