ICT – innovation leaders of the Zero Project

This page contains a collection of outstanding ICT innovations supporting inclusion and accessibility of persons with disabilities worldwide. The selection has been done – and constantly updated – by the Zero Project team, based on its extensive research on Innovative Practices and Policies worldwide. Each entry contains a brief summary and Fact Sheets and links to videos when available.

AccessEarth – Ireland

AN APP REVIEWING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF LOCATIONS BY USER’S “YES” AND “NO”

Access Earth is a start-up company based in Dublin, Ireland, that has created a user-centric website and app to engage and encourage the disability community to find, explore, and review their location of choice.

Amar Seva Sangam – India

App-based family centred early intervention therapy in rural communities

Amar Seva Snagam (ASSA) runs an Early Intervention Centre. To make its services also available in more distant regions, ASSA has developed a training program for community rehabilitation workers, including an app for ongoing support. Besides connectivity, the app serves to track the progress of the therapy.

AXSMap – USA

The playful way to create accessibility maps

The free app features a gamification element called “AXS Mapathons,” whereby teams compete against each other in real time while rating venues in their community on their accessibility. Google supports AXS Map through their annual volunteer programme, Google Serve. By mid of 2017, ASX Map had 100,000 users in 200 cities.

Benetech/Bookshare – USA

Accessible eBook library with over 775,000 books in 47 languages

Benetech’s software platform renders books and other print materials into five accessible digital formats.The organization works with 900 publishers and NGOs. Membership in Bookshare is free for eligible US students, while individuals from the US and other countries pay up to a maximum of USD 50 per year.

atempo/ Capito App – Austria

Capito is a social franchise network with independent partners. They translate business information, texts, news and advertising materials into easily understandable language.

Sehat kahani/ doctHers – Pakistan

Quality healthcare and counselling through video technology

doctHERs is a novel health care platform that connects female doctors to millions of underserved patients, including those with disabilities, in real-time while leveraging online technology. doctHERs overcomes sociocultural barriers that tie women to their homes, and at the same times provides access to quality health care.

Enable India

Mobile phone-based information sharing service about accessible opportunities in rural India

Namma Vaani is a voice-based social network, where information is shared via mobile phones (no smartphone and web-access needed), which allows users to listen and respond to voice messages from the disability community regarding education and employment opportunities, workplace solutions, enhanced life skills, and more.

Feelif – Slovenia

Feelif devices are special tactile grids which enable the user to literally feel what is on the screen. Using a combination of vibration, sound and visual information the user can start to become digitally sighted.

Fight the Stroke/Mirrorable – Italy

Therapy IT-Platform Improves Motor Function in Young People with Cerebral Palsy

Mirrorable is a home-based therapy programme based on Action Observation Treatment, which states that by observing and imitating the actions of others we trigger specific neurons in our own brain. Young stroke survivors are paired via a video platform and undertake tasks together to improve motor skills.

Gallaudet University – USA

Creating bilingual storybooks in written and sign language

With the VL2 Storybook Creator deaf children can use touch screen tablets to read independently, but also to learn and even create texts in both sign language and printed text. The programme, also trains and supports the deaf community to develop vital skills – including filming, editing and translating.

Greta & Starks – Germany

Mobile App Providing Captioning and Audio Description in Cinemas

Film distributors provide Greta & Starks with an audio description and subtitles for films that are showing in cinemas and the company uploads these to the free GRETA app, which people can then use in cinemas without needing special equipment. Over 30,000 people used the app between 2014 and 2018, and 80 to 100 films are added each year.

inAble – Kenya/USA

Supporting schools to establish assistive technology labs for blind students

inABLE supports specialized schools to teach students who are blind in assistive and digital technologies. The NGO not only equips the necessary infrastructure, but also provides instructors and the training for teachers. For the students, inABLE has designed an assistive technology computer curriculum.

Inclov – India

Social Platform Tailored for People with Disabilities

Inclov stands for “inclusive love” and is a matchmaking app for people with and without disabilities to make friends and connections. One of the profile items asks about disabilities, if any, including the level of dependency. Inclov reviews applications and verifies stated contact details. In 2018, Inclov had some 50,000 subscribers.

IntegraMouse Plus, ipad Learning – Austria

A computer mouse steered with the mouth

With the IntegraMouse a computer can be operated with the use of one’s mouth, whereby minimal movements of the lips are enough to move a cursor. The IntegraMouse was developed for people with paraplegia, myasthenia, motoric nerve diseases, and amputations and is seen as a full-value replacement for a conventional computer mouse.

Irisbond – Spain

Controlling the computer with eye movements

Irisbond Primma is a system whereby a simple and intuitive interface allows users to access any Windows computer application accurately through eye movement. With just the use of their eyes, those who are disabled and have slurred speech can access the usual functions, such as surfing the Internet, writing texts, sending an email, etc.

LAZARILLO TEC SPA – Chile

Outdoor and indoor orientation for people who are blind

The app uses audible messages to provide users with information about their location, pointing out street junctions and reporting on places of interest, such as businesses, institutions, etc. If required, it can also guide the user to a specific point. By mid-2017 Lazarillo had already more than 7,000 users in 14 countries.

Livox – Brazil

Alternative communication platform for people with learning difficulties

The Livox app enables users with speaking or learning difficulties to communicate using virtual cards with pictures or illustrated short phrases. The app can be operated noth by blinking and by speech. The app is self-learning and also features a content creator to add communication cards with videos, pictures and music.

