Indian App Supports Persons with Disabilities

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Abha Khetarpal recognized the need, as a counselor, to provide better information to persons with disabilities. In response, she developed an app that compiled this type of information called Cross the Hurdles, which is also the organization for which she works. She won the 2015 NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award.

Cross the Hurdles includes information on “education, health, employment, accessibility, legal guidance, transport facilities, assistive devices and even sports.” It also contains career advice and information on government programmes. Khetarpal gathered the information on her own during a period of three months.

Khetarpal suffers from a disability herself and understands the importance of an app like this to improve people’s lives. “Till we get information, we will be disabled,” she says. “There are many barriers for the disabled anyway, why can’t we use ICT to remove some of them?”

The app, which launched in January 2014, is free for Android or can be accessed using a web browser on iPhones. It has more than 500 users and a rating of 4.2 of 5, which surely speaks to its success in improving quality of life for persons with disabilities in India.

Source: Shreya Roy Chowdhury, The Times of India, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.