A Challenge to Developers: Software to Help People with 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.

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