The great explainer of the universe lived in a time when researchers rapidly developed technology to assist people with physical limitations in achieving increased independence.
A growing number of companies are developing assistive technologies to help disabled people walk—but these devices can distract from infrastructure changes that would make cities more disability-friendly.
A class project to help the blind turned into a mission for Rohan Paul.
The ‘hearing loop’ is a remarkable advance, but all too hard to find in the U.S.
Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, has been making a big global push this year to aid the one billion people around the world living with disabilities. To further that goal, it’s just awarded $20 million to the 30 nonprofits it believes could benefit most from its tech and data-driven approach to charitable giving. From open source electric wheelchairs to multi-lingual keyboards you can control with eye-tracking technology, the chosen projects focus on solutions for disabled people in five main categories: education, communication, mobility, independence, and employment.
The emergence of mobile “assistive” technologies, influenced heavily by the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 25 years ago, marks a major step forward for people with disabilities, unlocking unprecedented new possibilities for communication, navigation and independence.
Worldwide, around a billion people have a disability, says the World Health Organisation.
In Europe and America, this is one in five people. And since they are less likely to be in work, their poverty rate is about twice as high.
So technologies that could help disabled people contribute more in the workplace - and improve their quality of life - are surely welcome.
As one researcher notes, “I think we’re in the middle of a revolution in technology for people with impairments.”
The American’s with Disabilities Act has influenced development of smartphones, tablets and other mobile gadgets to help the disabled
CATCH combines the expertise of three research groups at the University of Sheffield: Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Group (RAT Group), the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) and the Telehealth and Care Technologies theme of CLAHRC YH.