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Assistive Devices for Quadriplegics

  2019 Jun 20

People who suffer from quadriplegia face a number of difficulties in their day-to-day activities that, without help, make their lives a continuous struggle to get done even the simplest of things.

Nevertheless, in our days we can find a vast array of assistive devices that can ease these difficulties. In this article we aim to list some examples.

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Speaking machines for disabled people

  2019 Jun 19

Disabled people are sometimes unable to use their own voice to communicate effectively through words and sentences as most people. One solution for many of them is to resort to some kind of speaking machines that supplement or replace their speech.

There are many options of speaking machines for disabled people right now on the market, with different ways of access, input, display, speech generation and types of device.

In this article we try to categorize them and give an overview of what is possible right now for different needs of people with different disabilities.

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Tablets for disabled adults and accessibility solutions

  2019 Jun 18

Tablets and smartphones have gradually displaced desktop computers in our daily tasks. They are powerful processors that accompany us wherever we go, and we can give them countless uses at any time. Now we are able to communicate, learn, work, play… anywhere; we carry a digital revolution in our pocket.

As with everybody else, tablets play a prominent role in the lives of disabled adults and children with different types of impairments: physical, cognitive, hearing, speaking and visual.

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Input devices for disabled computer users (part 1)

  2019 Jun 13

The history of personal computers is inevitably linked to input devices. At the beginning, in the seventies, there was the electronic keyboard, but soon many other ways to enter data in the computer followed. It was the eclosion of a myriad of input peripherals, gadgets specifically designed to aid the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

But, what about disabled computer users? Are these input devices suitable for them? As we will see, many of these devices have been designed with universal accessibility criteria in mind. Also, there exist many adapted devices specifically designed for persons with disabilities.

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Hands free phones for disabled people

  2019 Jun 12

Mobile technology has changed our life in the last 10 years. Two thirds of the world population own a mobile phone and according to GSMA, there are now almost 9 billion mobile connections worldwide.

Tablets and smartphones have become a key element in our daily life. They have changed the way in which we communicate with friends and family and the way in which we perceive the world: messaging apps, social networks, online TV or GPS navigation are just a few examples of services that we cannot live without. Being connected anywhere anytime is part of our culture.

But the question remains: is this technology accessible to everyone?

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List of AAC devices

  2019 Jun 07

Communication is something that most of us take for granted and language is the most important tool for communication and social exchange with other people. People with impaired language development can suffer severe consequences like isolation and reduced quality of life.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices (AAC devices) help to initiate communication, solidify it or lead it to alternative ways. These tools give speech or a means to communicate to people with disabilities. For them, Augmentative Alternative Communication makes a huge difference.

In this article we explore what AAC devices are, who can benefit from them, existing types and comprehensive lists of AAC devices, both dedicated and non-dedicated.

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