The Blade runner from South Africa is what he was christened as. Oscar Pistorius introduced the world to a new form of assistive technology. At the time, he used carbon fiber prosthetic blades, and won multiple gold medals in the Paralympics. The notch has presently gone higher.
There is a myriad of assistive technology that caters for varying forms of disabilities. This is from learning, to activities of daily living. A pair of young innovators in Kenya recently developed a hand glove that translates sign language into audio speech! This is such a milestone for innovators in Kenya as well as persons with disabilities. The gap between technology and assistive requirements for people with disabilities seems to be narrowing fast.
We are therefore at the cusp of great exploits. Technology seems to have the solutions over barriers that have over time created disability in the environmental and in part, social contexts. Persons with disabilities sharing their challenges to be fully included in society go a long way in informing innovators modalities to bridge these gaps. With increased collaborative efforts and support, disability, in time, will shrink.
Which form of assistive technology would you wish was invented?