There's an App for That

Assistive technology for persons with visual impairment used to be limited to “dedicated devices” developed to address specific problems. These were bulky and expensive, and often overly complicated solutions for daily challenges.

Mobile phones have since revolutionized assistive technology with the introduction of cheaper and more-accessible apps. Apps like BlindWays and Be My Eyes help users gain independence through simple crowd-sourcing—connecting them with sighted volunteers who can read food labels or maps using smartphone cameras. Bringing volunteers into the solution also helps bring awareness to the daily challenges those with disabilities face.

Source: Christian Science Monitor

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