A new app, developed by a special school in Noida, promise to facilitate communication for disabled students.
The app is named Vaakya, and will be available for free on Android phones from February 16.
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Vaakya has been launched by Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, a charitable institution for children with special needs.
Vandana Sharma, director of the school, told Hindustan Times, “MBCN has been working towards empowering children with special needs for 18 years now. With Vaakya, our mission is to give the specially abled a tool to communicate efficiently and make them independent and self-reliant.”
The app is an augmentative and alternative tool (AAC) that will use a mix of images as well as phrases to help the user communicate more effectively. It will not require an internet connection and will use the device’s memory to operate.
Vaakya will benefit users who find themselves unable to communicate due to a variety of physical and developmental disorders, including autism and cerebral palsy.
The school has also launched an e-commerce site to showcase and sell products created by their students. The online store is part of the school’s official website, and offers a variety of stationery and gift items.
Know more about MBCN and its student-made products on the website.