6 Assistive Devices to for Those with Disabilities

Advances in technology are always with the aim to make life easier for everyone – but this is especially important for those who have disabilities. True, people who have limited mobility, speech impairment, visual impairment, and difficulties with motion have been able to live their lives unassisted for decades. However, recent advancements are making things even easier for such people.

There are a variety of gadgets and apps that can ease the everyday obstacles that people with disabilities face. The following are just a few assistive devices that can make your or your loved one’s life so much easier. 

1. Dot

Dot allows those who are blind read Braille everywhere they go. It’s similar to a smartwatch in that’s it’s wearable and can translate text into Braille for its owner. It’s the world’s first Braille smartwatch and offers an affordable alternative to regular e-Braille devices which can cost thousands of dollars.

It functions with four cells located on the surface of the tool that has six dots. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth to retrieve and translate text from messages, emails, tweets, and eBooks almost anywhere and at any time.

2. Talkitt

For those who live with language or speech disorders, Talkitt is an innovative tool to help them communicate with others. For example, if you find it difficult to make yourself understood by others, this application has the ability to translate pronunciation that is even nearing unintelligible.

The app works in any language and works by learning your speech patterns first, creating your own personal dictionary, and identifying and recognizing your way of speaking. It them forms your speech into something that others will understand the first time. 

3. Chair Lift

While not the newest invention on this list, chair lifts are still one of the most reliable devices for those who want to live independently if they have limited mobility. Chair lifts, also commonly referred to as stairlifts, are electronic seats that take you from the bottom of the staircase to the top, and vice-versa.

Many chairlifts now have upgrades such as swivel seats, soft start and stop features, and advanced user controls which all make living with limited mobility easier. You can learn more regarding any stair lifts by reading comprehensive reviews to choose the best one for you.

4. Finger Reader

Another great tool for those who have any type of visual impairment is the Finger Reader, a wearable gadget that can help you read text. Unlike the Dot, it can help read printed text in books. It can also read text on an electronic device and work as a translation tool.

It works simply: you point the device at a body of text one line at a time and receive real-time audio feedback. It operates through a small camera which scans the text as you go. The Finger Reader vibrates when you’re at the start of a line, end of a line, moving to a different line, and when you move your finger too far from the baseline.

5. AXS Map

Accessible places are so important for those who have disabilities. Wheelchair ramps and wheelchair-accessible restrooms are not something able-bodied people think about. However, it’s a constant thing that disabled people have to consider when they go out.

AXS Map is an app that can make this something you don’t have to worry about. It’s a crowdsourced map that contains information about where these resources can be found in public places like hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, and more. The map also has information about how these facilities are designed through the use of star ratings.

6. Transcence

Those who are deaf have no problem communicating as they utilize sign language and can often lip read. However, it can get complicated when you’re involved in a group chat or conference. That’s where Transcence comes in.

This app utilizes the microphone of each smartphone of the participants in the conversation. The application catches what’s being said and converts into text in real time. Every speaker has their own text bubble that’s differentiated by color, much like when you text in a regular group conversation.

The Bottom Line

Technology is making it easier than ever for people to live life without hinderances. There is now a solution to almost any obstacle that people with limited mobility or other disabilities face – the word about them just needs to spread!