A Challenge to Developers: Software to Help People with Disabilities
- Ilya Marritz for WNYC April 8th, 2015
- Source: http://www.wnyc.org/story/challenge-developers-software-help-people-disabilities/
It's been nearly 25 years since President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act, bringing changes to our built environment, like ramps and guard rails. Now there's a new effort to help people with disabilities, using the devices many of us now feel we can't live without, like smartphones.
The Connect Ability Challenge, from NYU and AT&T, focuses specifically on software and wearable technology.
To encourage inventors, NYU and AT&T are making four “exemplars” with four different disabilities available as testers.
Xian Horn, an exemplar with cerebral palsy, is hoping to see hands-free technology. She relies on ski poles to help her move around.