BRIDGE- An app that bridges the divide between teens with disabilities and those who would like to get involved.
Shruthi S., Maria C., Anisha G., Meghana C., Hannah L.
BRIDGE is a phone application that aims to provide teens with resources necessary to interact with their peers with disabilities. The app provides tips for teens and resources, location-based events they can get involved in, and a chat feature to socialize with others. With these components, BRIDGE provides a safe place for teens to communicate with one another, make lifelong friends, find ways to get involved, and access the many resources available to them, all in one simple mobile app.
Nowadays, too many teens are socialized to turn a blind eye or walk away when meeting their peers with disabilities. This instinct creates a barrier that separates teens. Although the divide is not intentional, teens are often unaware of the toll that their actions have. While many teens want to change the social norm, they lack the knowledge of the resources that are available for them to get involved.
The idea behind BRIDGE is simple: to bridge the gap between teens with disabilities and those who want to get involved but do not know how. BRIDGE hopes to break the social barrier and the preconceived notion that people with disabilities need to be treated differently. Using the power of a strong community, BRIDGE strives to encourage teens to get involved in the special needs field and form lifelong relationships so that, in the near future, the isolated feeling that some kids with disabilities experience is decimated and that the gap BRIDGED!
The app does this in three ways:
1) Tips and etiquette for teens to follow
2) Location-based events for teens to get involved
3) A chat for teens to socialize with one another
We started with MIT App Inventor to create our app. Unfortunately, this did not work out and we quickly needed a solution. We decided on Swift for iOS apps, and used Xcode. This was a new language to most of us, as only one member of our group worked with it before, and we relied on a lot of resources to help. In the end, we overcame this challenge and got the app to work!