"North District’s Guide" mobile app earned an award with its inclusiveness
Although smartphones have become popular these days, not every mobile application (app) can cater for the needs of all users. Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the Association’s Ellen Li District Elderly Community Centre launches the “North District’s Guide” app through the Jockey Club Generation Connect Project to promote inter-generational harmony and disability inclusion. Everyone, including the disabled and elderly, can use the app without barriers by adjusting font size and colour contrast, and employing additional functions like voice navigation. Recently, the app was given the Gold Award in "Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme".
"Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme" is jointly organised by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer and the Equal Opportunities Commission. The award-winning web pages or mobile apps must meet several criteria, including accessibility, practicality, compatibility with auxiliary softwares, and whether the text, images and colour contrast are user-friendly for all, including the disabled and elderly. With the large amount of hard work and repeated modification since 2019, the “North District’s Guide” is completed finally and receives the Gold Award, the highest level of recognition in the scheme.
“North District’s Guide” is a free mobile platform that provides information about the area. Suggested tours, attractions and the respective traffic information are shown in different formats, e.g. maps, audios, text, and photos, to help users explore the history and culture of North District. Hidden gems in the neighbourhood shared by residents born and bred in the area definitely enriches the journey. The app also provides voice navigation which makes it more convenient for the visually impaired.
"North District’s Guide" is now available for both Android and iOS.
Free download: Android / iOS