WHAT: “Technology showcase: improving access for people with disabilities”
WHERE: Disability Information and Resource Centre, Jubilee Pavilion, Stand no 163, AEEC, Wayville Showgrounds
WHEN: Friday 13 August 2010
How lucky are you if you don’t live with a disability? But imagine if you did. You need lots of support; everything costs more. You cannot just jump in the car and drive to the doctor, dentist or supermarket.
According to a report from Stanford University, 15 years ago, 40-50 million individuals in the United States had one or more disabilities.
"But what about our Australians?" asks Shelley Elder of Australian access technology firm Axeze. "Do we even know the number? The country must develop a viable strategy for including people with disabilities in technology use."
Elder notes that blind people were among the first people with disabilities to benefit significantly from computer technology and are keen to experience more technological solutions within their environment.
In today’s technological age, life for all of us is becoming easier and easier but technology is giving the disabled a freedom and independence that has never been experienced ever before
Axeze has conducted extensive research and talked to hundreds of people with disabilities about their challenges and how their life changed as a result of technology. Here are some case studies:
Fred was unable to use his arms and lives in a wheelchair. He and his parents wanted to provide him with as independent a life as possible. He was sick of having to give out keys to all his support carers, and having to replace them regularly. He struggled with keys to enter his home, to disable the alarm, turn on the lights or to lock the doors and set the alarm as he left. In fact, he could not do this himself and therefore was reliant on friends, family or carers. Living independently with technology means that he is living life to its fullest.
Galan, injured years ago in a diving accident, was paralyzed from the shoulders down but that did not stop this determined and dynamic person from living as normal a life as humanly possible. Despite his serious disability, he excels at using a computer for complex tasks, thanks to a research program at Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI). Galan worked at the project writing letters, using the telephone, writing and answering e-mails, surfing the Web and designing Web pages as part of his everyday routine.
Robert, who was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa as he finalized his studies as a specialist in the medical arena, has converted to General Practice and works every day despite his disability. He is unable to drive, but perfectly capable of working. On the odd occasion, he may seek the support of a doctor working in the practice to confirm a diagnosis. He functions very well in his second career, but has difficulty with things like lights and keys.
Naomi, disabled since childhood, uses a wheelchair for everyday life, yet works as a freelance photographer and recently won a grant to enable her to hold a photographic exhibition.
"These are only a few people facing difficulties today," Elder says. "Their lives are not only full of challenges, they are full of additional costs. They need support, but they want independence."
Axeze and energy control company Kristil have merged their technologies to design a solution for a West Australian person living with severe disabilities.
“We sat together with his family and designed a solution that provided him with a totally automated home,” said Ross Campbell of Kristil. “Kristil is the trigger that creates the events and even saves the client money by controlling and managing energy in the home.
“Axeze, an Australian company that develops keyless entry systems, designed an antenna to sit in concrete, so that when our client walked his chair within the range of the antenna, the doors would unlock, open, alarm would disable, heating/cooling would turn on. All automatically! The savings are immeasurable. It is not only the cost. It’s about increased security, increased control and increased independence.”
Axeze and Kristil are demonstrating the benefits of combining technologies at the Disability Information and Resource Centre on Friday 13 August 2010 at AEEC Wayville Showgrounds, Jubilee Pavilion, Stand no 163, or visit www.axeze.com.au
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