Two international students on supervised by York University Faculty of Health Professor Christo El Morr have developed an innovative app that enables accessibility monitoring.
Ishita Saraswat, from Dayalbagh Educational Institute Dayalbagh in Agra, India, and Aymen Brahim, from the University of Sfax’s National School of Electronics and Telecommunication (ENET’COM) in Tunisia, both on internships at York, have developed an Android app prototype that assists users in reporting and monitoring accessibility issues in a certain location (e.g. public areas and buildings).
Reported accessibility issues can then be shared and brought to the attention of interested parties. The app aims to assist disability organizations and activists and will help private and public organizations become aware of accessibility challenges.
The project was initiated by El Morr along with York University Professor Nancy Davis Halifax, and the students were funded by the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship. The internship program is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates to participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.