Thanks to a new iPhone and iPad app, people with a spinal cord injury now have a wealth of information at their fingertips to help them get back on track after a life changing injury.
The app is based on ‘Back on Track’ the comprehensive guide to life after a spinal cord injury, developed by Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA).
Created in collaboration with Apps-House<http://www.apps-house.com.au/>, the app is a one-stop-shop of information covering transport, financials, legal matters, employment, bladder care, assistance dogs, clothing, disability service providers, accessible places to visit and news and information about spinal cord injury.
The app builds upon SCIA’s drive to use technology to assist people with a spinal cord injury. In March of 2012 ConnectAbility, a joint program with IT business solutions provider ASG Group, started distributing iPads to newly injured people in the Spinal Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital. The App will be preloaded onto these iPads and available for anyone else to download for free.
SCIA client Andy Farrell said life is certainly 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 smart phone app allows me to have quick and convenient access to vital resources and information. In the short time that it was launched, I have already benefited from the information the app has made readily available.”
Peter Perry, Chief Executive of SCIA said, “newly injured people have a lot to learn and often people who have been living with a spinal cord injury or another physical disability for a long time can become out of touch with the latest services, products, technology and innovations in treatment that can help make their everyday lives easier. SCIA’s app will help share this crucial information with people, helping them remain informed about the broad range of options out there to help them get on with their lives and avoid social isolation.”
At this stage, the app is available on iPhone and iPad and SCIA hopes to launch it on Android in the future.
To download this free app search ‘SCIA’ in the Apple App Store or visit: www.bit.ly/SCIAAPP<http://www.bit.ly/SCIAAPP>