Helps People With Disabilities

$9,729 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 187 people in 39 months


... It all started when I saw a man in a wheelchair attempt to open a very heavy door at a store. The door didn't have an automatic push button to open the door, and the man struggled to get through the door... 


Hi! My name is Alexander and I'm 13 years old. I love helping people and I'm excited to tell you about the app that my team and I are developing, called Ability App, that will help people with disabilities navigate public spaces, and find safe, reliable services and employment.

I would like to thank all of you who have donated to help me start developing Ability App.  The app is almost 90% complete.  I'm looking for additional financial support to finish the development of the Ability App website, Android and iOS apps, and to help cover the $5-10k per month in hosting fees on Amazon Web Services, along with engineering and maintenance fees for updates to Ability App on all three platforms.

As you can imagine, and as I have come to find out, developing an app of this caliber can be very expensive. Several incredible people have volunteered to help along the way, but I still require funding for development/hosting/engineering/maintenance costs that are not covered by volunteer support. 

Your support will enable me to continue to develop and operate Ability App after its initial launch.  

Check out my latest update!
In addition to looking for additional financial support to continue to develop and maintain Ability App,  I'm also looking for volunteers to help provide information on accessibility features in their hometowns.  These volunteers are called Ability Ambassadors.

Becoming an Ability Ambassador is fun and easy. 

It is a great way to give back to your neighbors within your community.  As an Ability Ambassador, you simply let others know about accessibility friendly features that you find throughout your day at various public spaces.  Any feedback is appreciated, and will provide others with incredibly valuable information that will lead to a much higher quality of life for so many!  Together we can make this world a better place for everyone!  Please join us today!

To Become An Ability Ambassador, Click Here.

Alex Knoll

Thank you to NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Joe Fryer and Savannah Guthrie for the great story and for helping raising awareness about accessibility issues: 
More about the Ability App:

The goal of Ability App is to improve the lives of all people with disabilities by giving them the resources to make informed decisions.  Ability App will help people with disabilities and their caregivers navigate public spaces and find services and employment opportunities. Disability-friendly features at specific locations will be listed like wheelchair ramps, Braille signs and menus, service animal relief locations, wheelchair friendly restaurant seating and more.  Plus, services like in-home care, grocery delivery, transportation, and occupational therapy.  Employment opportunities, specifically for people with disabilities, will also be listed on Ability App .

A lot of people ask me how I thought of this app idea.  It all started when  I saw a man in a wheelchair attempt to open a very heavy door at a store. The door didn't have an automatic push button to open the door. As the man struggled to get through the door,  I wondered if there was an app that could have told him, before he left his house, about the features available at this and other stores around the area.  After doing some research, I wasn't able to find any such app. So, I decided that I would create the app to assist disabled people in finding the features at various locations that could meet their needs.

I have been fortunate enough to be recognized by many great individuals and organizations, and receive many State and National awards for my app idea, including becoming the National Grand Champion for I Cubed, a National student invention competition.


I also received 1st Place for the AT&T/Imagination Foundation Inventor's Challenge.


I Was The Idaho State Merit Winner for the Discovery Channel/3M Young Scientist Challenge.


Here is an interview from my appearance on the T.D. Jakes Show where I explain Ability App:


I was invited to present my idea at Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland last year to over 40,000 people in attendance, including many top minds in business and technology.


As the youngest entrepreneur at Web Summit, I was interviewed by and featured in many broadcast news programs and print publications including Sky News, The Irish Times, and the Irish Tech News.



Ability App has been featured in many other National and International publications including the Miami Herald, The Washington Times and Platinum Business Magazine.

Recently, I was invited to present Ability App on the T.D. Jakes show.


I will continue to work hard and spread the word about developing this app so that it can help people with disabilities.  With your support, we can help so many people find employment, services, and facilities that give abilities! 

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Hello Everyone! I'm excited to share with you a sneak peek video of Ability App. I also wanted to give everyone a quick update on where we are today. My team and I are making really great progress! We are reaching new milestones nearly every day. We are entering into the beta testing phase with a small select group of Ability Ambassador volunteers. We will take the feedback that we get from our testers and use it to make the app better. After the testing phase, we will ask our volunteer Ability Ambassadors to start helping us populate data in the app. Once we are confident that the app is ready to send out to the world, we will publish the app in the app store and let everyone know that it is ready to download for use. We anticipate our servers are going to get absolutely swamped with traffic in the first few months. Servers are expensive. So, if you could, share this link far and wide. Ask people to donate even just a couple of dollars to help us keep the servers running in these lean, critical, initial few months. Thanks for liking and most importantly sharing this post. We are closer than ever to making this world more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities! Please consider donating to Ability App.

