This Incredible Kid Inventor Gets A Special Surprise To Support His Life-Changing App

A dream come true.

We all have the power to create positive change, and 12-year-old inventor Alexander Knoll's proving just that.

During a recent appearance on The Ellen Show, Knoll discusses his Ability App, an application that "helps people with disabilities find disability friendly employment, service providers and features at specific locations," according to its website.

For example, the app can help users search hotels and restaurants (among other businesses and locations) to find all of its specific features, including braille menus, elevators, disabled parking, and beyond. It can also search for certain services, such as transportation, physical therapy, accessible housing, and beyond. 

"When disabled people leave the comfort and safety and security of their own home, they don't know what obstacles they're gonna face," Knoll tells DeGeneres. While some businesses may be rated accessible, it doesn't necessarily mean all needs will be met. 

When asked how he came up with the idea for this app, Knoll explains that it all started when he saw a man in a wheelchair struggling to open a manual door.

"So I wondered if there was an app that could've told him what other stores around the area had automatic doors," Knoll says. 

After doing some research, Knoll couldn't find anything like the service app he believed would benefit those with disabilities. So, he created it. 

Of course, Knoll needs to further develop and fund the app — but DeGeneres clearly believes in his project, so she surprises him with a chance to work with her production team and the necessary funds: a check for $25,000, the exact amount Knoll's GoFundMe page has been trying to raise since 2015.

Upon hearing this news, Knoll is overwhelmed with emotion — and, let's be honest, so are we. 


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