Within our theme, the function of technology is to try to solve
different needs that people with disabilities have, adapting their capacities
to the environment. We can group aid technology into five groups: 1.
Alternative and augmentative systems of access to information are aids for
people with visual and/or auditory impairment.
• Speech technologies: voice recognition and text-to-voice conversion
offer countless possibilities, some currently viable and others in the near
future. The expectation in this field is a decrease in all its restrictions,
although it is not expected that it will be able to recognize the speech, in a
fully satisfactory way until at least the first or second decade of the next
• Interactive Multimedia Systems: Multimedia systems (those that
process, store and transmit images, voice, text and data in an integrated way)
offer the possibility to act on the contents of the same, thus emerging the
interactivity. People with disabilities benefit from the existence of
multimedia services and applications that will enable them, through the
necessary adaptations, to perfect multimodal access on an equal basis.
• Advanced Communications: The exclusive connection through computers
will give way to a wide range of access devices and all countries will be able
to access a high-speed network. There is an accelerated tendency to include
videophones, text phones, faxes and others. Without a doubt, one of the effects
that is envisaged will be the greater social integration of people who have so
far had limited access to telecommunications, which will directly reverse the
social differences between the population with Disability.
The merger of the mobile phone with the Internet is about to shock
The acronym WAP (Mobile Application Protocol) will become popular as
soon as the manufacturers have enough units to launch their models massively to