Queen Elizabeth hosts a ceremony to celebrate the 40th anniversary of British charity Motability, at Windsor Castle on April 25. Motability enables those with disabilities, their families and carers to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair using their mobility allowance. Photo: AFP

How technology can restore dignity for people with disabilities while boosting the economy

Winnie Tang says the disabled population around the world represents a largely untapped workforce, market and economic engine, and technology is now helping them to contribute more

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Queen Elizabeth hosts a ceremony to celebrate the 40th anniversary of British charity Motability, at Windsor Castle on April 25. Motability enables those with disabilities, their families and carers to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair using their mobility allowance. Photo: AFP
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Winnie Tang

Winnie Tang

Dr Winnie Tang JP is an adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. She is a pioneer in bringing the geographic information system technology to Hong Kong. Over the years, she has been actively advocating the use of technology in e-health, environmental conservation and education. She also founded the Smart City Consortium and Esri China (Hong Kong) Limited.