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App helps spinal patients get their lives back

Published: February 13, 2013  |  Source: computerworld.com.au

Blair Taylor with iPadiPhone and iPad app based on guide created by Spinal Cord Injuries Australia

A new iPhone and iPad app enables people with spinal cord damage to access information that will help them get their lives back on track after a life-changing injury.

The app was created by Apps-House and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA). It is based on ‘Back on Track’, a guide to life after a spinal cord injury, developed by SCIA.

SCIA said the app provides information about transport, financials, legal matters, employment, bladder care, assistance dogs and clothing. It also helps patients find disability service providers and accessible places to visit, and provides news and information about spinal cord injuries.

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Andy Farrell, who has a spinal injury, said his life was easier thanks to the new app.

“I’m sure it wasn’t top of mind for Steve Jobs when creating these technologies but they have revolutionised the lives of some people with a spinal cord injury,” he said.

“Due to my disabilities, I don’t have the full use of my fingers and hands, which makes it difficult to read a book, operate a traditional mobile phone or use a computer.

“The technology of the iPhone and iPad makes it easy for me to use with just a light touch or quick swipe. SCIA’s new smartphone app allows me to have quick and convenient access to vital resources and information.”

The SCIA is hoping to launch a version of the app for Android devices in the future.

The app’s release follows a program in mid-2012 to distribute modified iPads to spinal patients at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney to help them browse the web and connect with family and friends.

Byron Connolly (Computerworld)

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