UK Tech News: Tech and Disability- Can Mobile Apps Make A Difference?

Mobile apps traditionally focused on leisure and fun: the simple but addictive game Snake, launched by Nokia in 1998, became something of a global fascination, still remembered fondly by many of those who bought mobiles in the early 2000s. But developers gradually turned their attention to more philanthropic concerns, with each improvement of app technology later adapted into ‘assistive technology’, which helps those living with disabilities complete day-to-day tasks.

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Disability Horizons: Top 10 Apps for Disabled People

We all like to live as independently as possible, and for disabled people, technology and apps are an invaluable aid to achieving this. It seems that everyone nowadays owns a smartphone and tablet, and with that comes a seemingly unlimited world of apps to choose from. 

But which should you consider and how could they enhance your life?

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BBC Article: The Tech Giving People Power To Deal With Disability

Worldwide, around a billion people have a disability, says the World Health Organisation. 

In Europe and America, this is one in five people. And since they are less likely to be in work, their poverty rate is about twice as high.

So technologies that could help disabled people contribute more in the workplace - and improve their quality of life - are surely welcome.

And it also makes good business sense.

If a million more disabled people could work, the UK economy alone would grow 1.7%, or £45bn ($64bn), says disability charity Scope.

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Jasmin Khanom