Helping people live more independently
When engineers build medical devices, they’re building up the confidence of people with disabilities as they regain their independence.
By working to create prosthetics that use sensors to detect muscle contractions in amputees, engineers are making it possible for people to control their prosthetics with their own natural movements. For children with motor disabilities like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, engineers have made a significant development by creating switch-adapted toys to make play more accessible and adaptable. And by incorporating wireless connections to mobile phones, remote controls, and other accessories in hearing aids, engineers are helping find new ways to increase accessibility for those with hearing impairments. From making the joy of childhood more attainable, to helping people with disabilities navigate and participate in everyday activities, engineers are helping to make the world a more inclusive place.
A few examples of how engineers are helping people live more independently and building tomorrows: