It has been difficult for some students to transition from an in-person classroom to a virtual one. This being said there are additional challenges faced by students with disabilities.

What it does

Learn Aid seeks to address challenges facing students that are hearing impaired, dyslexic, or visually impaired who can use TalkBack feature which is already enabled in their phones to navigate to the following features:

  • Conversion of pdf, learning material, assignment into a dyslexia-friendly font
  • Audio recording or pdf to audio for visually impaired students
  • Speech to Text feature for taking notes. We also provided an option to save the pdfs.
  • Students can connect with a counsellor easily and seek advice on study related issues and other problems they might be facing in online classes
  • Resources section leads students to useful resources to help them in studies

How We built it

Learn Aid is a mobile app built using Flutter. Flutter is a cross platform development framework which allows us to design apps for both android and iOS with just one codebase. Learn Aid has a simple UI and size of icons/text has been increased to make it more accessible.

Challenges we ran into

We mostly had challenges in debugging the code and finding the right packages to add features such as live captioning.

Accomplishments that We're proud of

We were able to add most of the features that we envisioned for the app during ideation.

What we learned

We learned about some of the issues that students with disabilities are facing in their day-to day student life in these tough times. This includes that accommodations that were made for students with disabilities in a face to face learning environment had to be revisited when classrooms shifted to being online. We were also able to expand our knowledge of the library by researching which packages we needed to add features to our app.

What's next for Learn Aid

Learn Aid can be further developed to add more features that align with the needs of students with disabilities. This would include some research to understand the challenges these students face that are currently not being addressed with the use of technology.

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