Persons with quadriplegia have partial of
full lack of functions under level of injury (neck part of
spinal cord). They are mobile by using of wheelchairs. Quadriplegia
is often a result of an accident. The hardest fact is that
to this person the whole life is fundamentally changed. From
the beginning handicapped are not only this person, but also
his or her family and environment. This person cannot return
to his or her regular job since the whole society is not adapted
to needs of people who are mobile in a different way and who
are able to do certain jobs adapted to their possibilities.
Adjustment of such person’s living space,
as well of his or her working environment with present-day
equipment and technology may allow to this person more independent
and improved life.
Since I am a quadriplegic person who is currently
using a programme called “Dragon Naturally Speaking”,
from my experience I am in a position to value its positive
and negative characteristics. Advantage is that this programme
makes easier to manage PC by voice. Disadvantages are that
it is not localised (translated into Croatian language) and
an automation of home is not possible.
Programme which is at that time recognised
as the most helpful not only to disabled people as well to
all other population is HAL 2000 DELUXE PROGRAM. With it,
a person is able to manage by voice with all electronic devices
using a microphone or telephone connected to a PC controller,
which is connected to a power grid.
With this project is possible to expect more
quality life for persons having high percentage of disability
as well easier purchasing of present-day equipment and technology.
More about it: http://www.automatedliving.com