Technology for the Disabled

An example of what I am talking about, though this article isn't about this specific thing.

Accessability Technology comes in a few flavors:

No Duh huh? Hardware can be as simple as a magnifier to use alongside glasses to deal with edge cases, or as complex as a custom portable that has rows of metalic pins that raise up to form braille for the user to read. Software gets a bit... blurry since one could argue just upping the font is adaptive since some people (Myself for instance) can get by reasonably well with just bumping font up a few notches. Others need software that can read out the screen, or eve nthose that have a braille interface with no traditional monitor.

Thing is, all of these technologies tend to be expensive either because you have to ruggidize a piece of custom hardware to deal with knocks and dings from accidental drops along with the general rigors of life, on to the simple fact that people with disabilities make up a fairly small portion of the general population....

...and sadly that portion of the general population is considered least employable, thus the problem of 'people need expensive thing to get around disability but are broke what do?'

Growing up I wondered why so many people with disabilities seemed to cycle back int othe support system for children with disabilities as instructors. Teenage me thought it was dumb and there should be work of some kind. Adult me got hit in the face with sledgehammer realization that whiel theoretically there are jobs out there? Most employers don't want to deal with the added hassles, hangups, and inevetable problems.

But that is a problem for another day. I just figured 'oh hey cool thing.' I'm all for anything that makes accessability cheaper and easier.



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