Mathildr – Germany

Mathildr is a system for depicting quantities. The learning materials are suitable for teaching in schools, for use in educational support or for learning at home. mathildr is available as an app for tablet and PC, a wooden ten-slot-field, learning cards and wooden dice. The app is suitable for all children and can be used in joint teaching.

Mobility Mojo LLC – Ireland

Trip Advisor-style accessibility mapping of venues, transport and festivals

Mobility Mojo lists the accessibility of points of interest, events, and transportation for persons with mobility, visual, and hearing impairments in Ireland. Site and app include a mixture of self-uploaded information from establishments and from user reviews. By 2017 over 600 business and over 1000 services were listed.

MyMind GmbH/Brain Hero – Austria

Brain Hero is designed as a mobile Neurofeedback training for home use. The EEG and the smartphone/tablet are connected via Bluetooth. The child controls the training only with his brain activity –  almost with the concentration and relaxation in a defined brain region.

Nayi Disha Resource Centre – India

Free online platform supporting families of children with intellectual disabilities

The Nayi Disha Resource Centre offers a free online platform for families with children with developmental disabilities. Building on this, the NGO has developed a program to support caregivers with limited digital literacy by using resources such as WhatsApp as well as workshops, support groups or family events.

Neatebox – United Kingdom

Announce your visit and special request to stores and public services

Using iBeacon and other technologies and accessibility features of regular smartphones, people with disabilities can specify their service need, such as a barrier-free entry or support and guidance and recipients can plan and prepare for the visit. From July 2017 to June 2018 1,000 people downloaded the app.

OrCam – Israel

Voice-activated device that provides increased independence by communicating visual information and audibly. With OrCam MyEye, you can read text, recognize faces, identify products & more

Pedius – Italy

Mobile application allowing deaf people to make phone calls without an interpreter

Users type or speak their message into their device and Pedius sends it to the contact they choose, using either the user’s own voice or an automated voice through speech synthesis. In real-time, users read the written translation of the recipient’s answer through Pedius’s voice recognition software on the display of their device.

RogerVoice – France

Rogervoice breaks down communication barriers by making voice calls visually accessible through instant and real-time text captioning, or by video call with a sign language interpreter.

SciFY – SCIENCE FOR YOU – Greece

Free open-source electronic games for children

“Games for the Blind” is a series of free electronic games designed for blind children as well as an online platform to create and share their own game. The games are designed to familiarize children with computers and to allow them to practice their hearing and other skills while having the option to play with their peers.

Signly – United Kingdom 

Signly Browser Extension allows users to request translation of a page. Signly serves up pre-recorded, broadcast quality signed content, signed by real people, in-browser. The extension keeps the British Sign Language and English synced.

SignTime – Austria

The Sign Language Avatar Project

SiMAX is a semi-automatic system designed to translate text into sign language by combining technology from animation pictures, the gaming industry, and computer-aided translation services. As a fully automatic translation is not possible, the translation process is managed by a professional, deaf person.

Social Skills Animation – Serbia

An application that allows the user-therapist, with the use of a PC, Tablet or mobile phone, to transform very quickly a social story or a comic strip to animation and present it, instantaneously, to the person they are treating for targeted therapeutic reason.

Sonokids – Australia

Early-learning technology for children who are blind or visually impaired

Ballyland is a range of gamified educational software programmes and apps. These support children who are blind or visually impaired to acquire foundational technology skills that enable them to use computers and mobile devices and to practice orientation, spatial awareness, memory, and listening comprehension.

SpeechGear – USA

A website offering instant captioning and translation

Streamer is a subscription-based website that captions speech to text in real-time and also offers an option to translate simultaneously into 117 languages. Streamer is suitable for use with speeches, conversations, classroom lectures, seminars, and webinars. Users can set up a private and secure Streamer website

Univali – Digital games design – Brazil

Digital game design by children with and without intellectual disabilities

Through the framework of the “I’ve made my game”, children with and without disabilities are encouraged to create digital games together. This collaborative process allows children to be involved in intellectual and affective activities of negotiation, ideas development, results analysis, and interaction.

User 1st – Israel

Accessible websites created “automatically”

To offer solutions that are effective and efficient in terms of both time and cost, User1st has created a way for designers of webpages to make them barrier-free without the need to change existing databases. This is done by adding a single line of code, allowing the User1st Editor to then detect, fixe, and monitor a website.

VR Therapies – United Kingdom

Virtual reality therapy is the use of virtual reality technology for psychological and/or physical therapy. Those receiving virtual reality therapy navigate through digitally created environments. They can incorporate specially designed tasks tailored to treat a specific ailment or simply provide a relaxing and therapeutic environment.

Wayfindr – United Kingdom

ITU standard on indoor audio navigation system for the blind

Wayfindr is the world’s first internationally-recognised standard for accessible audio navigation. It was approved in March 2017 by the ITU and gives governments, companies, and NGOs around the world an accepted benchmark along with a host of resources to implement the technology in their own organizations.

wheelmap, accessibility cloud – Germany

The Accessibility Cloud is a comprehensive tool, that is able to bring together location-based information and ratings from different accessibility databases and apps onto one platform. This information is connected to the Wheelmap database and shows up on the online map.