VisAssist: these apps from Drexel seniors help visually impaired teens read [VIDEO] - Technical.ly Philly

Jun. 28, 2012 9:00 am

VisAssist: these apps from Drexel seniors help visually impaired teens read [VIDEO]

Seven Drexel University seniors recently won the university’s top design honor for their set of apps to help the visually impaired. The project, called VisAssist, was chosen out of 135 entries. Created by computer science students Trevor Adams, Nate Bomberger, Tom Burdak, Shawn Busolits, Andrew Scott, Matt Staniewicz, Nate Vecchiarelli after speaking to students, teachers […]

Seven Drexel University seniors recently won the university’s top design honor for their set of apps to help the visually impaired.

The project, called VisAssist, was chosen out of 135 entries. Created by computer science students Trevor Adams, Nate Bomberger, Tom Burdak, Shawn Busolits, Andrew Scott, Matt Staniewicz, Nate Vecchiarelli after speaking to students, teachers and administrators at Overbrook School for the Blind, the apps aim to make tasks like typing on a phone and reading easier. The project was part of Drexel’s capstone senior design program.


Check out the apps HERE.

Staff from Overbrook School for the Blind championed the apps because they helped students read or type but were still inconspicuous.

“Students tend to shy away from using anything that makes them look different than others,” teacher Stephanie Hayes told Drexel.

The apps are free and currently only available for Android , but the team is working on Windows Mobile and iOS versions.

 

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes has been covering the Philadelphia tech scene since 2012. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

  • http://www.pattan.net Monica Maiese

    My work includes the needs of students with Low Incidence Disabilities and I was very excited to hear about your Apps for the blind. I plan to try them out as well as share this with my daughter who teaches for The Maryland School for the Blind. Thank you for your work to enhance assistive technology.

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