DisConnect: Assistive Technology
Let's DisConnect and chat about Assistive Technology and Adaptive Technology.
Assistive Technology (AT) is an object, device, or system, that is used by folks with disabilities for increased functionality and independence when completing day-to-day tasks. Things like self-care, house chores, navigation, and communication. But, it isn’t always designed specifically for this purpose.
Example: Voice Assistants like Siri or Alexa. They allow us to talk to our devices and tell them what we want or need! A great tool for many of us, while also accommodating a wide range of disabilities, including those related to mobility, vision, and cognition.
Adaptive Technology is a subset of AT that serves the same purpose, but is designed specifically for folks with disabilities.
Example: Screen Reader Software. It converts all text content on a screen to speech or braille, providing information access in a non-visual way. This is especially important for some folks who have low vision, are blind, or d/Deafblind.
Assistive technology, at all levels, empowers people with disabilities to independently interact with and navigate the world. Society must be structured and educated in a way that is not just compatible with this technology, but also aware of its tremendous value.