What can new technology do for you?

Choices and Rights are looking into the benefits of technology and disabled people. We are aware that there are web sites that deal with access issues, provide information, etc. but we want to try and think of new and exciting possibilities to really change things!

For example, we are looking into if speech software could be used to enable deaf people to get an instant script of what their doctor is saying to them or to allow them to attend a comedy gig without a lip speaker/sign language interpreter or palantypist.

Have you a “wish list” of what you would like technology to do for you? LET US KNOW YOUR IDEAS. Don’t worry if they sound impossible, expensive, etc., just tell us what you think. It’s also about adapting current ideas. 

For example, rather than having to go to a separate site, wouldn’t it be great if you could choose an option on Google maps, so that it instantly came up with accessible restaurants, car parking spaces, etc.?

Or how about if the hover wheelchair used by Professor X in the X-men could be a reality? (My personal favourite!)

We are hoping that we can then meet with a software developer and see what can be realistically achieved. So don’t be shy in using your imagination. Just tell us your wish list and we will see what we can do.

Please leave your comments below or email us at mark@choicesandrights.org.uk

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