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"Assistive technology" in need of assistance

Yael Elstein - Head of Technology Consulting Center, Beit Issie Shapiro


For people with disabilities, technology is not just "Nice to Have", but a "Must". It is critical for inclusion, independence and quality of life. On one hand, advanced technology opens up a world of opportunities today unimaginable twenty years ago: From voice-control, text-to-speech and designated apps such as money readers for the blind, to devices that enable wheelchair users to walk and 3D printers that have revolutionized the development of assistive aids and made them affordable. Furthermore, many of us are unaware that the innovations we all benefit from and take for granted, such as telephone vibration, voice activation or word prediction (autocomplete) were initially designed for people with disabilities. On the other hand, technology that is not made accessible for people with disabilities can lead to exclusion and the deepening of social gaps.


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The article was published on The Jerusalem Post website.


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