I’ve been thinking about how much technology and disability aids play a role in my day-to-day life. Living with my disability can sometimes be hard but technology makes it so much easier. I’m going to write about some of mine and my friend’s experiences of using technology that has helped us, but also some of the simpler gadgets and tricks that you may not expect to be as transforming as they are.
(a zero gravity pen, or a pencil?)
The BBC recently published an article about technology in schools, and whether our country’s kids are being bombarded with it, when it may not even be useful to them! With this in mind, I thought I’d write a blog on disabled people’s technology at University, both when the technology given is helpful – and when it really isn’t!
My experience of University is that anywhere that you want to study in is going to be busy and the library is one of the most difficult places to navigate and use at the best of times. There are always streams of students printing off essays, discussing group work, and eating the odd snack whilst finishing off their out-of-lectures reading! But what about when you’ve got a disability? Although every University library is different, I decided to write a little bit about mine and provide some access improvements of my own!
This week, I’ll be discussing how speech recognition can be used to control computer technology. This is nothing new, however, it is often misunderstood and as it’s being rolled out to different computer platforms with differing success and considerations, we thought we’d better take a fresh look.
If you like Star Trek, you’ll know that the Borg are part lifeform, part machine! Wearable Technology might not quite be the same thing but I thought I’d have a look and see what wearable technology we could adapt to serve the needs of disabled people (sorry…that’s more Star Trek 😉