Technology is designed to help pretty much anyone. I want to explain some of the ways I use technology to complete my daily activities and do things that I can’t necessarily do by myself without another person to help.
these technologies help me in different ways. Now, smartphones and smart devices have made it so much easier for us to get things done. As a quadriplegic, here are some ways that I use technology in my life to give me greater mobility and as much independence as possible.
I have an Alexa device this helps a lot in the morning or at night when I am restless and can’t sleep. Using Alexa, I keep myself entertained listening to podcasts and music. This helps me prepare myself before bed so I can relax and wind down. Sometimes in the morning, I listen to music or some motivational podcast to help me start the day.
With iLevel® technology on my Edge 3 Power Wheelchair, I can turn the temperature up or down in my home, depending on the fluctuation of my body temperature, since I can’t regulate my temperature as a quadriplegic. iLevel comes in very handy when you’re alone and don’t have a friend or caretake around.
Another way I use technology is a special tablet for people like myself that have very little or no dexterity in their hands. Some people may prefer a smaller screen, but I prefer a bigger screen because it helps me access apps easier whether I use a stylus or just my knuckle.
The tablet is a three-in-one, so I use it as a computer, make phone calls, send text messages and everything else that smartphones and or computers can do. Not all of us can afford smart phones and other smart devices but sometimes we can get tablets. With my tablet, I can use social media for networking, work emails, and keep up with friends and family in my personal life.
Without these many devices, my life would be a lot harder. Still, the silver lining is that we have these things and every year technology gets cheaper and smarter. These devices help wheelchair users like me maintain our independence as much as possible. For me, it lets me be the person I am and helps me stay positive and appreciate the things I can do for myself.
About Jesse Cuellar: Jesse is an artist and a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. An accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, so he uses his mouth to paint and expresses himself through his art. Jesse lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and enjoys painting and hanging out with his friends. Click here to learn more about Jesse.