Benefits Of Assistive Technologies And Gadgets For People With Disabilities

An estimated 15% of the global population – 1 billion people – live with some form of disability. Physical impairments can cause the loss of mobility, independence and freedom, and may also lead to mental issues such as anxiety, depression, frustration and anger. Fortunately, advancements in technology have made it possible to make life easier and improve its quality for individuals with living with a disability. Here’s how gadgets and assistive tech can help in day-to-day living.

Improvement In Mobility And Autonomy

A physical disability restricts your freedom of movement, and may prevent you from doing things on your own without the assistance of others. Assistive devices can help deliver independence in these circumstances. For example, children with cerebral palsy often experience difficulties with motor skills, which affects movement and maintaining balance and posture. They may have limited motor function, restricting their ability to move the fingers and grasp objects. Indoor activities that help strengthen their muscles and improve coordination are, therefore, vital. When a child sorts games or sculpts a Play-Doh, these activities enhance their fine motor skills. Assistive devices such as weighted pens, slanted writing boards, or pen grips assist in learning writing skills without bringing pain to the different parts of the body.

Technology also aids in promoting mobility regardless of which body part is affected. Wheelchairs, walking aids, and canes make it possible for those with a physical disability move and go about their daily lives. If your handicap limits you from performing tedious housework, cleaning robots are the solution. Because it is not easy to vacuum while you are sitting on a chair and even more so if you must clean under beds or couches despite fancy attachments, robotic equipment can take a huge burden off your shoulders. People who have lost function of a body part can also opt for prosthetic limbs. Whether you aim to regain lost function or enhance flexibility, artificial limbs let you do daily activities such as walking, dressing, or eating without assistance from another person.

Promotion of Mental Health and Well-Being

By increasing participation to different activities including remunerated ones, independence is boosted and lives can be enriched. Independent living helps as well in promoting good mental health and a sense of overall wellbeing. Reduced dependence on loved ones for daily functioning gives an impetus to people with impairments to live on their own and reduces feelings of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. In its place, you will find self-confident individuals who lead healthy and dignified lives.

The consequences of independence and autonomy among those with disabilities are far-reaching. In addition to reducing pressures on the health system, it also relieves the burden on health workers and caregivers since fewer people require continuous formal care. Social and health care workers will not feel overwhelmed. Furthermore, if you do not feel excluded and isolated from society, you feel well, productive, and are less likely to contract diseases that will require hospital treatment. An improved sense of physical and mental well-being also delays or prevents the need for long-term care.

Management Of Potential Risks

Assistive tech can improve the safety of people with infirmities. If your loved one is aging in place and has limited mobility, devices can help alert you if they need assistance. You can also monitor their health from a distance using wearables that may be attached around their necks or wrists. Alerts are issued if they fall or slip, and may also include a panic button that they can quickly press to summon help. Specialized bed handles make it safe to get in and out of bed, while buttoning aid hooks help those with reduced dexterity or fine motor impairment to dress safely. In addition, you can get seniors grappling with dementia or memory loss a voice-controlled alarm clock that will remind them of appointments, daily tasks, and medication schedules.

Children’s safety will also benefit from the use of assistive tech and devices. To illustrate, hearing problems are associated with increased safety risks. Adults and children alike can make use of hearing aids or cochlear implants, which stimulate the auditory nerve to enable hearing. For the visually impaired, portable magnifiers, screen readers, and braille watches assist with daily tasks. Other useful equipment includes electronic travel aids – gadgets that use sensors to detect and localize objects for safe mobility. If you have reduced vision due to macular degeneration and other eye diseases, opt for electronic glasses that enhance and magnify sight. Low-vision devices that respond to voice commands are also available: a convenient gadget if you have fine motor skills impairment.

Living with a disability is not easy. The good news is that technology is keeping up fast, offering a range of devices that improve mobility safely, boost participation rates in daily activities, and enhance the quality of life.

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