Impact of technology accessibility on people with disabilities

Technology has become an important part of every person’s daily life. When it comes to people with any kind of disability, technology has broken down barriers that have existed for centuries.

Technology has become an important part of every person’s daily life. When it comes to people with any type of disability, technology has broken down barriers that have existed for centuries, but for a large part of the population, many serious problems remain. It is because of these obstacles that it is necessary to continue the development of computer design and technology.

Technology as a Means of Including People with Disabilities

New technologies can have a direct impact on the daily lives of people with disabilities: for example, for the visually impaired, there are new navigation applications that can give directions in public places and buildings. This solution can provide accurate step-by-step instructions via smartphone.

Another example is the optimization of audio devices for the hearing impaired. Most of our interactions take place online, through video or audio. People with hearing loss may find it difficult to keep up with the flow. This population group has also been very disadvantaged during the pandemic. Against this backdrop, the hearing aid market will grow significantly, and with it the ability to integrate artificial intelligence and 3D printing to scale low-cost personalized hearing aids to patients around the world, especially in underserved markets.

For people with motor neurone disease (MND), voice banking solutions are available through interactive websites. Anyone can record reading aloud a 1,000-word story, which takes about 20 minutes. The processed voices are then converted into a digital voice that people with MND can use on any assistive speech device, allowing them to communicate using their own voice intonation.

Affordable technology drives innovation

Technology is becoming an increasingly important part of life, and affordable technology makes it easier to access education, employment, public 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 end product decisions take into account these different perspectives.

Every person is unique, and the future of affordable technology lies in truly democratizing the personalized computing experience for everyone. Often when we think of accessibility, we think of laptop keyboard-mouse-screen design, but to go further, we need to rethink the relationship between human and computer. Accessibility drives innovation and creates more human-centric computing experiences.

A more accessible future

The tech industry is at a tipping point, creating breakthroughs with new technologies, data, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IOT), graphics, and software, just to name a few, to open up a whole series of new applications that are coming of age.

For example, by applying machine learning algorithms to the processing we do on computers, we can begin to achieve certain predictive calculations. The computer may begin to understand your intentions and act proactively instead of responding to a simple command. The interface can become a companion who understands your needs and acts on your behalf.

Sensory technologies combined with AI could also begin to mimic human perception systems, our eyes, ears, nose, mouth, systems that allow us to interpret the world. This can be a real benefit for people who are deficient in one or more sensory abilities.

We have the opportunity to lead change, and the idea that everyone deserves to be part of building the future is essential. If we embrace the “Do nothing for us without us” philosophy and work together with people with disabilities, we can make amazing progress and reimagine computing as a whole.