The world of technology has made communication easier and more efficient than ever. We’re now able to communicate face-to-face with other people on the other side of the planet. We can hold lengthy conversations without saying a word through social media and other online channels like email.
Perhaps even more importantly, technology (especially digital technology) has helped to give a voice to the voiceless…. Quite literally. Many have either never had or have lost the ability to speak who are empowered by advances in assistive technology.
For those with Aphasia, Rett Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Motor Neurone Disease, and similar afflictions, digital technologies can facilitate clear communication where talking, and even breathing can be challenging.
At least in theory.
The frustrations of the touch screen age for wheelchair users
We live in an age where, able-bodied and disabled alike, we communicate increasingly through the use of digital devices.
Whether it’s through Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices or more quotidian tablets like iPads, digital technology has become an increasingly necessary means by which people with a range of debilitating conditions can communicate freely and effectively.
The trouble, of course, is that these can be incredibly difficult to use while in a wheelchair. Even those able-bodied enough to balance a tablet on their lap will usually find that there’s a serious risk of dropping and damaging the tablet while in transit. Let’s not forget that such devices are expensive, and in the case of AAC devices represent an investment of hundreds of hours of detailed programming, training and learning on the part of users, carers and providers. These devices mean a lot to the user and the prospect of dropping, losing or damaging them can be extremely upsetting.
That’s why mounting these devices is extremely important.