What technology does your child or students need to learn today– to be prepared for tomorrow’s job market?

What technology does your child or students need to learn today– to be prepared for tomorrow’s job market?

This is a huge argument among anyone using his or her favorite piece of technology. However, statistics on what is used now and will be used in the near future is a better option to look at for facts. Then you will know what your child should be learning now to be prepared for tomorrow.

This data is taken from the PewResearch Center on Science and Technology—Numbers don’t lie. Ninety percent of the population uses a Cell Phone. For accessibility and speed, the accessibility features of a cell phone have propelled the blind population as well as the rest of the people into accessing the world fast. But when it comes to doing the hard core work, the desktop or laptop computer still tops it all with 80% of the work population. The combination of a cell phone and computer will enable your child to do anything. Tablets such as an iPad or ereader are just frosting on the cake. Just make sure you are not teaching just the frosting but the hard-core cell phone and computer….adding a braille display to these devices gives power unrealized before.

Here is a basic layout:

  • 90% of American adults have a cell phone-(cell phones are 90% and of that 64% have smartphones)
  • 80% desktop or laptop computer-of computers 2014 statistics are in below table.
Windows 7


Windows XP


Windows 8.1


Mac OS X 10.10


Windows 8


Windows Vista


Mac OS X (other)


Mac OS X 10.9




Windows (other)


  • 32% of American adults own an e-reader
  • 42% of American adults own a tablet computer

To back up the facts of the above Device Ownership Over Time of the teen population, which will dictate future jobs and success with these tools in the job, is cell phone and smart phones is 78% and desktop and laptop use is 80% which is reflecting what is occurring in the job world right now. Tablets are only 23%.

Data Trends for Internet Use Over Time shows that 87% of Americans use the Internet, so once again, our blind and deaf/blind students need to know how to use the Internet at the speed of our sighted peers which takes talking software keyboard commands and braille displays. Using a variety of talking software commands and OCR programs allow great feats of ability to work at the speed of …well…anyone else.

Think about it, then make the changes if you need for the best education of your child or student.

Published by Dr Denise

I and my team have a passion for teaching blind and low vision children and adults how to become independent in all areas through the use of technology and other blind skills.