Phone apps have given us many different tools to manage our lives, have fun, and even save money. There are several apps now available that can significantly improve the lives of people with disabilities. The following apps have been ranked as some of the best for providing help to those who are disabled.
For people who have developmental disabilities, visual aids are an amazingly helpful tool. They work similar to the flash cards you used in grade school. Stepping Stones allows you to create visual aids for someone with a disability that they can use to follow the steps and achieve their goal. You can make aids for everything from learning how to load a dishwasher to reminding you to have a healthy snack in the afternoon.
Look at Me
Designed to help children with autism, this app allows the child to interact with a game that teaches children how to interpret facial signs. Children learn how to recognize different moods, remember faces, and use their face for expressions. Users of the app have been shown to improve their eye contact and ability to read faces by 60 percent.
Avaz is a great app to help children with communication disabilities. Avaz uses pictures and symbols, along with a synthesized voice to help non-verbal children communicate and possibly learn vocal skills.
is a unique app that can help someone who has difficulty speaking communicate with others. People with ALS, Cerebral Palsy, and similar disorders can speak. Words that may have otherwise been unintelligible are interpreted by the app. What is impressive is that the app can work in any language.
Be My Eyes
Be my eyes connects people with vision disabilities with sighted people who can help with simple tasks. Something as simple as reading an expiration date on a food product may be impossible for sight-impaired people, yet very necessary. Through the app, the user can contact a volunteer who will assist them with the task. Over 90,000 volunteers are registered with the app.
is a helpful app for those suffering from hearing impairments. The app will convert voice to text for any phone call. This is a new program and has been incredibly successful.
is an app that helps amplify sounds. This is a great tool for those who do not use a hearing aid but have difficulty hearing some sounds. Connect a set of earbuds to your phone and run the app. The app is great in crowded or noisy places.
These apps are only a few of several wonderful apps for people with disabilities. Most are free, but their value is priceless. As new apps are developed and made available, it's always a great idea to search for new technology to assist you or someone you love.