Smartphones and people with disabilities: the power and the promise – Gov.UK Disability Blog

Extract from an article by Robin Christopherson

Robin Christopherson MBE is Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet, a UK charity that helps older people and disabled people of all ages use computers and the internet. Here he shares his experience of how advances in technology have improved his daily life….

Smartphones – working extra hard for us

Whilst everyone seems to love their smartphone, there is no doubt in my mind that amongst the disabled community there is a special love for these devices. Of course many people with a vision impairment are older and not as familiar with technology as younger ‘digital-natives’ but it’s almost universally the case that apps (which offer a far simpler, more distilled interface into online information or services) are easier than websites, and smartphones or tablets don’t need antivirus or malware protection or complex and variable ways of installing software. There are also ways of setting up or even limiting what someone can do on their device so that they don’t feel overwhelmed.

Accessibility built-in

Whether you are using a PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet, there are a huge number of built-in accessibility features that can help meet your particular needs. For step-by-step guides to these features and settings, please visit our online resource at ‘My Computer My Way’ (and don’t be fooled by the name – it covers iOS and Android too).

Find out more about Abilitynet here.

SOURCE: Robin Christopherson, “Smartphones and people with disabilities: the power and the promise”, Gov.UK Disability Blog, Acessed online 25 January 2016

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