Apps for All: Woman-Owned AdaptivApps Launches to Make the Digital World More Inclusive

Launching with its first major client, the public benefit corporation—which was founded by the CEO of Dallas' C-Hear—will develop applications that assist people with visual, hearing, or physical impairments.

AdaptivApps, a new female-owned public benefit corporation aiming to develop apps that remove barriers for those who deal with visual, hearing, or physical impairments, is launching with its first major client.

AdaptivApps will develop an app for athletes, spectators, and families at the Angel City Games, one of America’s top Paralympic events. Set for June 18-21 in Los Angeles, the Games brings together 300 athletes for clinics and competitions in a variety of events, from track and archery to swimming and esports. AdaptivApps will provide an app to help those involved in the Angel City Games more easily navigate the complexities of transportation and participation.

AdaptivApps was founded this year by C-Hear founder and CEO Adena Harmon. Plano-based C-Hear is a digital accessibility company that embeds audio, text, and meta data into an image file. Founded in 2015, it was featured at last year’s SXSW and Dallas Startup Week, both for its impact on visually impaired people online and for the potential of the technology to make documents, images, and video more secure.

The primary goal of AdaptivApps is to design and develop apps to assist people with visual, hearing, or physical impairment and make the digital world more inclusive.

“Simply put, we’re changing—drastically improving—how people with different abilities use Apps,” Harmon said in a statement.

AdaptivApps will use C-Hear’s patented core technology, which delivers image and sound embedded in a small digital footprint to help the visually impaired “hear” images on the internet.

The new startup will be led by CEO Linda Robison, COO Tasha Johnston, and CFO Nikhil Jeevaraj.

Robison has 37 years’ experience in the financial industry, most recently as a Wells Fargo branch manager in Rowlett. Johnston is a human resources executive and long-time disability advocate, and Jeevaraj comes to AdaptivApps from Dallas’ Centric Wealth.

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