The modern typewriter was invented as a disability aid

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Author: Rob Ward

Did you know that the modern typewriter was invented by an Italian, Pellegrino Turri, as a disability aid? Turri needed a way to communicate with his blind lover, who was unable to write with pen and ink. His QWERTY keyboard is still in use today with nearly every computer or as a digital version on our mobile phones and tablets.

Technology continues to be innovative today, with many of the big companies, such as Microsoft, actively working to make its products accessible and supportive. By adding tools and functionality into all their products, they allow employees to ‘self accommodate’ – that is pick from a range of accessible functionality that works for them. Windows 10, for example, brings innovative opportunities to all people, whether they have a disability or simply a personal preference to working in a particular manner. With a set of built-in and third-party accessibility features, Windows 10 allows individuals to choose how to interact with their screen, express ideas, and ultimately, get work done. New accessibility features are launched regularly.

Utilize has committed to actively work to become more disability aware and promote inclusivity. We have chosen to become Disability Confident Committed, a UK Government scheme that supports employers to make the most of the talents that disabled people can bring to the work place. We are also factoring impairment-supporting elements into the design of our new office space. Read about our thoughts on how we can now use technology to do even more within our own businesses to help others.

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