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Joe Palca

7 October 2019

Waco, Texas, United States

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It's often difficult to detect eye diseases such as cancer in infants and toddlers because they have trouble sitting still, but a new smartphone app is helping eliminate this challenge. Parents are able to scan photos...

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Deborah Fallows

29 June 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library is a branch of the New York Public Library system that offers a wide array of services for vision-impaired adults and children. They hold the largest physical colle...

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Monica Humphries

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17 April 2019

Denmark

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Using the camera of a smartphone, individuals who are blind or visually impaired can receive quick and easy help from volunteers. The Danish company, Be My Eyes uses a smartphone application to connect those who are b...

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Adele Peters

7 February 2019

United States

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A new mobile app called Tarjimly connects refugees with much needed translation services, especially in times of emergency. With over 8,000 volunteer translators who speak over 90 languages, the adaptable app can brea...

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Vibeke Venema

22 January 2019

Ankara, Turkey

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Education for children with autism can be a costly challenge to procure, but an app called Otsimo aims to democratize education by providing software designed specifically for autistic children. Now 3 years old with o...

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Adele Peters

22 January 2019

Worcester, United Kingdom

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Microsoft recently piloted the Code Jumper, a kit that allows children with visual impairments to learn how to code using tactile and auditory responses. The Code Jumper kit features several "pods" that correlate to a...

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Courtney McNaull

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13 December 2018

Sacramento, California, United States

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As part of a larger effort to make the city of West Sacramento more friendly to their aging population, an on-demand ride-sharing app was developed to make transportation more accessible for seniors who cannot easily ...

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Puja Changoiwala

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5 August 2018

India

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Web applications designed for people with disabilities have helped users to live fuller lives and reduce the stigma attached to living with a disability. The apps have spread information, make education more effective...

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Karla Pequenino

16 June 2018

Portugal

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ColorADD is a system of symbolic shapes representing colors for those that are challenged to perceive shades or are colorblind. The system is used extensively throughout Portugal on subway maps, crayons, and other app...

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Kate Francis

27 September 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The way cities are built in the United States makes getting around without driving a car difficult. This means that, for an increasingly aging population, mobility can be a significant issue, leading to challenges suc...

The Guardian

Gordon Darroch

12 July 2017

Tilburg, North Brabant, Netherlands

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In the Netherlands, city councils are piloting remarkable new technology to make roads safer and friendlier for cyclists and pedestrians through the use of apps that improve the efficiency and sensitivity of traffic l...

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Omar Sanchez

15 March 2017

Lawrence, Kansas, United States

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A motion-tracking software that promotes musical improvisation, called the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), is helping people create music regardless of ability level. Not only does the technology enable users ...

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Nick Holland

5 February 2017

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

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New apps like Tap Tap See and Be My Eyes are helping blind people solve everyday problems by combining smartphone video technology with an army of volunteers. The app allows a blind individual to take a photo or video...

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Soni Sangha

14 December 2016

United States

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Companies like Good Karma allow people with autism to use apps to communicate through pictures and icons. Yet, the apps require users to do a lot of complicated movements, some of who may not have that mobility. Howev...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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1 June 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Software and apps are helping millions of Americans trying to solve civil problems on their own.

The Irish Times

Yanivis Izaguirre

20 June 2015

Honduras

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In Honduras, tens of thousands of people have hearing disabilities. The National Autonomous University of Honduras has developed software that converts spoken language into an avatar on the computer who signs for the ...

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