How can you do your bit to support people with disabilities? We all know that technology has the potential of revolutionizing persons with disabilities. Earlier, a bedridden person was no more than a vegetable. His or her entire life would be spent being cared for by family members.
However, it is possible to make use of technologies to regain control and independence. One can control the bed, television, computer and other facilities by simply breathing into or out of a tube. These technologies have helped individuals enjoy life better. Of course, such persons will still remain bedridden. However, they need not be constantly dependent on others for basic activities.
The biggest disadvantage with these technologies is the expenses involved. Secondly, most individuals are forced to opt for universal design. The end result of this approach is that there is no scope for customization. Going in for customized technology from the scratch is going to cost a lot of money. Well, you can do your bit by using the equipment in your hand in a better manner.
Rather than throwing your keyboard, you can spread word that you are ready to offer the keyboard as an experimental device for any person who wishes to try and modify it for disabled persons. If an existing keyboard can be improved and if size of the keys can be enhanced, it might help a person with visual disability to see the keyboard better at lower cost.
Having a reasonable quality keyboard to begin with and getting it at low cost will help the service provider offer cheap services. Whether this approach will work or not is uncertain.
However, what matters is the desire to make a difference. Most persons have good intentions but never proceed to translate it into real work. You can make a difference by starting to act on your intentions today.