New Haven Students create APP for people with disabilities

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – An APP for the disabled, created by students at Engineering Science University Magnet School.

MT4D, Mobile Transportation for Disabilities, could improve the quality of life of the physically and emotionally challenged.

Four students at ESUMS came up with it in their Mobile App Design Class.

Junior, Tiana Walker explained, “It’s an APP for mobile devices that help people with disabilities use ADA paratransit companies to get from point A to point B with minimum problems as possible.”

Mikayla Osumah, a dophomore said, “They have to go to their appointments and they use paratransit services so it’s really a long wait time and they can’t- if it’s cold they have to wait outside for a long time. They don’t get alerts.”

Access to healthcare for those disabled could change with this new concept.

“You enter your address and the time you want to get picked up. They will show you a map as well as a picture of your driver’s location and your distance based limits,” said Bethany Turnage, also a Sophomore.

This innovative group has a loved one or a friend who could benefit from what they’ve created. But it’s one of their own, Osumah, born with nerve damage, who could tap into it.

She said, “I have limited range of motion in my right arm. Maybe I don’t want to or I can’t or I’m not as comfortable behind the wheel then I can apply for the paratransit services and I can use them and use the APP.”

Already, they’ve won $20,000 in technology from Samsung for their school.

Asked if they expected to win, they answered a confident “Yes!”

They have a good shot at winning another $40,000 worth.

Tiana said, “We did research after research after research to make sure our APP was unique and that it said something to the world that this is it, this is new and it’s an upgrade to technology and society.”

Math, science, or technology was not a challenge when you attend a school like this one.

“The toughest part was figuring out the name for our APP, as well as the people we were going to help,” said Bethany, “We decided to go more generalized. We wanted to go, let’s help everyone. Let’s not categorize people with disabilities.”

Smart, savvy students with a caring heart.

The City of New Haven is working with them to fine tune the APP.

If the students win the next phase of the Samsung competition, they’ll head to New York City to try to come home with the grand prize of $120,000 of technology.

But, the goal is to make the APP a reality, and they are working hard on making that happen.

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