BridgingApps was honored to participate in the M-Enabling Summit in Washington, D.C. in early June. Organized in cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the summit brought together U.S. and international leaders who support accessible and assistive mobile solutions.
Axel Leblois, Executive Director of Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) said of BridgingApps, â€œThe Summit works well thanks to pioneers like you who create innovative ways to leverage mobile accessibility for persons with disabilities. Your contribution to the user community is excellent, and it was great to have you present on the Sorting out the Apps Jungle panel. We look forward to seeing BridgingApps again next year.â€
BridgingApps shared information with industry leaders, app developers, government officials and leaders in the disability community about the latest mobile operating systems, tablet technologies and life-changing apps and services for seniors and users of all abilities. We made many connections with folks who are doing amazing work to enhance the lives of those with disabilities and make technology more accessible and effective tools. Here are a few of them.
We were delighted to meet Joan Green, speech language pathologist and author of The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education: Resources for Education, Intervention and Rehabilitation. Joanâ€™s philosophy of matching technology to the user aligns perfectly with BridgingAppsâ€™ approach of helping users focus on skill building to reach goals.
We spent time with our friend Mark Barlet of AbleGamers, whose mission is to enable a better quality of life for people with disabilities by helping them use gaming as a tool for an enriched social experiences with friends, family, and the world at large. Today, the AbleGamers Foundation is a leader in the development of equipment, programs and services to those living with disabilities, hardships, and quality-of-life issues that are a result of chronic illness or trauma.
There are an estimated one billion persons living with disabilities worldwide, a fact that makes accessible communication and assistive technology solutions a priority for industry, users, and policy makers. For more information on the M-Enabling Summit and participating organizations, visit http://www.m-enabling.com.