The world is changing constantly and quickly. Everything is evolving, from cell phones to cars to the job industry. With this evolution of things has come the evolution of how we operate in the world, especially for those who have limited mobility. Companies are beginning to take a more inclusive stand in their structural development, ensuring that people of all abilities can maneuver easily through their lives.
Many different career fields have begun making the necessary adjustments to be more inclusive and provide more resources to everyone in need. Businesses have also begun to make the shift to more inclusive structures, complete with ramps for wheelchair users, large windows for the claustrophobic, the absence of fluorescent lights for those who suffer from epilepsy and many more inclusive renovations.
The medical field has been making especially big strides in providing a more inclusive experience for their patients. Nursing schools around the country have been including medical technology courses that show nurses how to use the technology that will make the lives of their patients much easier. Examples of this technology are things like remote monitoring, which allows nurses to track chronically ill patients from afar, as well as personal care that send alerts to nurses to remind patients to take their medication.
Emergency first responders are also practicing inclusivity by being more aware of their role in protecting the disabled. First responders are being taught things like asking first to make sure they fully understand someone’s disability before attempting to handle them and avoiding using lights and alarms to support those whose disabilities make them sensitive to light or sound.
College campuses are also pioneering changes to their policies to create a more inclusive environment for their students. The shift in language is apparent here, where many campuses have transformed the lexicons of their offices for students with disabilities to be more welcoming. More campus buildings are also being remodeled to make them more accessible, especially for students who are in wheelchairs, wear leg braces or walk with a probing cane.
With this increase in construction work due to the renovation of current buildings into more inclusive ones, safety concerns on the streets are also rising. Construction zones are some of the most unsafe places for anyone suffering from a physical impairment, whether it’s a healing broken leg or paraplegia. There are certain steps that construction workers and developers can follow to ensure their work zones are as safe as they can be, and that the streets around them remain accessible to all people. These things include closing down sidewalks near the site to ensure things don’t drop onto passersby, and having prominent signage explaining the dangers of the work zone.
Of course, certain advances in the medical technology field have made accessibility more achievable, even for those with the greatest physical damage. Wheelchairs have been getting more state of the art as demand for them rises.
What used to be a simple seat with a couple wheels attached to it is now comfortable and intelligent vessel. The latest innovation in wheelchairs are self-driving wheelchairs that use a network of sensors to detect objects that might get in your way. They work similarly to a GPS system. You simply set your current location and your destination and the chair will do the rest for you.
What all of this means for the future of inclusivity, is that people who have a mental or physical handicap can look forward to a future that is bright and boundless for them.