Blind Kids and Technology
As technology continues to travel the tracks on its merry way, we find that more and more, blind kids are struggling to keep up when it comes to being able to enjoy the excitement and fun of modern technology. With more and more toy manufacturers coming out with nifty ways for kids to learn to read, write, do math, and spell, blind and sight impaired kids need to be given ways to enjoy all of this as well.
Each time I hear those commercials on TV of kids having fun with various learning games, I ask myself how much of this is or can be available to blind and sight impaired kids.
True it is that some major strides have been made in making mainstream games, learning and otherwise, more available and accessible to blind and sight impaired kids but we need for more to be done. Blind and sight impaired kids need to be able to access more mainstream technology. They need to have greater access to mainstream learning games plus more. In short, they need to have equal access to whatever game or learning tool is out there for the mainstream kid.
I am sure that as time goes on, more and more toys and games manufacturers will develop products that are more accessible. Products that will benefit all kids. Products that will help all kids. This may not be a dream on my part; it may much closer to becoming a reality than many would think. Maybe it's time for us to start lobbying these companies to move in this direction.
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