The only “disabling” thing about living with a disability is the inconvenience presented by things designed to meet the needs of most people. If you are in a wheelchair, a long flight of stairs presents a challenge. By removing barriers to access, for example by building wheelchair ramps, it is possible to minimize inconvenience for people with disabilities. Although ramps are not a new invention, there are many technologies that can be used to help people with disabilities.
Assistive technologies are applications of modern technology that make it easier for people with disabilities to live their lives independently and with confidence. The first law specifically advocating the development of assistive technologies is the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988. Since then, numerous laws have been passed to expand the use of assistive technologies and support their development.
Many of the early applications of assistive technology were aimed at people with hearing problems. For decades, telecommunications companies have been required to provide text-to-speech conversion systems for the hearing impaired, including teletext and closed captioning. These systems were implemented before the development of efficient computer-based text-to-speech, so they were made by people trained in real-time listening and typing.
Assistive technologies for the use of computers have exploded in recent years, access to computers and the Internet having become a crucial component of modern life. With the help of screen readers and similar technologies, people with visual impairments can use the Internet almost as easily as a person without a visual impairment. This has given visually impaired people access to the wealth of information available online.
In addition to technologies for the hearing and visually impaired, people with other types of disabilities also benefit from the technology. Mobility technology and sustainable medical equipment allow people with conditions such as cerebral palsy to move around independently, which would have been nearly impossible not so long ago. Mobility technologies have also helped many older people live much fuller lives than they otherwise would.
If you live with a disability, you can apply for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration to help pay for assistive technology. The process of collecting social security benefits, however, can be difficult. Only a lawyer can help you get the technology you need.
Hankey Law Office’s experienced Indiana disability attorneys are here to help. To discuss your case directly with a Indianapolis Disability Lawyer, call the Hankey Law Firm today.
Source by Joseph Devine