New Technology, New Opportunities: The Changing World of Assistive Technology

The assistive technologies of today represent a diverse range of products, people and potentials never before seen in the field. This presentation discusses a variety of timely technology trends that are shaking up the assistive technology field and creating newfound possibilities for individuals with any disability. Trends discussed include: wearable technology, 3D printing, the internet of things, telepresence and robotics, contextual computing, digital citizenship, and the crowdfunding and do-it-yourself movements. Presenters define each trend, provide general examples of consumer technologies for each, and finally discuss each trend’s implication to disability and demo assistive technologies related to each trend area.