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Best apps for people with disabilities

November 19, 2014

A fantastic range of apps are now available on smartphone and tablet which improve accessibility for people with a disability

The majority of smartphones and tablets now come with a range of features to improve accessibility as standard. But there are also a growing range of apps developed for people with a disability. Apps can assist with communication, learning new skills, daily routines, and much more.

12 best apps for people with disabilities.

  1. Avaz: (iOSAndroid) Avaz is a full-featured app which has been developed for children who are non-verbal or who have difficulty speaking, such as those with autism. Avaz allows children to use picture symbols and voice synthesis to create messages and develop their language skills.
  2. Proloquo2Go: (iOS) Used by 125,000 individuals around the world, this award winning app allows users to construct and speak sentences using symbols. Proloquo2Go is one of the few apps that covers all users, from beginner to advanced communicators.
  3. Stories About Me: (iOS) This app allows children to create talking picture books by blending audio with images and text. Creating these stories allow users to record and play back experiences and events in a format which is easy to understand. These stories could be reliving a weekend activity, or reinforcing the routine of brushing your teeth before it’s time to go to bed.
  4. Stepping Stones – Daily Routines: (iOS) Is a simple and user friendly app which allows users to quickly create visual guides or ‘paths’ using your own photos. Users can learn essential life skills, outline daily routines and schedules, as well as describe the steps of an event or activity.
  5. i Get… Cooking: (iOS) Provides photobooks for individuals that need support to understand kitchen based tasks such as cooking and recipes.  Books offered include “Cooking Supplies”, “Cooking Actions” and “Kitchen Appliances”, as well as the ability to create your own recipes. Check out the other I Get It apps.
  6. Dragon Anywhere: (iOS) Is an easy to use voice recognition application which allows you to speak and instantly see your text or email. Using your voice, you can also update your Facebook status, send notes and reminders to yourself, or Tweet.
  7. HearYouNow: (iOS) Allows a user to plug their headphones into their smartphone and adjust the volume of sound around them, reduce background levels, and replay the last 30 seconds.
  8. Look at me: (Android) This app was developed by Samsung to help kids with autism improve their social skills.  Look At Me makes interactions into a game – helping kids to learn to read moods, remember faces, and express themselves with facial expressions and poses. One group of test users found that using the app for 15min a day over 8 weeks resulted in a 60% improvement in eye contact and identifying facial expressions.
  9. Be My Eyes: (iOS) Be My Eyes connects visually impaired people who need assistance with sighted volunteers who want to help out via a direct video connection. Currently available for iPhone and coming soon for Android, the app can be used in a variety of situations. For example a visually impaired person might need help checking the expiration date on a milk carton, or making their way around new surroundings.
  10. Voiceitt: This app translates unintelligible pronunciation into understandable speech, allowing people to communicate using their own voice. The technology is brilliant, by recognising each individual user’s vocal patterns, it “speaks” their words, allowing them to communicate clearly and easily. The program even works in every language. This app has yet to be released, but keep an eye on the Voiceitt website for updates.
  11. RIDBC Auslan Tutor: Key Signs: (iOSAndroid) The free version of this app allows you to learn 150 common Auslan signs using such as ‘please’, ‘thanks’, and ‘how are you?’, as well as the Auslan Alphabet. To learn each sign, you will follow a step by step process which includes pictures and videos. You can also buy the full version on iOS and Android which includes over 500 signs.
  12. RogerVoice Caption Calls: RogerVoice can help those with hearing impairments by captioning their phone conversations in real time. As a person is talking to you, text will appear on your screen so you can read along. For those who have difficulty speaking, this app also allows you to write your response as text, and the app will then read it out to your friend on the other end of the line. (iOSAndroid)

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