TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology & Innovation (T&I), journal of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), has released a new special topic issue titled "Technologies for Disabilities." The issue delves into revolutionary devices, cutting-edge materials and processes, and new theories on designing for users with disabilities.
In every sector of modern society, technological advancements have transformed the way the world works, travels, communicates, and learns. However, not all have been equal beneficiaries of these innovations.
One billion people - the 15 percent of the world's population who have some form of disability - have largely been left behind by technologies designed for and targeted towards people without disabilities. The new issue of T&I, (20:1-2) (full text) focuses on researchers who are attempting to correct this disparity by creating revolutionary new devices and radically changing how we design assistive and rehabilitative technologies.
"Enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities has been the goal of much of my research, and it is the goal of this special issue as well," said Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, vice president of the NAI and co-editor of this special topic issue of T&I. "By designing technology where accessibility is the goal rather than an afterthought, we are setting the stage for better and more inclusive technological solutions."
About the National Academy of Inventors The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 at the University of South Florida to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation. www.academyofinventors.org