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. Mashable 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 paralysed 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 and also specialise in neurological rehabilitation with Functional Electrical Stimulation devices, 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://youtube/0B8Zj62LoUg
Websites about technology assistance for disability.
Ability Net offers adaptive technology for people with disabilities. They have a wide range of different fact sheet suggestions based on condition. It 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 and 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 programming and your creativity. https://youtube/fTe02ssTonc https://www.shaw-trust.org.uk/en-GB/Media-policy/The-UK-IT-Challenge-(1)
Skills OTs with Apps and Technology. www.otswithapps.com is a website were a trained Occupational Therapist reviews and blogs about apps she has used with children and adult.
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 ‘iPads 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