I’ve been thinking about getting a tablet for a few months. I wanted a device that I could listen to music, check my email, read books and use as a digital photo album. I purchased the Barnes and Noble Nook Color.
One of the reasons I bought the Nook was because I had accumulated a few Barnes and Noble gift cards over the years and needed to use them. I also got the e-reader to see how easy it is to use for a person with limited physical ability. It’s hard for me to hold a book and turn the pages. So, with a flick of my wrist, I can read a book and browse through pictures without any difficulty.
Another piece of technology that’s important for people with disabilities to carry is a cell phone. There have been a number of occasions where I’ve been stranded and wouldn’t have been able to call for help without my phone. My wheelchair has stopped working while I was by myself and I had to call the mechanics to get me rolling again.
I also like that smart phones are essentially mini computers. It’s much easier to store contacts and place events on the calendar. I don’t have to try to balance an address book and Day-Timer on my lap. Sometimes, we depend too much on technology, but I think it comes in handy when we really need it.
How has technology helped you live a more productive life while living with a disability?