Android app helps people with disabilities use handheld devices

The digital solutions company eSSENTIAL Accessibility has developed a new Android smartphone app that allows people with physical disabilities to “navigate the digital world,” according to a press release.

The app is intended to assist people with disabilities who have difficulty using handheld devices, using hands-free technology, touch-replacement tools and voice recognition. According to the company, the app will benefit patients with quadriplegia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other conditions that hinder a person’s ability to use touchscreen phones and tablets.

“Many people take for granted the fact that they can use handheld devices to communicate with others, complete transactions and research information online,” Simon Dermer, managing director of eSSENTIAL Accessibility, said in the release. “However, there is still a significant percentage of the population who face barriers when using mobile devices. In fact, people with disabilities represent the largest minority group in the world. Our Android application opens up the digital world to millions of people by giving them an opportunity to use devices otherwise inaccessible to them.”

The app is available on a no-cost-to-user basis through eSSENTIAL Accessibility’s brand partners, according to the company. Users can also take advantage of the app to “engage with their favorite brands without incurring additional costs to make mobile phones functional,” according to the release.

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