Technology and Accessibility

On one hand, technology has enabled many people access to avenues that would have been otherwise closed. On the other hand, many of the latest and most important technologies impact certain physical capacities more than others; from telephones and radio to televisions and automobiles, nearly all of the most major innovations of the 20th Century have required certain capabilities that not all human beings possess.

Lifestyle improvements by technology include many fun oriented activities previously unavailable to everyone. Can’t access the casino because it’s in a faraway city? No problem. Perhaps the laws of your state or country prohibit you from playing your favorite game of slots, but nowadays you can search for “online slots USA” and technology provides instant access to a bevy of choices never before available to you. And accessibility is granted even when other forces are prohibitive, such as when you are disabled. The brick and mortar casino may not be wheelchair accessible, but that may not matter if you’re comfortable playing from the comfort of your living room. And with smart phones, you can play those slots while you’re en route, on the bus, or in a chairlift…

And going beyond our capabilities is what technology and accessibility is all about. Consider what we’re doing to prevent the symptoms of aging from slowing us down. Did you know that natural male hormone, or bioidentical testosterone, is to many a fountain of youth? Hormone replacement therapy in general is an example of advancements leading to greater accessibility and capabilities for us. And technology intersecting with health is just another intersection of technology and life.

No innovation is more specific in its physical requirements, nor as thoroughly significant and far-reaching as the Internet. Limitations of access to the Internet have been a topic since the first network went online (and possibly before). Accessibility options have been provided with every major computing platform, each more sophisticated and potentially satisfying than the last.

Websites which are expressly designed to provide essential services, especially governmental services, are typically more responsive to the extra steps needed to guarantee the widest range of accommodation. Additionally, private websites that seek the most inclusive possible patronage tend to understand the benefits of what most often amounts to little more than some basic programming additions.

One might say that a virtual store should have virtual accommodations, just as a physical store is required to have physical accommodations. On the other hand, numerous technologies exist that demand specific abilities. A person lacking sight must typically accept that they may not be allowed to drive an automobile — thus, regrettably, such persons are to a certain extent denied many of the benefits of such transportation (including, but not limited to, shopping, employment, banking, and so on). While these goals may be met with assistance, it is clear that the manufacturers of automobiles cannot reasonably be expected to ensure that all human beings are capable of operating one.

Over the years we have seen some huge steps taken in this field. There are many new & exciting things on the horizon & with each of them we will be coming into a whole ne era of human growth. We are at a point now that our technology is actually able to help us grow as a species. We can overcome new problems which we only dreamed of previously. We can go farther in space faster. We can evaluate an illness & come to a solution in a fraction of the time it used to take.