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Title: 50 New Cities
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Hello everyone! I have some very EXCITING NEWS to share!

We are getting ready to start our very first round of testing for Ability App! If you would be interested in helping test our first version of Ability App, and could help provide us with feedback to help improve the app, we would like to invite you to join our Ability Ambassadors Facebook group by clicking on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AbilityApp/
then click "Join."

**We are especially looking for people in the Los Angeles, CA and Spokane, WA area who would be willing to test with our developers, but everyone is welcome from around the world and we would love to have your feedback!**

Please click the "share" button on this post to help us spread the word about this life changing resource for people with disabilities, their families and caregivers!

For those of you who are new to Ability App...Ability App will help people with disabilities and their caregivers navigate public spaces. We are currently looking for volunteers we call "Ability Ambassadors." Ability Ambassadors simply note where the disability friendly features are where they live, work, play and visit. It's fun, free and easy! There's no obligation! Just help, if you can.

We hope that you will join us in making this world more accessible for everyone. You can sign up to be an Ability Ambassador by clicking the following link
http://www.abilityapp.org/ability-ambassador.html

Thank you for your support!

-Alex Knoll
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Thank you to everyone at GoFundMe for the generous donation of $1,000 for the development of Ability App! Your donation is greatly appreciated. Also, thank you to all of the kind people who have donated to this campaign.
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Thank you TIME for Kids for featuring me on the cover of your magazine. Thank you for helping share the importance of accessibility for everyone and allowing me to share my journey with the development of Ability App. #Ability #HelpingOthers

https://www.timeforkids.com/g56/helping-others/
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Misty White
18 months ago
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Wow kid! The fact that I can scroll through the newest donations and see so many little ones coming from people on limited disability incomes -- that right there really goes to show you what a wonderful thing your doing. ❤️

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Traci Lopez
17 months ago
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God Bless you for the gift you are giving to the Disability ( Special Abilities ) Community. I hope that Ellen and her staff can assist you with some Grant writing and becoming a 501C. From the bottom of my heart I Thank You for making others lives, such as myself, and several of my family members, so much better. I will never forget the call from my brother years ago, ( he was a quad ), I could hear the happiness through the phone. He had taken a shower for the 1st time in 8 years. The hotel they stayed in had a Roll in shower, and even provided a chair he could use in it. I had over looked the fact that he had not had this simple pleasure, we take for granted since his accident. Your app. Will bring so much comfort and happiness to others. You continue to strive to change the world for the better. You truly are a Angel here on Earth.

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Dorinda Uhl
18 months ago
2
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Look out Kiddo, your work is going to make so many people love you. Good luck.

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Sheri Horwitz Cohen
17 months ago
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Alexander I saw the video of you on "Ellen" and had to reach out to you. You have the heart of a lion and I've been in tears watching. Not only am I personally involved with people who have disabilities, but due to illness and then a fall I use a rollator and a walker for stability when walking. I have a wheelchair from when I helped a woman with MS many years ago and have used that to attend events in large venues. You are brilliant, kind, and so mature to think of how to help so many people. Until somebody has a disability or has someone close to them who does there isn't necessarily thought or projection about accessibility into public places. I also have to find out about people's homes such as steps, railings, etc. You've touched my heart today! Sheri Cohen..........Maryland

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Krystal Scott Kohler
18 months ago
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Thank you for looking out for individuals with disabilities. You are talented and sweet young man. I'm sure your family is very proud of you and your compassion for others. Wishing you much success!

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Melissa
2 months ago

Can you help my donations

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Gëna Lyn Froggatt
14 months ago

I wish this would work for the UK too. I expect that will be out of the question? I'm amazed at your own abilities, Alexander, you're a smart kid

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Michelle McCole
16 months ago

I'd love for this app to be available in the uk. For anyone wondering why this page is still up after the donation Ellen made, projects like this need lots more investment to develop, expand and keep the service free for those who need it.

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Sheena Sanders
17 months ago

Alex, I saw you on Ellen and had to find a way to reach you! My Dad has been in a wheelchair for 16 years due to MS. I cannot tell you how many countless hours our family has spent trying to find out if a restaurant or if the places we want to visit on a vacation are handicap accessible. We always want my Dad to be able to experience as much as he can but we are sometimes limited just due to the fact that we are not sure if they are truly handicap accessible. Your app is such a wonderful thing and will help so many people! Thank you for all of your hard work and I cannot wait to see what your future holds, your young mind is such an inspiration. You will do amazing things!!

