Breaking Barriers

written by Xyza Angelica Agoncillo – 02/19/2017

 

Communicating with other people and coping with the environment must have always been challenging for us, persons with disabilities. Having to change the way of our daily living from one to another truly tests the length of our patience which also takes great effort, support, and understanding of our loved ones. Thankfully, with the aid of the ever-evolving technology, convenient inventions make our life and our families’ lives even just a little bit easier.

 

There are some examples which can help break the barriers that block our chances to enjoy interacting with the world as everybody else. Let us take a look at the brief description of what these things can do to assist us in our day-to-day obstacles.

 

  • American Sign Language (ASL)

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(Image from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:American_Sign_Language_ASL.svg)

ASL is a language for the deaf. It is done through the movement of the hands or fingerspelling (Wikipedia). There are many sources on the internet where people can search for images of and learn about ASL. Even mobile applications can be purchased for better and easy access.

 

  • Braille

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(Image from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Braille_closeup.jpg)

Braille is a writing system of raised dots that can be read with the fingers by people who are blind or visually impaired. It is a code which many languages may be written or read. It provides a means of literacy for people who use it in their native languages (American Foundation for the Blind, 2017).

 

  • Hearing aid

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(Image from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hearing_aid_20080620.jpg)

A hearing aid is a device designed to improve hearing. It doesn’t truly correct a hearing loss, but it is an aid to make sounds more accessible. It is classified as a medical device in most countries (Wikipedia).

 

  • Ramp

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(Image from http://rollaramp.com/m/portable-ramps)

 

Ramps permit wheelchair users to easily access a building (Wikipedia). Even portable ramp is made available as an alternative to expensive chair lifts or wooden ramps (ROLL-A-RAMP). A light portable ramp can be easily carried anywhere. With the assistance of this invention, wheelchair users wouldn’t have to worry about climbing a couple of stairs anymore.

 

Now, we know some of the technological advancements that can be of great help to us and the people who are taking care of us. However, these technologies are not the only ones we can lean on, bridging impairments is also here to support us. I am glad to share some of this knowledge with you and I hope you found this topic somewhat substantial.

 

 

 

Sources:

Wikipedia. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Sign_Language

Wikipedia. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braille

American Foundation for the Blind (2017). http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/braille/what-is-braille/123

Wikipedia. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearing_aid

Wikipedia. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheelchair_ramp

ROLL-A-RAMP. http://rollaramp.com/m/portable-ramps

 

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