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Students from Mount Grace School want to end isolation for disabled children with their app Disability Society
Two 13 year-old students from Mount Grace School, Hertfordshire were announced as finalists for the prestigious national Apps for Good Awards today. Their app Disability Society, that seeks to help disabled children to communicate with their friends wowed the judges. Disability Society is a finalist in the accessibility category, powered by Samsung.
- Selected from hundreds of applicants from across the UK, the team behind Disability Society will now pitch their app idea to a panel of industry leaders at the annual Apps for Good Awards, to be held on 20th June at the Barbican in London.
- Now in its fifth year, the Awards recognise and celebrate young entrepreneurs. Any students who study the free Apps for Good course – currently being delivered in 1,000 schools nationwide – are able to enter the awards in order to have the chance to work with a professional development agency and have their app launched on the market. Disability Society are now down to the final three and competing against two other teams in their category in the hope that their app can be the one that is brought to life in 2017.
- The team is made up of: Charlotte Ryan aged 13 and Nikita Holyland aged 13, who took part in the Apps for Good course at Mount Grace School.
“We came up with the idea as we both have friends who have disabilities and we knew that it would help them and us to understand more about different disabilities. We are both very nervous and excited about doing the presentation at the Apps for Good Awards but hope that the app will be helpful to lots of children”.
Debbie Forster, co-CEO of Apps for Good explains,
“Massive congratulations to Disability Society for becoming a finalist in this year’s Apps for Good Awards. The calibre of apps submitted from across the country was, once again, phenomenal, and proves we have a generation of very bright young digital makers, bursting with ideas and ready to thrive in a tech driven future.
Our mission at Apps for Good is to equip these young people with the skills to allow them to move from being technology consumers to technology creators. We wish Disability Society and all of the other finalists, the best of luck for the Awards ceremony”
Kit Lam, Chief Innovation Officer, Samsung Electronics R&D Institute commented:
“At Samsung we’re thrilled to be supporting the Apps for Good Awards for the third year running. The standard of entries into the Accessibility category has been very high and we have shortlisted three finalists which fully exemplify our vision, to design technology with purpose and improve people’s lives.
We have been impressed by the human focus these bright young minds have given to their apps, which demonstrates just how much they care about helping others live better lives through technology. We wish each and every finalist the very best of luck in the awards and in their future endeavours.”