Sleek wheelchairs, stylish walking sticks, powered body suits and eye writing technology: New Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum accessible design exhibit shows a bright future for aging adults and people with disabilities.
Voice-controlled technology like Amazon Echo, Siri or hands-free features in Google Maps are things we’re starting to take for granted. But as Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report noted, voice controls are changing computer-human interfaces, and industries, broadly.
When landscape architect Steve Saling was diagnosed with ALS in 2006, he was determined to live as well as he could. “Our society treats prisoners with more dignity and respect than the chronically disabled,” Saling told CNN. “[They’re] kept alive but with no life.”
RESNA is the premier professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. RESNA advances the field by offering certification, continuing education, and professional development; developing assistive technology standards; promoting research and public policy; and sponsoring forums for the exchange of information and ideas to meet the needs of our multidisciplinary constituency.