Coronavirus Digitalisation: People with disabilities

Tech helps improve lives but also leaves some struggling

Mr Dennis Teo, who is almost completely blind, says technology helps him in various ways. A reflection of his face is seen above on the screen of a smart device that lets him control his home appliances using his voice.
Mr Dennis Teo, who is almost completely blind, says technology helps him in various ways. A reflection of his face is seen above on the screen of a smart device that lets him control his home appliances using his voice.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Senior finance executive Phillip Ang's heart sinks each time he has to use his mobile phone to scan QR codes for contact tracing before entering public places.

A spinal muscular atrophy condition prevents Mr Ang, 55, from moving his hands much, and the QR codes are "always too high", so he has to ask for help.

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month

  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2020, with the headline 'Tech helps improve lives but also leaves some struggling'. Print Edition | Subscribe