New ‘game-changing’ phone app enhances phone accessibility

Thursday, 30 June 2016 15:26pm

‘OpenAccess Captions’ is a brand new application for iPads and iPhones that was developed by Brisbane-based charity Conexu Foundation. It is an app that aims to connect callers via a live captioner so that phone conversations can be read in live-time.

Conexu Foundation logo

This app was launched this week to coincide with Deafblind Awareness Week (the last day is today). The app creators have hailed it as a ‘game-changer’ for those who are Deaf and blind or have hearing loss or vision impairment. 

It works by directly connecting callers via a live captioner so that phone conversations can be read as they happen. It integrates with the user’s contacts and can also be connected to a braille display for users who are deafblind.

At the moment, this app only works with Apple devices, and is currently in its trial phase. If you are who is deaf-blind or know someone who is, and want to trial the app all someone has to do is register to trial the OpenAccess Captions app here.


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