Technology

Technology has so many functions that help transform the lives of people who have disabilities both in a small and a massive way. Here the links and videos give insight into a small number of ways technology is reducing disability, transforming lives and giving people true independence. It is often both exploring and talking to professionals about how technology can help your condition.    

A few articles:

7 Tech Breakthroughs That Empower People with Disabilities Machable UK https://mashable.com/2011/10/05/tech-disabled/?europe=true

The tech giving people power to deal with disability BBC News https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35427933

Google Driverless Car 

Robotic Exoskeleton helps a paralyzed man walk CNET 

FES Technology for foot drop technology there are many types useful for many conditions like Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, incomplete spinal injury and MS, It has NICE UK NHS Guidelines. 

Ottobock is the leading prosthetic company also specialist in neurological rehabilitation with Functional Electrical Stimulation devises, orthotics, wheelchairs and specialist seating https://www.ottobock.co.uk

5 amazing gadgets that are helping the blind see FROM Digital trends article  https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/blind-technologies

RNIB See Differently https://www.rnib.org.uk/practical-help/technology-hub technology for people who are blind or partially sighted

Cochlear implant technology activation day https://youtu.be/0B8Zj62LoUg

Websites about technology assistance for disability

Ability Net offers adaptive technology for people with disabilities they have a wide range of different factsheet suggestions based on condition. Helps people with disabilities use technology the best and most effective way at home, at work or in education https://www.abilitynet.org.uk

My Web My Way BBC website making the web easier to use and making computers more accessible http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility

Call Scotland have lots of downloads, leaflets, books and app wheels for making technology work for different conditions be that Dyslexia, autism, physical disability such as switches, or other conditions https://www.callscotland.org.uk/downloads

Shaw Trust IT Challenge for young people with disabilities to demonstrate IT skills if aged 13-24 you can apply if you have a physical disability, sensory disability, autism, learning difficulty like dyslexia or other disability you can then represent the UK at the globe UK challenge in India. To get this chance you have to attend  a three day event that tests your IT Skills like using excel, your IT abilities like programing and your creativity https://youtu.be/fTe02ssTonc  https://www.shaw-trust.org.uk/en-GB/Media-policy/The-UK-IT-Challenge-(1)

Skills OTs with apps and technology see www.otswithapps.com is a website were a trained occupational therapist reviews and blogs about apps she has used with children and adults  

BDA Technology https://bdatech.org is focused on technology reviewed recommended by the BDA

My Studybar is an online set of tools that can be downloaded that include a screen reader text to speech, help to organise ideas with mind mapping, colour overlays that can help with Dyslexia and visual stress and help to improve typing   https://www.eduapps.org/mystudybar

Specialbites is a technology website offering lots of free online games that work with switches for those that have a physical disability that means they struggle with co-ordination. The games are also good for developing basic mouse skills and work also as touch screen www.specialbites.com 

AppyAutism is a website containing a very large database of information about applications for computers, tablets and smart phones that are aimed at those with autism to help with independence and life. The technology such as the apps that feature are regularly updated http://www.appyautism.com/en

Call Scotland is known for its technology to help disability and its app wheels for different conditions they also have a large app book ‘I Pads for Communication, Access, literacy and Learning’  covering Communication apps, access apps and literacy and education apps https://www.callscotland.org.uk/downloads/books/ipads-for-communication-access-literacy-and-learning

Special Effects is a small disability gaming charity showing the ways to make gaming truly accessible to physical disabilities. They are based in Oxfordshire https://www.specialeffect.org.uk

Dragon Naturally Speaking voice to text so you can type using your voice https://www.nuance.com/dragon.html

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