Best Apps for People with Disabilities

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.  

 

Stepping Stones  

 

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  
 

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.  

 

Talkitt  

 

Talkitt 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.  

 

RogerVoice  

 

RogerVoice 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.  

 

HearYouNow  

 

HearYouNow 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.


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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).