International Day of Persons with Disabilities: 8 apps to improve daily life

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: 8 apps to improve daily life

The International Day of Persons with Disability is commemorated on December 3 since 1992, the year in which it was declared by the United Nations General Assembly.

It was created to promote the rights and well-being of people with disabilities in all areas of society and development, as well as to raise awareness about their situation in all aspects of political, social, economic and cultural life.

According to the last census, in Argentina 12.9% of the population has some kind of disability. There are 5 million people who need more accessibility.

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8 online tools for people with disabilities

A project for people with speech difficulties

Project Relate is a new Android app that aims to help people with speech disabilities to communicate more easily with other people and interact with the Google Assistant.

The application uses phrases that help to understand unique voice patterns and grants access to the three main functions of the application: Listen, Repeat and Assistant.

Products for people with visual loss

Lookout is an application available in Spanish that uses artificial intelligence to help people who are blind or visually impaired to obtain information about their environment.

Through the cell phone camera, this application uses artificial vision to recognize targets and texts from the physical universe and announce them aloud.

It has different modes: it allows you to scan and read documents, identify food labels, objects around them, among others.

Talkback is he android screen reader, which allows someone to use their cell phone or mobile device without using the visual. This functionality reads text aloud on the screen, navigates through applications, and facilitates communication with braille, speech, and the keyboard.

The app already has the option to set the Spanish language for the braille keyboard de Talkback.

Voice Access is another of the accessibility products for Android, which allows use the cell phone without touching the screen.

This application allows people to browse the applications, compose and edit text, and talk to the Google Assistant without using their hands.

Products for people with hearing loss

  • Instant transcription

The application Instant transcription (or Live Transcribe, in English), was developed by a Google employee with hearing loss. Allows to obtain real-time transcripts of conversations that are happening around, through the use of the cell phone microphone.

A year ago the possibility was added that the application visually identify ambient soundsSuch as a dog barking nearby, someone knocking on the door, or a speeding car.

The Sound amplifier (the Sound Amplifier, in English) helps a sound to be clearer and easier to hear. This functionality can be used on Android phones with the use of headphones that filter, augment and amplify surrounding sounds.

Products for people with motor disabilities:

It is an experimental Android app that use the movement of the eyes and gaze to select pre-written phrases on a screen and communicate out loud.

People have to look left, up, or right to quickly select what they want to say from a list of phrases.

In addition, it has the functionality to customize the words or phrases so that people can show their real voice and the sensitivity of the eye movement can be adjusted.

Camera Switches turns phone camera into a new kind of switcher It detects facial gestures.

It is now possible for anyone to use custom eye movements and facial gestures for their range of motion to navigate their phone without using their hands or voice.

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