Five Innovations That Help Mitigate The Negative Effects Of Disabilities


The age of technology has altered the way we interact with our world. These developments had made work easier and more efficient. It is used to make our lives easier and allowed people with special needs to better integrate themselves into society. Here are some examples of the latest technological innovations created to assist those with special needs.




DOT is a smartwatch designed for visually impaired people. It is Bluetooth-connected to your smartphone and can almost instantly translate any text message, tweet, or Facebook post. It is also an open-source technology that allows more developers to create more programs and features for it.


The DOT company sought to remove the high cost that visually challenged individuals have to pay for if they want e-braille systems. Furthermore, the older e-braille systems are quite bulky, so they took inspiration from the smartwatches.


The device works by using four braille cells, which rise to form up to four letters a time. It connects to your phone or any other device through Bluetooth. Then it will translate the letters to braille.


Compared to other systems with similar functions, it is quite affordable at the starting price of 250 USD. The company truly aims to help disabled individuals gain a better foothold in the digital age.




It is quite simple for the deaf to communicate one-on-one with other people through sign language. However, it is another level of difficulty for them when it comes to group conversations. This is where Transcence comes in.


Transcence uses the phonemic to convert the ongoing conversation into speech bubbles, much like how a text messaging application would work. Besides that, Transcence can also differentiate the speakers' voices and display the text with colored bubbles that correspond to each speaker.




Earlier last year, eye trackers that work with iPads were released. With these trackers, it is now possible to control your iPad through the use of eye movies. It is relatively simple to use, allowing independence in usage. Additionally, these types of devices are recommended for a lot of different impairments. Especially, conditions impair an individual’s range of motion like ALS, Rett Syndrome, or Spinal Cord Injuries.




Some people have special conditions or disabilities that hinder their ability to brush their teeth. Inventions like the Y-Brush, a retainer-shaped brush, helps these individuals clean their oral cavity with ease.


The brushes come in retainer-like containers, and to use them, you only need simple gestures. It relies on sonic vibration and thousands of nylon filaments to remove the dental plaque.


Chord Assist


Joe Birch, the developer of the device, is a musician diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa — a genetic eye disease that gradually steals a person’s vision. With his software development skills, he developed this guitar to allow himself and others to play music.


You can ask the guitar how to play certain chords and it will teach you how to do so. The device can also be connected to an LCD screen for the deaf and Braille for the blind. 




Although some devices help disability and special needs persons in their daily chores, the world does not stop innovating for better lives. NDIS participants looking to avail themselves of technologies as mentioned above can ask for the assistance of their plan management coordinator.


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