I am experimenting with Quora Blogs, where my first blog post was about using technology to overcome human limits. My second blog post is about wearable technology. It was inspired by the impending release of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and the Tech Crunch article “Your Turn, Apple”.
I believe wearable technology has huge implications for those with disabilities. In fact, I believe wearable technology will do more for children and adults with disabilities than tablets. This is a special moment. Why? Autism is a disability sure to benefit from wearable technology in general and smartwatches in particular.
Anyone can find holes in my vision, but only those with vision will find hope. This list of 10 ways wearable technology will help those with Autism is for those who hope.
Wandering – sensory feedback watches they never take off so they wander no more
Anxiety – helping those who love them be aware of heightened stress, so we can adjust their environment
Social Awareness – helping strangers (think law enforcement) be more aware of their emotional state (fear etc.)
Inclusion – imagine if their smartwatch interacts with other children – endless possibilities
Medical – everything anyone needs to know about their medical needs and sensitivites securely yet readily available
Education – upload what happens at school, download it at home, and keep home and school in sync for increased progress
Communication – AAC reaches an entirely new level (things we can’t imagine until we have the watches in our hands)
Navigation – guiding them through their daily schedule, reminding, and providing aid when lost
Protection – when parents or loved ones leave them in the care of others, wearable tech will let you monitor for safety
Entertainment – imagine the fun
What ways do you believe wearable technology will help those with Autism?