GARI is a comprehensive online database that allows users to search for accessible mobile phones and tablets that best suit a person’s particular needs. GARI also enables searches for accessibility related apps that add further functionality to the device – or shows which new devices will work with the most important apps. GARI promotes informed decision making for all consumers, particularly for those persons with disabilities as well as seniors, caretakers and family members.
GARI – is a project designed to help people learn about the accessible features available on different devices and to find the device that best suits them.
The site is available at www.gari.info
It allows you to search for phones, tablets and accessible and assistive apps.
It also helps to explain what features might be of interest or use to those with hearing, vision, speech, dexterity or cognitive impairment.
To begin, a user selects the device they are interested in searching for and chooses one of the three search methods.
They can search for the best device by category, by a specific model or making a custom search of features.
You can search by category, for example, by selecting Vision. And the region you live in. Then hit the button marked ‘Lets see some devices’ to see the results.
The results page will show the devices that best meet the search criteria, and allows you to browse through the available models.
You can select a model that you would like to see more details on, at which point you see the full list of accessible features supported on that model.
You see the basic details of the device including the link to the manufacturers website for that model.
You can also see which accessibility apps are compatible with the model.
The actual features available are divided into a number of sections for ease of reading.
If you are interested in the Vision related features, select that tab.
Scroll through to see which features are supported.
For example you may be interested to know that the model supports ‘Voice Recognition for Dialling or Accessing Features’.
There is also a description of the feature if you are not sure what the feature is or what it does.
Back on the results page - you can also select up to three devices to compare. Then click on the button marked “Compare Phones”. At one glance, you see what the devices have in common and where they differ.
GARI also allows you to search for accessible and assistive apps.
You get a list of relevant applications. Click on the name to access more detailed information. You see who the app was developed by and where you can download it from. You can access a list of compatible devices. You find a description and some screenshots of the app.
On the GARI page, you also find a resource page that provides advice on how to use accessibility features.
Many organisations around the world are already using GARI to provide their members and visitors better information.
We hope, GARI can help you in your search for a mobile accessibility solution!