Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Handy Apps for Persons with Disabilities

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Too often MS limits an individual's independence; however, technology today may offer some unique solutions from Google Maps to cell phone apps there are a wide variety of tools designed to keep us moving.

We have talked about using Google Maps as a transportation tool in the past.  A new way to approach this problem is AXS Map, an innovative app designed by Jason DaSilva, who lives with MS himself, specifically for people with MS and other mobility conditions. Pronounced "access map," this app is an interactive rating and reference tool that allows individuals to look at a Google-Maps-style map and determine what restaurants, businesses, stores, etc. are the most accessible. In other words, it's Four Square for accessibility. Check out the video to the  right (or click here) for a better understanding   of what it is and how to use it.

To try AXS Map for yourself, go here, and type in your city of choice and destination, such as "restaurant" or "movie theater." Unfortunately, since this is a new tool, many cities are not thoroughly mapped and rated. However, as more people are introduced to AXS Map and begin to routinely update the map based on their daily interactions, it won't be long before more cities are fully documented. In the meantime, the app still works as an excellent tool for personal record keeping of accessible locations. For additional information on AXS Map and creator Jason DaSilva, visit the associated nonprofit AXS Lab or this website for DaSilva's latest film "When I Walk," a documentary covering his daily life with MS.

Another set of tools well worth a look is listed here. Follow the link and you will find Healthline's Top 10 Apps for Multiple Sclerosis Patients. Ranging from a self-care manager to the Society's magazines, these apps will aide with a variety of activities and should help improve quality of life. At the very least these tools provide individuals a little more peace of mind by helping those living with MS to better manage this variable and complex disease.

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