Arc of Philadelphia celebrates city's commitment to technology access for people with disabilities

The resolution passed in October will help make technology more accessible to people with disabilities. 

Dan Wing
May 11, 2018 - 3:58 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Arc of Philadelphia held a press conference Friday to celebrate a resolution recently passed by City Council that will help make technology more accessible to people with disabilities. 

The resolution was passed in October, and it aims to make technology like smart phones, iPads, and laptops more accessible and user-friendly for people with disabilities. It's an issue that hits home for Councilman Derek Green, who was key in getting the resolution passed.

"It really enhances quality of life, and also enhances your ability to get a great job," Green said. "And from my own experience, having a son on the autism spectrum, and seeing his progression by using technology, by using his iPad, has really come in a phenomenal way."

Green says the resolution will help the city's economy by getting more people into the workforce, reducing their need for public services, and also by reducing health care costs. 

One example of how technology can help is a group of city students with autism who were given Fitbits to help them manage their stress and anxiety through breathing exercises and by monitoring heart rates.