KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (May 18, 2020) – Technology is a wonderful thing – with a quick search, information is available at our fingertips. And, according to U.S. Cellular, 54 percent of people believe their phone enhances their life. But for individuals with disabilities, if technology is not inclusive and accessible, it can be more of a burden than a benefit.

An estimated 48.9 million people in the United States live with a disability and on the third Thursday of May, we recognize them with Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). It’s an awareness day focusing on digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people worldwide with disabilities and impairments.

“Keeping technology accessible for everyone is the key theme of this day, and as we’ve seen especially over the past two months, wireless technology has become more vital than ever. It’s great that there are innovative people and companies that leverage technology to make it more inclusive for everyone,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in East Tennessee.

U.S. Cellular recommends these apps as helpful and inclusive tools that may benefit individuals with a disability: · Be My Eyes: When a person uses the Be My Eyes app, they are connected with the assistance of a sighted volunteer via a direct video line. The volunteer then helps that person navigate unfamiliar surroundings. · WheelMate: Finding clean, accessible restrooms and parking can be a challenge. The WheelMate app is a simple way to find restrooms and parking spaces on the go. Whether you’re local or traveling, WheelMate helps you plan your day.

· Assistive Touch: Assistive Touch is offered on Android and Apple smartphones and is a set of virtual buttons that allows users to navigate a device just from the touchscreen. Virtual home buttons, back buttons, screenshot buttons, and volume control – even turning the device on and off – are suddenly simple tasks to perform. · JABtalk: Designed to help non-verbal adults and kids communicate, JABtalk allows users to build sentences from words, organize words into user-defined categories, import pictures and audio, and more. The application also enables interpersonal communication through Text-to-Speech functionality. · SuperVision+ Magnifier: This magnifying glass app specializes in live image stabilization. It is designed to assist low-vision or visually impaired users and can be used easily with one or two hands.

Between Nov. 20-Dec. 3, 2019, a total of 1,000 online interviews were conducted among a nationally representative sample of U.S. consumers between 18-39 years old by Consumer Insights, in partnership with MaritzCX.

 

About U.S. Cellular

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