AccesSOS

AccesSOS

AccesSOS, is a tech nonprofit on a mission to make emergency help accessible. For any emergency, 911 is the go to phone call for all of us, except for the 37 million Americans who can't communicate in English, hear , or speak out loud. AccesSOS's free mobile web app instantly

AccesSOS

AccesSOS, is a tech nonprofit on a mission to make emergency help accessible. For any emergency, 911 is the go to phone call for all of us, except for the 37 million Americans who can't communicate in English, hear , or speak out loud. AccesSOS's free mobile web app instantly translates text to a 911 phone call with the relevant information, in real time, at scale, in multiple languages (Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog, Arabic). This makes emergency help accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people, those with limited English proficiency, and domestic violence survivors.

About the Organization:

AccesSOS, is a tech nonprofit on a mission to make emergency help accessible. For any emergency, 911 is the go to phone call for all of us, except for the 37 million Americans who can't communicate in English, hear , or speak out loud. AccesSOS's free mobile web app instantly translates text to a 911 phone call with the relevant information, in real time, at scale, in multiple languages (Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog, Arabic). This makes emergency help accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people, those with limited English proficiency, and domestic violence survivors.

organizational budget

$50,000 - $100,000

existence for

0-5 Years

The Issue:

Our emergency help system is designed without marginalized communities in mind. While the 911 call system is tenable for people who speak out loud clearly, and understand fluent English, it overlooks whole communities: like people with hearing disabilities and those who speak limited English. If we add up these populations, it’s a staggering 65 million Americans who don’t have access to quick emergency help. The stakes are huge - this lack of access could lead to unnecessary loss of life. Text to 911 services are not available everywhere, and AccesSOS aims to bridge the gap by providing a web app designed for smartphones that translates text to speech. Our app is translated into multiple languages allowing those who communicate in other languages the ability to contact 911 for help.

The Solution:

We reach people faster by removing time barriers and reducing delay through a highly accessible, free, smartphone-based web app that will help these overlooked communities quickly and efficiently contact 911. Our app will be available in multiple languages and English, sending the dispatcher their emergency location, and the type of help they need in less than 30 seconds. Our app sends 911 the person’s precise emergency location. The app also has the user quickly input if they need an ambulance, fire, police, or one or two or all three of those options. The app also prompts the user to indicate specifically what type of emergency they have so dispatchers can tailor the first response help given. With our technology, less people will die, and more people will survive medical emergencies.

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