To support disabled people, there are plenty of apps that can make everyday life a bit easier. Whether it’s wheelchair exercise apps or assistive listening tech, these tools have lots of useful features.
1 . Be My Eyes App
Be My Eyes is an application that connects volunteers with blind and partially sighted individuals. Using video and audio calls, volunteers can help blind people with a range of daily tasks. Example tasks include reading instructions, tech issues and matching clothes. Be My Eyes volunteers can offer assistance with any simple task that can be completed over a video call. When a task is too complicated, the Be Me Eyes team will transfer the app user to a specialized help department. Other tasks that volunteers can help with include:
- Setting up home appliances.
- Support in the kitchen.
- Navigating the TV.
- Operating a vending machine.
- Wheel Fit
Wheel Fit is an app that supports wheelchair users with their workout routines. These workouts are suitable for all, no matter what your level of fitness. Here, wheelchair uses can find structured fitness plans, to help them get fit at home. The app also provides features such as a calorie logger, a calorie calculator, and nutrition plans. Further features of the Wheel Fit app include:
- Progress tracking features.
- Clear animations for each exercise.
- Nutritional tips.
- Video guides.
- A range of diet plans (from vegan to paleo and keto).
- Advice to build muscle or burn fat.
To improve workout quality, wheelchair users might consider purchasing some wheelchair exercise equipment. There’s plenty of useful equipment available for wheelchair users, plus fun wheelchair accessories.
Voiceitt is an application for individuals with speech impairments, or disabilities.
The app was designed for people with conditions including cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and more. With the help of Voiceitt, app users can ensure that everyone can understand their speech. Voiceitt uses a ‘first-of-its-kind speech recognition technology.’ The tech works to learn the user’s speech patterns, and offer personalized speech support. App users can link Voiceitt to smart devices, or smart home assistants. Voiceitt creators have ensured that the app is both inclusive and accessible for all.
For further speech support apps, take a look at Speech Assistant AAC or iConverse. There are several options available to support people with speech impairments.
Ava is an app for deaf or hard of hearing individuals. It offers voice captioning in real-time. The app is helpful for talking in public, at work, or on the phone. Ava is also useful to transcribe live events. Users can download the app on their iPhone, and use it whenever they require transcription support. The app supports group conversations, (so long as everyone downloads the app). Ava is suitable for live transcribing, live captions, voice to text, or text to speech.
Ava is just one of the useful applications for deaf people. For other apps, check out tools such as Roger Voice, Braci Sound, or Signly.
The WheelMate app provides an overview of wheelchair-friendly parking spaces and toilets, in the nearby area. The app is backed by wheelchair users, who select and verify each different location. WheelMate is easy to use and it’s totally free. The app offers info on over 35,000 places, in 45 countries. The main benefits and features include:
- Free app, and no need to register.
- Overview of closest wheelchair-friendly places.
- Access directions from wherever you are.
- Help app users when you add new locations.
- Rate the different locations on the app.
The WheelMate app is particularly useful for road trips or exploring an unfamiliar area. With this tool app, users can easily find the best wheelchair-friendly places. Wheelmap is another app for wheelchair users, which offers similar features.
- Miracle Modus
According to Medical News Today, ‘Sensory overload is the overstimulation of one or more of the body’s five senses, which are touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste.’ The experience can affect any individual, yet it is commonly experienced by people with autism.
The Miracle Modus app was designed by an autistic person, the app helps autistic people to cope with sensory overload. The app presents visuals of ‘mathematically-patterned rainbow lights,’ accompanied by soft bell sounds. There are several different modes to choose from, and all are interactive. To change the settings, simply tap a corner, and this takes you to the settings page. Here you can change the sounds and visuals.
Other apps to support the autistic community include Proloquo2Go and
uSound is a ‘personal amplification smart audio system’. The app was designed for people with hearing difficulties. The app can support users to listen to a school lesson, or join in a meeting at work. It can also offer support if listening to music, or a movie. Using the app, individuals can adjust the sounds to whichever hearing level they require. App users can first take a hearing test, using the data to access a personalized experience. The app is suitable for people with both mild and moderate hearing loss.
- Marlee Signs
The Marlee Signs app teaches the basics of sign language. The app covers the signed alphabet, common expressions, and basic vocab. Here there are plenty of great videos, to help people learn at their own pace. Star of the app is famous deaf actress Marlee Matlin. The app is easy to use and helps users to monitor their progress. There’s a ‘slow motion’ feature, helping people to focus on the detail of each video. There are also features that offer spelling support. The app is helpful for deaf and hard of hearing people, and the family members who support them. Learning sign language can be a little daunting at first, yet this app makes it a fun and simple process.
With so many tech tools at our fingertips, there are many ways to support individuals with disabilities. As technology continues to advance, we hope to see plenty more disability friendly apps in the future.