COMMUNICATION AIDS AND STRATEGIES USING TOOLS OF TECHNOLOGY
Communication Aids•A communication aid is anything that helps an individual communicate more effectively with those around them. This could range from a simple letter board to a more sophisticated piece of electronic equipment. (bbc.co.uk/accessibility, March 2009)
Types of Communication TechnologyBy Anthony SzpakSince the end of the 19th century, the way people communicate has been completely transformed. No longer beholden to pen and parchment, people can now deliver massive amounts of data with the push of a button. New communication technologies have connected not only people but also businesses, changing the way people interact on a daily basis.
TelephoneAlexander Graham Bell revolutionized the way people communicate with his patent on the telephone in 1876. These advancements have also allowed for the transition from landlines to wireless, freeing people to communicate from remote locations. All over the world, millions of people can talk to each other, expanding businesses and improving relationships that might not otherwise have survived across long distances. Telephones also allow for instant communication, and new technology integrates video and Internet.The first telephones, as well as their modern counterparts, consist of a ringer, transmitter, dialer, switch hook, power source and anti-sidetone circuit, all of which have been advanced by new technology.
RadioIn 1906, Reginald Fessenden, creator of the first sophisticated radio transmitter, expanding on the ideas of Guglielmo Marconi, sent music and speech across the airwaves. This invention of the radio allowed sound and information to be broadcast to an extremely wide audience. Radio reached its golden age during the 1920s, and companies advertised their products to consumers around the world. During the 1930s radio expanded further into news, politics, vaudeville routines and sporting events, broadcasting into millions of homes every day.
TelevisionTelevision was introduced to the public in 1946, even though it had been experimented with since the late 1920s. Television
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