Bell Mobility, Neil Squire Society to advance accessibility of smartphones and touchscreen devices

Bell Mobility is partnering with the Neil Squire Society so that more than 50 Bell employees will be volunteering alongside technical mentors from Makers Making Change to build more than 30 LipSync devices, the companies said.

The LipSync, a mouth-controlled joystick, furthers the accessibility of Bell Android smartphones and touchscreen devices for people with little or no arm movement.

Each of the LipSync devices constructed at the buildathon will be donated to people with disabilities in the Greater Toronto Area.

The Neil Squire Society is the only national not-for-profit organization in Canada that has for over 30 years empowered Canadians with disabilities through the use of computer-based assistive technologies, research and development, and various employment programs.

Makers Making Change is a new, non-profit initiative by the Neil Squire Society, funded by the Google Foundation, the Vancouver Foundation, and the Government of Canada.

Bell is Canada´s largest communications company, providing broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services from Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS.