Numerous devices have been created to aid over 56 million Americans with disabilities, to ensure safety and convenience throughout everyday life. Disabilities can include both physical and mental impairments, such as issues with mobility or cognitive disorders. While some disabilities are fairly recognizable, others are not always immediately apparent.
Studies show that an estimated 10% of U.S. citizens have what is referred to as an “invisible disability.” In efforts to make life easier for everyone, personal tools such as scooters, hearing aids, and assisted computer technologies are now widely used both at home and in public spaces.
Buildings and facilities also have a part to play in aiding those with disabilities, thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s not uncommon to encounter mobility aids like wheelchair ramps and automatic doors when entering or exiting a building.
Warning tiles and surfaces are another noteworthy invention commonly seen at intersections, public transit platforms, and retail storefronts. These tiles were specifically developed to make navigating safer and easier, and their uses go well beyond minimizing the effects of certain disabilities, as they also help to prevent slips and falls by providing extra traction.
See the infographic below to learn more about the disability-friendly devices that are making life more accessible for everyone.