New App Launched to Help Visually Impaired People to Read Unicode Doc Files called “Accessible Doc Reader”

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, News, October 29 2018

Innovation Garage Limited

Innovation Garage Limited

DHAKA, BANGLADESH: The application launched on 29th September 2018 at jatiya press club in Dhaka. Innovation Garage Limited has developed an important innovation for persons with visual disability The Accessible Doc Reader overcomes a previously insurmountable problem for people with a visual impairment who want to read and work with DOCX, RTF and text files in Bangla and English language.

A smartphone application called “Accessible Doc Reader” to assist visually impaired people to read document files on mobile phone. A visually impaired person can use this app to go over document files written in Unicode fonts.  There is a browse button which can open DOCX, RTF and TXT documents and easily navigate by some Left, Right, Read and Stop button etc. The Accessible Doc Reader has a range of functions which make DOCX, RTF and TXT documents accessible to visually impaired smartphones and mini tablets users and also to older people and those with learning disabilities. The Accessible Doc Reader filters the text out of a document and presents it in a user-friendly interface.

Innovation Garage Limited’s Managing Director Ashiqur Rahman Amit said they will make the app’s source code open to all within a few days, so that anyone can contribute to its improvement. “Our aim is to develop scale-able, available and complex but user friendly solution. We provide need-based customized systems for individuals or groups and we will unveil a PDF reader for the visually impaired on Pahela Baishakh, on the occasion of Bangla New Year.”

Speaking as chief guest at the inauguration ceremony, Dhaka University (DU) Vice Chancellor Prof Akhtaruzzaman said the app will be of much help to the visually impaired, especially students. He also assured of DU’s assistance in promoting the use of the app among visually impaired students. Several visually impaired college and university students, including from Dhaka University, tried out the app at the programme.

The Doc Reader application can be downloaded from Google Play Store free of cost:

Source: Innovation Garage Limited

Re-posted with permission

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