Mobile phones as assistive technologies: Gaps and opportunities

Catherine Holloway, Felipe Ramos Barajas, Dr Giulia Barbareschi, Clara Aranda, Michael Nique
Aug. 5, 2019

In the last decade, mobile phones have become invaluable allays in the everyday lives of people with disabilities. Even in low and middle-income countries mobile phones are highly popular and the penetration rate of mobile technology is almost three times higher than for desktop computers and broadband lines. Despite their diffusion and their importance, large datasets on how people with disabilities in lower resourced settings use mobile phones, the services they access and the barriers they encounter when interacting with mobile technology, are scarce.