Innovation for Independence


Publish date:
16/01/2015 - 11:32am
Last updated:
16/01/2015 - 11:32am

PAapp is a new exciting innovative Smartphone App & Device that will assist disabled people & vulnerable users in both an emergency and with medical appointments. PAapp will also offer accessible advisory assistance through a dedicated call centre setting. PAapp will also assist in the safeguarding of vulnerable people through its additional features/service. PAapp is informed by my own personal and professional experience of living and working with disabled people, and my personal interest in the personalisation agenda and how it affects the lives of disabled people. PAapp is intended for use but not limited for use by people with a range of disabilities including physically disabled (both young & old), people with hearing impairments, visual impairments, older people, people with memory problems or confusion, people with learning disabilities, people with diabetes and people living on their own in their own homes This app is guided by the principle surrounding The social model of disability which looks at ways of removing barriers that restrict life choices for disabled people, vulnerable adults as is fully accessibility and access to Information

Insight & Impact

Having both personal and professional experience of disability has given me a insight into the issues affecting disabled people living independently in the community. I came up with this product/service when I realised just how difficult it was for profoundly deaf people or people with hearing impairments to contact emergency services in the event of emergency. From personal experience I also experienced a time where I collapsed and couldn’t hear to respond to individuals however this app will make it simple for people to get hold of my N.O.K or a Call centre to get background medical history if I unable to communicate. Having conducted a usability study I received very positive feedback from people with a range of sensory and physical disabilities on the App / device which showed a need for the product. The app was seen as useful, reassuring and as improving the speed and ease of contact when trying to access help, in both emergency and non-emergency situation participates felt it would be quick, easy to use, and “would provide reassurance there’s someone somewhere, someone can get to you, whether you’re lost or not, unless you don’t have the internet ...I will definitely get it, I would.”

Skills needed for this project

  • Financial Assistance & Advice
  • Product Development
  • Marketing
  • Commercial Development