Little Neck school first in the US to offer Essential Accessibility app


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre
THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

P.S. 811Q in Little Neck is the first school in the country to offer the Essential Accessibility app for people with disabilities.

JANAE HUNTER 

A Little Neck elementary school is paving the way for people with disabilities.

P.S. 811Q on Marathon Parkway is the first school in the nation to partner with Canadian company Essential Accessibility and offer its app, which is designed to help people who can’t browse the web through conventional methods.

Through the app, students, parents, faculty and volunteers can navigate the web completely hands free through motion technology and voice activation. The app is most suitable for those who have dexterity challenges or reading difficulties brought on by conditions such as dyslexia, cerebral palsy, arthritis and paralysis, according to the company’s website.

“We are extremely proud to be the first school in the country to provide this groundbreaking app on our website,” said Penny Ryan, principal of P.S. 811Q.
Ryan hopes that this new app will allow those at the school with disabilities to access to school’s website for vital information, such as events and educational resources.

“By offering this app, we are able to better reach and involve all members of the P.S. 811Q community and empower them to become active participants in providing the brightest possible future for all students.”

The app is free and can be downloaded by clicking the blue wheelchair and keyboard icon on the upper right corner on the school’s website. Once downloaded, users will be able to access the app on any website.

 

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