Moving Beyond Limitations: Evaluating the Quality of Android Apps in Spanish for People with Disability

  • Andrés LarcoEmail author
  • Cesar Yanez
  • Carlos Montenegro
  • Sergio Luján-Mora
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 721)


Autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, constitute the most common disabilities from a medical point of view. In others individual fields, the Assistive Technology use constitute a current option to improve the Quality of Life. In this case, the free available specialized software covers several competences of life, like language and communication, autonomy, sensorimotor, social skills, mathematics, knowledge of the natural and social environment, and digital competences. The objective of this research was to evaluate the quality of Android apps using Mobile Application Rating Scale. A systematic search using Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses was conducted using Google Play store as a base in August 2017. Evaluated apps were classified according to their respective competence of life. The results showed that the evaluated apps needed improvements in customization and interactivity. Also, an apps list based on Mobile Application Rating Scale scores, useful for therapist, parents, and people with disability has been established.


Disability Android apps Apps assessment Autism Down syndrome Cerebral palsy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrés Larco
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cesar Yanez
    • 1
  • Carlos Montenegro
    • 1
  • Sergio Luján-Mora
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Informática y Ciencias de la ComputaciónEscuela Politécnica NacionalQuitoEcuador
  2. 2.Departamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas InformáticosUniversidad de AlicanteAlicanteSpain

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