Framework : Designing a Mobile Application to Help Those with Dyspraxia

The Story before Framework

Within the last decades, mobile phones have evolved from solely being used as a communication device into a tool that can be used for a variety of tasks: such as listening to music, browsing the Internet and shopping.  This expansion in mobile phone utility led to the creation of mobile applications, as they provide solutions that specifically meet the user’s needs. More specifically, the growth in mobile applications has encouraged areas such as Assistive Technology to instigate a novel method of connecting effective tools with individuals who would benefit from the support. Currently, there appears to be a disproportionate amount of AT available across varying disabilities. Moreover, there are assistive technologies that target certain aspects of an individual’s disability/disorder; however, many disabilities/disorders are multifaceted. An example of this is with Dyspraxia, where there less assistive technologies developed/adapted compared to other Specific Learning Differences such as Dyslexia. Further research indicated that the lack of applications for adults with dyspraxia, and therefore the use of many mobiles application as a replacement, causes problem leading to confusion and stress.

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