Accessible Technology and How to Make the Most of It

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Technology shifts with mankind. Not only are we more connected in this day-and-age, but we’re also more accessible. July marks Disability Pride Month. In honour of this, today’s blog will be focusing on the beauty of accessible technology. Plus, how you can use such features on your own devices. 

What is Accessible Technology?

Accessible technology is an off-shoot of assistive technology. This is a term for devices for people with disabilities or the elderly population. Disabled people often have difficulty doing self-care and everyday activities. The technology supports for these limitations and allows for greater independence. For example, wheelchairs provide independent mobility for those who cannot walk. 

This help increases:

Today’s blog is focusing mostly on computer accessibility. This allows all people to use a computer system. 

Accessible Computing

When creating this technology many disabilities must be considered. They include, but are not limited to:

Options for Specific Disabilities

With these specific disabilities certain aspects must be thought of. 

Thinking-Related

People with learning disabilities may depend on symbols to identify products. Unfortunately, there is a limit on symbols released to the public due to copywriter laws. Therefore, “smart cards” are introduced that adjust the computer speed, text size, etcetera to their particular needs. 

Visual

Computers often require visual input and provide visual feedback. Specific measures can be put into use depending on the level of the disability:

Motor/Movement

Some people unable to use mouse or keyboard devices. Therefore, other technology exists. There are a few ways to go make this accessible:

Hearing

While sound plays a secondary role in computers, alerts and other notices are often noise-based. Thus, the system substitutes this response with visual notifications and caption texts. Additionally, modern computer animation allows for translation of content into sign language via an avatar. 

How to Access These Functions On Your Device

Some features mentioned require additional technology. However, your everyday devices can access certain fucntions. Check out how you can use them!

iPhone, iPad, iPod

To find the accessibility settings for to Setting > Accessibility. Then, you can choose:

Android

These devices can be customised in settings and with apps. They include:

About the Author

Lydia B.

Lydia B.

Lydia is a Gooroo Courses Tutor at Gooroo, a tutoring membership and online learning platform that matches students to tutors perfect for them based on their unique learning needs. Gooroo offers math, English, ESL, Spanish tutoring, and more.