Adaptive technology can significantly improve the independence and quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Here are some examples:
- Screen readers – Software that verbalizes what is on the screen allows blind and low vision users to access digital information.
- Voice recognition software – Programs that allow users to control computers and devices with spoken commands benefit those with limited mobility, dexterity issues or visual impairments.
- Switches – Specialized switches that can be activated using a sip-and-puff tube, foot pedals or head movements help people with limited hand function operate devices.
- Adapted keyboards and mice -Modified input devices that are larger, have keyguard overlays or switches provide accessible alternatives for people with disabilities.
- Magnification software – Programs that enlarge screen content are useful for low vision users to access computers and mobile devices.
- Braille displays – Devices that convert on-screen text to Braille cells allow blind users to read digital information independently.
- Image labellers – Software that can verbally describe photos enable blind and visually impaired individuals to identify and understand images.
When choosing adaptive technology, it is important to consider the person’s specific needs and abilities. A specialist can recommend the right tools after evaluating an individual’s goals, capabilities, and the tasks they need to accomplish.