Building Disability Apps

Right now I’m doing my last course for college, after which I’ll do a graduation project at a pretty cool IT company before getting my Bachelor’s degree. It’s also why I’ve been absent the past two weeks.

The course is about how to build Android apps and it got me interested in making apps to make life more accessible. As a programmer I should always keep in mind how to make programs that are as accessible as possible for its users, such as allowing the font to be changed or changing the back ground colour for better visibility, so I want to do something similar for our day to day life.

To begin doing that, I’ve created a survey where I ask which disabilities people have, how those disabilities affect their lives, which apps they’re currently using and what kind of apps they want or need. I’ve also asked which platform they use to help me decide which platform I’ll build for first and how they would be willing to contribute to the costs of making those app.

At the time of writing this post, Android and iOS had the same amount of users, so at this point I’ve decided that I’ll start with Android, mainly because it’s cheaper to develop for it (one time 25$ registration fee as opposed to Apple’s 99$ a year subscription fee) and I’ve gotten some experience with it already during this course.

It seems that mainly a good organisational app and a good AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) app are wanted, so I’ll start with those. Of course I’ll first need to do some more research on those subjects, so I’ll do some literature research first, possibly supplementing it with more surveys. After those I’ll start on the other app suggestions.

You can find the answers I’ve gotten on this survey here.

The survey is still open to answer, and I’ll probably keep it that way for a long time, so if you’re disabled and haven’t already filled in the form, please do so here.

Stirfried Eggplant

Eggplant, Garlic, Cumin, Chilli Flakes, Lee Kum Kee's Vegetarian Stir-Fry Sauce

This is an easy and quick recipe that I make all the time. Below I give some serving tips of how I eat it usually, feel free to leave your own tips in the comments.

Before you start, make sure you read all the steps thoroughly, so you won’t forget anything, but feel free to experiment. This recipe is how I make it and you can make it your own way with spices and oils that you like. Please let me know if you do and I’ll try your way as well.

Ingredients:

1 large Eggplant

1/4 teaspoon Chilli flakes

1 teaspoon Cumin

1 clove Garlic

4 tablespoons Vegetable oil

4 tablespoons Lee Kum Kee’s Vegetarian Stir-Fry Sauce

  • If you can’t find Lee Kum Kee’s Vegetarian Stir-Fry Sauce you can other sauces as well, experiment with it until you find something that fits your taste.
Eggplant, Garlic, Cumin, Chilli Flakes, Lee Kum Kee's Vegetarian Stir-Fry Sauce

Ingredients of the stir-fried eggplant.

Equipment:

1 Stir-fry pan with lid

1 Stirring spoon

1 Garlic press

1 Cutting board

1 Vegetable knife

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10~15 minutes

Total time: 15~20 minutes

Preparations:

  1. Dice the Eggplant into pieces of roughly 1 centimetre, it’s okay if they’re not exactly 1 centimetre.
  • I leave the skin on the Eggplant, but if you don’t like that you can remove the skin before cutting it into pieces.
  1. Cut of the of the clove of Garlic that was attached to the entire bulb and remove the skin.
  • If the clove of Garlic is too big for your Garlic press you can cut it in smaller pieces that fit.
  • If you don’t have a Garlic press cut the Garlic into as small as possible pieces instead.

Cooking:

  1. Put the oil in the pan.
  2. Heat the pan on the highest setting of your stove.
  3. Put the Chilli flakes and Cumin into the pan.
  4. Put the Garlic in the Garlic press and press it into the pan.
  • If you don’t have a Garlic press, use the small pieces that you’ve cut the Garlic into instead.
  1. Stir the Chilli, Cumin and Garlic for 1 minute.
  2. Put the diced Eggplant into the pan.
  3. Stir the Eggplant until most pieces are covered with the Chilli, Cumin and Garlic.
  4. Put the Sauce into the pan.
  5. Stir the Eggplant until most of the pieces are covered with the sauce.
  6. Put the lid on the pan and let it simmer for 5~10 minutes.
  • You can taste the Eggplant to see if it’s done. The skin should be a bit chewy, while the flesh of the Eggplant should be soft.
Stir-fry, Eggplant

Stir-frying the eggplant

Serving Tips:

Put it on some pita bread with hummus. This is the easiest and, in my opinion, most delicious way to eat it.

Stir-fry, Eggplant, Pita Bread, Hummus

Stir-fried eggplant, served on pita bread with hummus

 

You can also put it on a wrap with some brown rice. Make sure you cook the brown rice first though.

Stir-fry, Eggplant, Wrap, Brown Rice

Stir-fried eggplant, served on a wrap with brown rice.