These persons with disabilities (PWDs) tap into digital technologies to make the world more accessible for them.
A conversation with Joseph Chua De Bao used to involve writing on notepads. Born deaf, and unable to adjust to hearing aids or lip-read accurately, Joseph’s only way of communicating with others was in writing — that was until he got his first smartphone, an Apple iPhone in 2007.
“The challenges of communicating with people via pen and paper are lack of patience and time,” writes the freelance software developer in an e-mail interview. “When I noticed the Notes app, it jolted my ideas because it was paperless so I used this technology to communicate with people.”
A brush (or two) with death didn’t slow Professor Lui Pao Chuen down. Having seen engineering in Singapore grow from nuts and bolts to big data, the former Chief Defence Scientist and now Advisor to the Ministry of National Development is still eager to see our engineering capabilities reach new heights.