A Singaporean facility is tapping on advanced Assistive
Technology (AT) to enhance the level of mobility for persons with disabilities
The Tech Able facility was officially
opened today in Singapore and attended by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Singapore’s Minister
for Social and Family Development, in a bid to provide a viable solution for mobility
issues faced by PWDs.
Tech Able aims to help PWDs in a more
holistic method with the help of AT advancements. You can think of Tech Able as
a hub that encourages AT solutions, provides training to enhance employability
through communications and technology and a place where AT and infocomm
technology are more accessible for those who need it most.
During the opening ceremony, there was a
wide range of prototypes and creative AT innovations on display. Some of which
included minor changes to wheelchairs which allow its user to slide from his
wheelchair to the bed without needing assistance, affordable 3D printed
utensils specifically designed for cerebral palsy patients to exoskeletal
braces that help rehabilitate stroke patients.
This facility houses the Singtel Enabling
Innovation Centre (SEIC), which is the arm that provides support training and
employment opportunities for PWDs. Customised communications and technology
training like contact centre operations and online marketing are some of the
training that the SEIC looks to provide. In addition to the training programs,
the SEIC looks to encourage sharing between interests groups, therapists,
researchers and PWDs in a bid to gain insights and thereby able to create
better AT devices.
The Tech Able facility is not just an AT
innovation hub. It gives employers and caregivers a place where they learn how
to create more PWD inclusive workplaces and homes. Caregivers can also seek the
advice of AT specialists to help them make informed choices about AT devices
for those under their care.
By Geralyne Kaye / October 6, 2015 17:45PM
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