Disability and the Promise of Technology

Tomorrow, December 3, is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day to promote awareness of and mobilize support for issues relating to disability. In anticipation of this day, we would like to share a video from last year with you.

Every year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities has a theme. Last year’s theme was “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology. Techonology has proven extremely important for the empowerment of people with disabilities.

Perhaps most importantly, thanks to technology, there are now many great assistive devices that enhance people’s mobility or enable them to communicate better. Moreover, the internet has made it much easier to spread awareness about disability. Considering that nearly 1/5 of the world’s population has a disability, it is crucial that people gain a better understanding about issues relating to disability.

We would also like to note that, while all persons should of course be able to pursue whatever career they like,  jobs in technology-related fields often provide a great opportunity for many persons with disabilities. Take Enablecode’s staff, for instance. Mobility is a challenge for some of our staff, but since they do all of their work online, they can often work from home. Moreover,  their jobs, and most other jobs in the IT-sector are not labor-intensive whatsoever. Our staff simply do work they enjoy doing and their disabilities in no way affect their ability to do their jobs.

Nevertheless, awareness is still limited and people with disabilities still remain marginalized. Unproportionally large numbers of people with disabilities live in poverty, are unemployed and/or face discrimination. With the help of technology, though, the situation of people with disabilities can be greatly improved. This video from International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2014 explains why:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i5d9Ba_a2g

download (7)Enablecode is a social enterprise based in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, which employs programmers and designers with physical disabilities. Do you want to help Enablecode spread awareness about people with disabilities in the developing world or do you want to receive more information about what we do? Register to our website here.

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