Technology has improved exponentially in the last 50 years. For instance, the first steam engine was patented in 1698 but it wasn’t till the 1800’s that steam was used for locomotives. In the late 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century however, technology moved so rapidly that in the space of one generation we saw the fall of the supercomputer, the introduction of the personal computer, the laptop and then the smart phone, which is essentially a mini computer.Technology didn’t just improve things for the general public; it also improved life for a lot of people with special needs. Many different software and hardware is now used to make their lives easeir.
The ability to communicate effectively gives anyone a certain amount of mobility Australia within the social hierarchy and the most illuminating example of this is the late Stephen Hawking who suffered from crippling Lou Gherig’s disease. He lost all movement in his body except in a single cheek muscle but still gave lectures and communicated effectively with the use of a speech generating device controlled initially by hand and then, his single working cheek muscle.
For those who face physical challenges with movement, the most common solution for many decades has been the wheelchair. However, there are some disabilities and injuries where the individual cannot be lifted into one, nor can they be moved manually because that would cause more harm. This is where inventions such as the good quality sling hoist lifter has come in handy. It can be installed in a room next to a bed (there are also mobile ones that can assembled and re-assembled) and then the patient is gently laid on top of that and it is used to lower said patient onto a wheelchair or normal chair. It is safe and it keeps the body prone without jerking them around unnecessarily.
More than anything else however, the development of technology has allowed for the reclaiming of basic human dignity in those with special needs. No one likes to be helpless or require help for basic human functions such as brushing their teeth etc. and simple inventions such as the electric toothbrush has allowed even those with weak limbs to perform those functions themselves. Walking is easier, talking is easier. Plenty of people have access to careers and other opportunities that would never have been possible before because of technology and all its miracles. Thus, technology has truly opened doors for many disadvantaged segments of society and we can only look forward to more amazing innovations in the future.