The Ohio DD Council is excited to launch The State of Tech, an article series that aims to educate and inform people about the impact of technology advances and the digital divide on Ohioans with developmental disabilities.
When talking about technology and people with developmental disabilities, people often think of assistive technology, such as screen readers and switch-enabled devices. In recent years, advancements in mainstream technology have made off-the-shelf tech devices, such as smartphones and voice assistance devices, usable by people with disabilities. This is a huge step toward narrowing the “digital divide”, which is a term to describe the gap between those who have ready access to computers and the internet, and those who do not.
Beginning July 2019, the articles will be released once a month and will also share ways individuals, self-advocates, and family members can get access to information about using tech in their everyday life.
There are four topics covered in this series:
- Technology Access in Ohio (published July 2019)
- Getting and Communicating Information: (coming in August 2019)
- Expanding Access (coming in September 2019)
- Teaching Technology (coming in October 2019)
About this series: This series is a part of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council library of Outreach Issues Briefs that are written to bring attention to issues experienced by people with developmental disabilities who are from unserved or underserved backgrounds. Unserved and underserved includes, but is not limited to, populations from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds, disadvantaged individuals with limited English proficiency, individuals from underserved geographic areas (rural or Urban), and specific groups of individuals within the population of individuals with developmental disabilities, including individuals who require assistive technology in order to participate in and contribute to community life.