What’s great about technology, especially in this decade is that everyone has access to a plethora of information and resources that can help them easily find and/or create exactly what they are looking for. This is a huge blessing when it comes to assistive technology because more and more parents are taking things in their own hands using technology to come up with accessibility solutions for their kids instead of waiting for a developer to create something and mass market! Spell Master, an app created by Ruchi Patil, is a great example of that.
Ruchi Patil is a mother of a 10 year kid who is blind. He is a voracious reader and an exceptional
JAWS user. But because he couldn’t practice how to spell words using a computer, his spellings were a little weak. To take care of this problem, Ruchi went on to create an iPad app that lets him practice spellings on the go! She emails him a list of words that she wants him to practice and he emails her the results right away straight from Spell Master. Since it is on the iPad, it is more like a game which helps in garnering more of kids’ interest and attention. Ruchi’s son also attaches an external keyboard to his iPad to type into it. Spell Master also allows kids to test their spellings in various other languages besides English. Sample tests for French, Spanish, and Hindi are included in the app.
It’s a simple yet great concept for teaching visually impaired children at a very young age to spell words right. Spell Master
is available on the app store for $4.99 and requires iOS 7.0 or later.
The app in itself is amazing, but it is also a great step towards encouraging parents to develop apps for their kids and loved ones to fulfill their needs!