re: 6 Mobile App Considerations For People With Disabilities
I am a scientist & techie guy and also live w/ a brain shunt for hydrocephalus (1992 auto accident). Not only have I been a user of technology of the past 15-20 years that arguably much of it is released as "beta," where the user is required to obtain updates and deal with buggy failures, but I also use it to help with my memory problems. When PCs, software, mobile phones, apps, etc. do not function correctly, it is a really bad day. For many others, tech stuff are toys. And for business, it's a nice addition to productivity. But I find many business users still use tech in a limited capacity. And for those who do, they often have support at their company to get it to work correctly.
Outside of my above concerns I have with too much tech released in beta, my other two (2) concerns are: 1) Poor UI or user interface, including, many major websites, software, and apps today. I had a bad experience at EBay last week, and could not easily find the button to contact the seller (or Ebay as well).
2) Backing Up/Syncing cognitive app data. As more of those with cognitive impairment rely on phone apps, the integrity of the entries and data will become increasingly more important. I know the Apple platform is more sophisticated with its cloud sync, but as I'm an Android user I still rely on PC sync for my back-ups. I know cloud sync is the newest hottest thing. But I'm not yet convinced that the methods, UIs, sites, apps and such are secure & cognitively accessible. Case in point, last week I accidently hit the sync button in my calendar app and it instantly wiped away most of my entries.
I've also had my Address Book show up on Facebook. In my view, your Address Book is your phone's most important app, where current Android & Apple OS allow you to input searchable notes and such in entries. Yet there are so many pitfalls in which data can be compromised. And if you're like me and so many others, and live with a chronic illness & disability, you have tons of medical records and such you keep digitally. I keep all of my brain scans in folders on my phone, records, progress notes, lab reports, etc., and when I see my neurosurgeon and other physicians, we typically use my phone (and now my tablet) in reviewing my records. Oh the medical field is sooooo behind on this!
I'd like to create a mobile app for hydrocephalus based in part onan earlier method I patented, and on consults I still provide (worldwide). Hydrocephalus and its care is a worldwide problem, just as cognitive accessibility in tech is a worldwide issue. Solve it once -- and you've solved it for millions of users!
In closing, I contend (without any hard data) that learning disabilities, injury, diseases, and challenges with age related brain changes, poses a larger segment of people with disabilities - than all of the others combined! I would argue the 60M number is actually much higher.
Thanks for the story.
Newport Beach, CA