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Cheryl Allen Cashman
17 months ago

Alex I just saw your story on NBC news and I'm so excited for your idea. I'm sure you have a long list already, but one thing you might add to the app is AED, so people who have heart issues know what establishments and hotels have an AED at their location and trained staff who know how to use them. Keep up the great work!!!!!

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Becky J Koniow-Marvel
17 months ago

You are awesome

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Judith Merge
18 months ago

So Clever boy, i love the idea. I Wishing you much success!

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Kathryn Good Hanson
3 months ago

As a woman who taught disabled students for 17 years back in the 1980s and 1990s, I can relate to the plight of people who remain reduced to second class citizens. At this point in time, I have joined their ranks and rely on a roll actor for mobility as walking sticks no longer work. Your programming is vital to so many excluded people in the states and beyond! Given time I am confident your inspiring work will aid children and adults who need it.

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Lauren Caruso
4 months ago

Way to go Alex!

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4 months ago
Misty White
18 months ago
5
5

Wow kid! The fact that I can scroll through the newest donations and see so many little ones coming from people on limited disability incomes -- that right there really goes to show you what a wonderful thing your doing. ❤️

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Traci Lopez
17 months ago
2
2

God Bless you for the gift you are giving to the Disability ( Special Abilities ) Community. I hope that Ellen and her staff can assist you with some Grant writing and becoming a 501C. From the bottom of my heart I Thank You for making others lives, such as myself, and several of my family members, so much better. I will never forget the call from my brother years ago, ( he was a quad ), I could hear the happiness through the phone. He had taken a shower for the 1st time in 8 years. The hotel they stayed in had a Roll in shower, and even provided a chair he could use in it. I had over looked the fact that he had not had this simple pleasure, we take for granted since his accident. Your app. Will bring so much comfort and happiness to others. You continue to strive to change the world for the better. You truly are a Angel here on Earth.

+ Read More
Dorinda Uhl
18 months ago
2
2

Look out Kiddo, your work is going to make so many people love you. Good luck.

+ Read More
Sheri Horwitz Cohen
17 months ago
1
1

Alexander I saw the video of you on "Ellen" and had to reach out to you. You have the heart of a lion and I've been in tears watching. Not only am I personally involved with people who have disabilities, but due to illness and then a fall I use a rollator and a walker for stability when walking. I have a wheelchair from when I helped a woman with MS many years ago and have used that to attend events in large venues. You are brilliant, kind, and so mature to think of how to help so many people. Until somebody has a disability or has someone close to them who does there isn't necessarily thought or projection about accessibility into public places. I also have to find out about people's homes such as steps, railings, etc. You've touched my heart today! Sheri Cohen..........Maryland

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Krystal Scott Kohler
18 months ago
1
1

Thank you for looking out for individuals with disabilities. You are talented and sweet young man. I'm sure your family is very proud of you and your compassion for others. Wishing you much success!

+ Read More
Melissa
2 months ago

Can you help my donations

+ Read More
Gëna Lyn Froggatt
14 months ago

I wish this would work for the UK too. I expect that will be out of the question? I'm amazed at your own abilities, Alexander, you're a smart kid

+ Read More
Michelle McCole
16 months ago

I'd love for this app to be available in the uk. For anyone wondering why this page is still up after the donation Ellen made, projects like this need lots more investment to develop, expand and keep the service free for those who need it.

+ Read More
Sheena Sanders
17 months ago

Alex, I saw you on Ellen and had to find a way to reach you! My Dad has been in a wheelchair for 16 years due to MS. I cannot tell you how many countless hours our family has spent trying to find out if a restaurant or if the places we want to visit on a vacation are handicap accessible. We always want my Dad to be able to experience as much as he can but we are sometimes limited just due to the fact that we are not sure if they are truly handicap accessible. Your app is such a wonderful thing and will help so many people! Thank you for all of your hard work and I cannot wait to see what your future holds, your young mind is such an inspiration. You will do amazing things!!

+ Read More
Cheryl Allen Cashman
17 months ago

Alex I just saw your story on NBC news and I'm so excited for your idea. I'm sure you have a long list already, but one thing you might add to the app is AED, so people who have heart issues know what establishments and hotels have an AED at their location and trained staff who know how to use them. Keep up the great work!!!!!

+ Read More
Becky J Koniow-Marvel
17 months ago

You are awesome

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Judith Merge
18 months ago

So Clever boy, i love the idea. I Wishing you much success!

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