Technology December 14, 2019
New Telugu speaking app ‘Javab’ aims to empower disabled people in rural areas
‘Javab’ is a new app that was launched on 3 December. The Telugu speaking app provides information on disability schemes and policies of the state and central governments. The app has been developed by Srinivasulu M. ‘Javab’ hopes to empower Telugu speaking people, mainly from rural areas. The app has been named after renowned disability rights activist late Javed Abidi who passed away last year.
For millions of people with disabilities in India, education has been a distant dream. Due to lack of accessibility and awareness about disabilities, many have been unable to attend schools or college. The numbers are not any less in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Disability rights activist Srinivasulu M has developed an exclusive app for Telugu speaking people with disabilities. The new Javab App will provide awareness and information about various policies and schemes of both states and central governments. The first Telugu speaking app, ‘Javab’ hopes to bridge barriers. The app was launched on 3 December by Cabinet Minister Koppula Eshwar.
Origin of ‘Javab’ app for the disabled community
‘Javab’ app for disabled has been named after popular disability rights activist late Javed Abidi who passed away last year. The app is a tribute towards the work that has done for empowerment of people with disabilities across India. ‘Javab’ app was designed after much study on needs and requirements of disabled people in both rural and urban areas in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Since most of the available apps are in English, disabled users across Telangana finds it hard to use it. Srinivasulu M is also the President of the Network of Persons with Disabilities (NPD). He hopes the app can empower disabled people in rural areas.
Most of the people do not know how to use English apps. Hence, they are unable to get speedy justice. People do not even know about the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. In order to make ‘Javab’, we have worked with people from the grass root levels. Javab in Hindi means answers and that is just what we aim to give- Srinivasulu N.
All that you need to know about ‘Javab’ App
‘Javab’ app for disabled clearly tells how a person can avail their rights without hassles. They can get information about everything in Telugu in just a fingertip. “We are planning to connect the app to YouTube next. So people can get video information. We are covering everything possible which includes health, education, social security and rehabilitation. Covering 21 disabilities is not easy. But we want the community to be empowered”, says Srinivasulu.
People with disabilities across India hopes that ‘Javab’ app for disabled will be introduced in bilingual languages in a few months. “I would definitely use this app if it is introduced in Hindi or English. But how will the makers fund for the app? Will they show us accessible buildings and so on? These are a few questions that come to my mind. I wish all the best to the makers of the app which is unique”, says Pulkit Sharma, a wheelchair user from Delhi.
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