Smartphone apps are primed to open new dimensions of accessibility and of helping people to customise mainstream devices to their needs - at relatively little cost and time effort. But concrete information on user numbers and user patterns are amiss. According to a recent survey only 28% of European and only 17% of North American mobile phone users would be actively using apps. A market research report published two weeks ago on the other hand, talks about 95 million adults in the US alone that are using their mobile phone to gather health information or use health tools on the phone. However, neither in the survey nor the market research report can there be found any indication about how many of the users are older or effected by any kind of disability.
For this reason, the workshop "Integrating Apps so that they apply to you and me" that is taking place at the 2013 International Telecare and Telehealth Conference (11-13 November, Birmingham, UK) invites participants to reflect on how to make the access to apps easier for senior citizens and disabled users, how to remove barriers and how to ensure basic accessibility of these apps.
We will be part of the panelists and discuss with the participants of the workshop how GARI can be used to provide broad information on and access to accessibility apps.
If you would like to participate in the workshop or have ideas that you would like to share, let us know!
Here is the link to the workshop registration.