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UA develops a free app adapted to the needs of the deaf, the visually impaired and people with dyslexia

While a classmate takes notes on a pro iPad, people with a disability can view and file them on their device in real time as well as modifying them and go back to it later

 

A UA deaf student using the App Ability Connect to follow the lesson

 

Alicante. Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Ability Connect is the name of this free app adapted to the needs of the deaf, the visually impaired and people with dyslexia developed by  José María Fernández, from the University of Alicante Student Support Centre (SSC), with the collaboration of José Carlos Alfaro, a UA student from the Master's Degree in Software Development for Mobile Devices and the support of Vodafone Spain Foundation.

In order to provide inclusive and effective learning opportunities for all students, this new tool enables real-time communication of several devices via Bluetooth, although it can also be used via by WIFI or mobile data. In this way,  while a volunteer student takes notes on an iPad pro from the blackboard or from what the teacher says, disabled students can follow the lesson on the device where they can file and modify the content and modify and go back to it at any time.

Developed for mobile devices with Apple's iOS Operating System, Ability Connect can also be used for language translation and subtitling.

 

Technical specifications

The advanced content visualization features make this app suitable for several disabilities. For instance,  users can set background colour, select the font size and type to increase content readability on the standard display mode.

On the other hand, a more advanced option, allows a 'word to word' display mode in which the text received will appear on the screen word by word  enabling to set the speed pace, background and text colour,as well as font type. Also, users can manually rewind, pause and move through content any time.

The advanced display mode is designed especially for people with low vision avoiding having to extend the interface and for people with literacy skills problems problems, such as people with dyslexia, to avoid confusions derived from the arrangement of words in the text.

With the purpose of collaborating with innovation in accessible technologies to improve the integration of people with disabilities, Ability Connect has been developed and promoted by the University of Alicante with the support of Vodafone Spain Foundation. The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store for free.

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