An Assistive Technology Device Can Be As Simple As A Magnifying Glass

An Assistive Technology Device Can Be As Simple As A Magnifying Glass

In today’s world, we are already using assistive technology devices in the form of corrective glasses and lens to increase visual acuity and clarity.  How many of us have reached for a Magnifying glass to read the small print on a medicine bottle in order to find out how many pills to take.  Some of us receive our phone calls through a wireless device directly attached to our ear.  This frees our hands to do other things like drive a car.  Using a cane or a walker can bring a sense of stability and increase mobility in an individual who has experienced a loss of balance or muscle weakness.

These miraculous devices, from the most simple to the more complex, enhance our lives and make it possible for us to complete tasks and interact with others in ways that would be impossible without them.  In a sense, they extend who we are and give us the potential to be more productive and fulfilled.

We live in an age where there are many computer-generated devices and software programs, which can serve as useful teaching tools to increase learning functions, such as problem solving skills or reaction speed.  There are many companies, including the big software developers that include features, which make the product more useful for individuals with specific disabilities. Microsoft incorporates a speech-to-text function in which the text on the screen can be highlighted and read by a computer-generated voice.

The biggest problem is that companies, developing products designed to assist individuals with disabilities, can’t keep up with the constant changes in the ways new computers work.  Most computer-based assistive products work along with an existing computer.  This means that in order to operate effectively, the assistive product has to work with the computer that you own which may be several years old or brand new.