Accessibility is fast becoming a hot topic as people are becoming more aware of how widespread living with a disability is. According to research, 1 in 4 Americans lives with a disability and of this group, around 13.7% experience mobility limitations. Thanks to groundbreaking innovation in tech, living with a disability becomes a little easier to manage. Not only are there apps that track, monitor, and assist, but also a whole range of equipment that goes a long way to ensuring those who live with disabilities have more independence.
Invest in A Smartlock
It can be frustrating opening the door to a carer, especially for those with mobility issues. Cutting spare sets of keys isn’t always a great option, especially when those keys are lost or fall into the wrong hands. A keypad combination is also relatively easy to discover. A smart lock, on the other hand, allows only specific users with an app on their phone access to a property. It also allows the homeowner to disable or limit their access, which improves security substantially. For carers, the tech allows them to keep a more accurate log of their movements and there is no need for a sign-in sheet, as it’s automatically logged.
Going Beyond Just the Basics
There are a number of things you can do to make a home more accessible such as keeping the pathways clear and removing obstacles that could prove problematic for those with limited abilities. But companies like Apple and Google feel that accessibility should be taken a step further and make use of artificial intelligence (AI) to provide a responsive app for those with limited or no vision or hearing. These apps are designed to enhance the lives of those who may be excluded from technological advancements, and allow them to form part of online communities.
Voice Activation Tech
Appliances and electronics that are connected through smart technology have an added advantage when mobility is an issue. Voice activation allows homeowners and occupants to control a number of things such as lighting, the thermostat, curtains, and even certain appliances within the home. Amazon Echo and OK Google provide an extra layer of accessibility for those who have a disability.
Technology is proving to be an unparalleled aide in disrupting what is considered normal. It provides everyone with fair access to a better and more convenient way of doing life whether mobility is limited or disability is present or not.