As we have all heard, technology can be the great equalizer for people with disabilities and especially so, in the workplace. In Bangkok, Thailand this month, there was a conference known as i-CREATe which stands for the International Convention for Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology. It was organized by the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (NECTEC) with cooperation from the Singapore-based Therapeutic, Assistive & Rehabilitative Technology Centre. The exhibition featured cutting-edge technology and innovations that are the result of research projects focusing on people with disabilities, such as those with vision and hearing impairments. These projects which were undertaken by students in Thailand and other nearby regions, included a Student Design Challenge forum that showcased, among a host of solutions, a communication software, a sign-language translator, a brain-controlled wheelchair, and a universal standing wheelchair. It’s so cool to know that these cutting edge ideas, technologies and solutions are being addressed all over the globe.
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