Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey has announced that the Department for Work and Pensions will be giving £14,240 to the Communication for Blind and Disabled People to help train 200 blind people to use a ‘guide dog’ smartphone app called Georgie.
Georgie has a voice-assisted touch screen and features to help the blind with activities like catching a bus and reading printed text, designed by blind couple Roger and Margaret Wilson-Hinds who named it after her first guide dog.
According to the minister, “Georgie is fantastic new technology for blind and partially-sighted people in today’s busy world.”
According to Roger Wilson-Hinds, “The DPULO initiative is a great example of how the government is backing disabled entrepreneurs like myself to champion disability issues and I am proud that our charity received a grant to improve the lives of others with special needs.
The great thing that attracted me to creating the app was the notion of gaining confidence, and also having reassurance that you could press a button and get help if you were lost,” he added.
‘Georgie’ won the “Google Outstanding Use of Technology in the Field of Diversity” award at the European Diversity Awards 2012.
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