We have covered various factors that contribute to the increasing need for innovation and competition in the assistive technology industry, especially at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, we see a historical lack of innovation and competition in this space. Although big players in the tech industry are scaling up resources focused on accessibility and considering accessible design requirements in the earlier stages of development, it's important to explore some of the economic benefits of investing time and development into assistive technology (AT).
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The Socioeconomic Impact of Assistive Technology
Technology and Social Isolation
At one time or another, we have all felt varying degrees of social isolation, loneliness, and depression. With the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, while many of us have been forced to stay at home alone, these feelings have become all-too-familiar. We are all looking forward to a COVID-free future where we can reunite with our family, friends, and loved ones. However, as we think about our struggles and brighter days ahead, it is important to remember that for people with disabilities and the elderly, this "new" normal is not at all new. Studies have shown that people with disabilities disproportionately experience feelings of loneliness and depression. This is often a result of the many barriers imposed upon them, stemming from a variety of sources, including weather, restricted access to family, friends, and social gatherings, and many other factors beyond their control.