Assistive Technology on Smart Phones

If you know me, you know that I am a big NPR fan. I listen all day, every day at work (much to the chagrin of some of the people who've had to cover my breaks). Every Friday at 2:00 p.m. my local station airs Science Friday, which is about, uh, science. I was never a particularly good science student, so some of the topics on that program are a bit beyond my understanding. However, sometimes Ira Flatow throws me a bone and discusses a subject I can really get into.

Today I was particularly pumped because the show featured a segment on how assistive technology helps disabled people use smart phones. Hey, I'm a disabled person! Now, the segment was not particularly helpful to me as a smart phone owner because it focused on IOS, and I'm and Android user. But I still enjoyed listening to it for a few reasons. First, it was interesting to hear how others with disabilities are using their smart phones. Second, I'm always pleased to hear that developers are building applications with disabled users in mind. Lastly, I was glad that everyone else listening was getting a glimpse into the lives of disabled people. I would guess that most people don't consider the challenges that using a smart phone can present for people with disabilities, or—if they do consider them—they just assume that people with low vision, hearing impairments, or limited mobility cannot use smart phones at all. Clearly, that is untrue. I love my smart phone! I have mentioned this before, but technology really makes my life more awesome.

Listen to the Science Friday segment here. And listen to the show every Friday because sometimes there's stuff about Diet Coke or dinosaurs.