New Search Engine for Hoosiers with Disabilities
June 2, 2017 marked an exciting day for the Fifth Freedom Network of Fort Wayne, Ind. At a press conference on Friday morning, the team formally introduced IndianaPop, a comprehensive tool for internet users with disabilities.
“We are unveiling the largest and most comprehensive directory of disability services for the entire state of Indiana,” said Director of Communications, Douglas Schmidt.
He went on to say that someone has to tear down the barriers for people with disabilities, and that’s what IndianaPop is all about. We couldn’t agree more.
According to the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, nearly 19% of Indiana residents have a disability. Schmidt used this point to remind us that, “People with disabilities aren’t just a faceless cause or a special interest group. They are our friends, our family members, and our loved ones.”
In a survey of website users, 95 percent said using IndianaPop was easier than using popular search engines to find what they were looking for. In fact, 54 percent found services they were looking for in three minutes or less.
It has been a privilege to partner with the team at Fifth Freedom over the last several years in order to develop a resource for Hoosiers with disabilities. It is our hope to continue providing ease of use for users with disabilities and build upon the needs of those using assistive technologies.