How we can all become superhumans thanks to assistive technology and inclusion

Phonak HA hearing aids

Phonak HA hearing aids

As we follow the exciting Paralympic Games, we’re seeing how assistive technology in the form of specific sport-adapted wheelchairs; balls that bleep; and specially designed prosthetics are helping athletes win medals that rattle .

But you don’t have to be a Rio Paralympics elite athlete to reap the benefit of assistive technology. High-tech and low-tech – assistive, adaptive and rehabilitative devices are helping millions of ordinary people gain greater independence and enjoy fully-rounded participation in more and more activities.

And at the Inclusion Conference on 27th September in Leeds you can find out more about what is available. Adie Platts, owner of AJP Technologies, gives us a sneak preview of his conference presentation and the workshops he is holding. 

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Adie Platts, owner, AJP Technologies

 

Adie says: “The Assisted Technology (AT) industry has moved on enormously over the last 15 – 20 years and one of the main drivers has been employment needs. Employment barriers have encouraged manufacturers to respond by investing in the design and development of both low and high-tech devices and equipment. Funding for ‘Access to Work’ and ‘Disabled Students Allowance’ have also made a significant difference to business investment and subsequent development in AT.”

 

As an example, Adie points out that 20 years ago, there were only a few mainstream electronic magnifiers on the market – all of which were bulky and at the time very expensive.

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SuperNova magnifier

Thanks to new funding becoming available, companies began developing more streamlined and cost-effective models which small employers and individuals could afford. Similarly, scanners that read back text and spell-checkers for dyslexics were produced – types of products that are now available as apps on hand held devices.

As well as addressing physical barriers to working, Adie believes that it is important to challenge workplace attitudes and ways of working that are disabling barriers in themselves.

At the conference on Tuesday 27th September, Adie will present ‘Let there be light!’ – an introduction to light sensitivity in the workplace. Here, he will cover:

  • Overview of conditions that cause light sensitivity
  • Past and present lighting control techniques and management
  • The impact of light sensitivity disablement on productivity
  • What adjustments can be made

Conference tickets are free and still available – to book yours, click here

On Thursday 28th September at The Carriageworks, Adie will run two workshops.

The visual impairment workshop is entitled ‘What can you see?’ and will cover:

  • An overview of visual impairment / complete loss of sight
  • Assistive technologies and the barriers to these
  • Types of support and equipment
  • Who to ask and where to turn

The hearing impairment workshop is entitled ‘Listen up! – hearing loss in the workplace’. This workshop includes the demonstration of a current assistive device. Delegates are invited to bring along their own earphones for a unique hearing experience.

‘Listen up!’ will look at:

  • The different types of hearing aids
  • Types of support and equipment
  • Wearing a hearing aid in the workplace
  • Who to ask and where to turn

To book your free place at these workshops, click here

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