The Need to Further Incorporate Technology into the Field of Orientation & Mobility

Technology is everywhere, and all around us. It is constantly advancing and is ever-expanding. It has seeped into almost every aspect of our lives. I am hard-pressed to think of an area in my life that technology does not play a part. From brushing my teeth with an electric toothbrush to telling Alexa to turn off all the lights in my home. I can hardly imagine doing many of the things I do today without technology. I realize there are a few different camps out there on whether technology is beneficial or detrimental to society. But I believe many us fall into the camp that technology is mostly good and a little bad. But this begs the question is technology being used to its full potential in regards to O&M?

One of the main reasons I started my written and video blog is to hopefully answer that question or at least try. And if all goes well, become a useful resource on advancing technology and products that can positively influence a blind or visually impaired individual’s ability to mobilize. About five years ago I heard a gentleman who was blind give a speech on technology and one thing that he said still sticks with me to this day and that is “there is no better time to be alive if you are a blind person then right now.” And I truly believe he was right. Technology may be the key to further increase a blind or visually impaired person’s independence and it deserves to be fully explored, examined, and introduced.

Technology continues to advance day by day and I’m excited to see what this world will bring.

If you are curious about a certain piece of technology and would like me to explore it more please let me know in the comments, or send me an email at blindonthemove@gmail.com. I’m looking forward to taking this journey with you all.

Published by Mike Mulligan

Is a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist who provides product resources, reviews, and tutorials.

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