Assistive Technology

Around 15 per cent of the world’s population live with some form of disability, and 80 per cent of these live in low- or middle-income countries. For many, life can be challenging because they face barriers to access vital services such as education and healthcare.

Mobile phones can help remove some of these barriers and allow people with disabilities to do everyday things, like connecting with friends and relatives, finding transportation options, managing their finances and enabling them to do aspects of everyday life that they would otherwise find difficult.

Maybe you are wondering how someone who cannot see or hear can use a mobile phone? A set of functions known as ‘accessibility’ features can help people with disabilities improve their user experience of mobile.

People with low vision can use magnification to make everything on their phone look larger or change colours and contrasts on the phone to make it easier to use; and those with no vision can use ‘TalkBack’ and listen to their phone without needing to see the screen.

For people with little or no hearing, ‘sound amplifier’ can make sounds clearer to hear; ‘captions’ also can allow them to see the words on the screen of what is being said; and ‘live transcription’ helps people to see what others are saying as text on the screen.

Many people are not aware that these accessibility features exist, or they do not know how to use them.

People with disabilities use phones for the same reasons as anyone else, the accessibility features can enable to do so.

Why don’t you help them to unlock the power of mobile as an assistive technology today?