The world that we live in is dominated by technology and the constant improvement in such tech is expected to improve and simplify our lives. This is an inclusive process and there is specific tech that also serves to do just this for those people with physical disabilities. Here are four types of tech that are designed and used to assist those with physical disabilities in their daily lives.
Smart home support systems
One of the biggest and most positive changes in modern times for those living with physical disabilities has been the smart home entertainment and living systems. The ability to turn the lights on or off using voice activation or simply having it as a programmable event on a smart handheld device provides many of those with a physical disability with increased freedom and control in their living spaces. Heating, security, cookers, washing machines and any of the many other digital home devices and processes can also now be programmed and controlled in a variety of ways for those with a physical disability to improve and enhance independence.
Remote/digital health monitoring
Technology now exists for patients to be provided with the ability to self-care and monitor their own health in the comfort of their own homes. For those with a physical disability, this means a reduction in the number of trips to their healthcare provider and allows for greater peace of mind in regard to their health and well-being. Remote patient monitoring (RPM) using smart wearable devices that are connected to the actual healthcare setting and the professionals there are thus a type of technology that has improved the ease of access to healthcare for those with disabilities.
Transport and mobility
Modern transport solutions have come a long way and a variety of WAV vehicles exist that now make disabled and wheelchair transport simple and straightforward. With ramps, swivel seating and even hand-driving controls, most suitably sized vehicles can be adapted and improved to suit people with physical disabilities. There are several barriers in terms of mobility for those in wheelchairs and mobility scooters and the improvement in the technology related to vehicle and driving adaptations is a fantastic way of allowing differently-abled people into the mainstream. Being able to get out and travel, as well as doing simple things like visiting friends and relatives or a trip to the park is a vital aspect of life for all. As such, having the right vehicles to make this a possibility for disabled people is an important part of modern life.
Tech to access the internet
The information super-highway, or the internet and the wealth of data, advice, information, fun and entertainment now available should be accessible for all. There has been a dearth of tech developments to make this possible for those with a disability, such as wider keyboards and voice-activated search to ensure that those with dexterity challenges are just as able as anyone else to access and use the internet and all the resources therein.
Technology has been at the forefront of bringing a better quality of life to those with physical disabilities. The idea is to allow for living that is as independent as possible for all, including people who have a physical disability.