Technology continues to improve the day-to-day lives of users by creating apps that assist with many daily tasks. While a portion of the world’s population faces accessibility challenges, technology doesn’t stand on the sidelines. App developers are providing a number of mobile apps to improve the lives of people with disabilities; autistic, dyslexic, blind or visually impaired, deaf or have hearing impairments and many others. In this article, we’re going to examine innovative apps for people with disabilities.
A mobile app that connects people with visual impairments to a large community of sighted volunteers who can help them with their daily tasks. The app works through live video chat, allowing disabled persons to receive assistance from others in need of visual assistance. Be My Eyes provides instant assistance to its users when they are in need, such as navigating their surroundings, checking the expiration date of a product, or to ensure their clothes match. All they need to do is take a photo of the image and send it to any of their contacts to ask questions. They can also utilize live video by pointing the camera at whatever they want the other person to describe, asking questions via the phone’s audio. Be My Eyes has more than 60,000 blind and low-vision users and over 876,000 volunteers. It is available for iOS and Android free of charge.
Barton Tiles is an innovative app from Bright Solutions Dyslexia, Inc. – an expert in the field of dyslexia that aims to improve the education of dyslexic children. The app consists of ten levels, each with tutor training DVDs, complete lesson plans, and color-coded tiles. Barton Tiles works with two user groups: tutors and students. Each of the lessons is pre-loaded with letter tiles with which the student interacts. The student tracking functionality in this app helps the tutor to store contact information of students, notes, current level and lesson, photos in addition too communication and coordination tools. Barton Tiles is a free app available for both Android and iOS devices.
RogerVoice is a helpful app for deaf people or those with hearing impairment that provides the real-time transcription of phone calls through captioning phone conversations. RogerVoice captions calls by using voice recognition technology to convert voice to text in real-time. While a person is on a call, the app displays the subtitles which are a transcript of the incoming voice call on the user’s phone screen. The app also allows the users to write responses through text and read it aloud to the person on the other end of the line. RogerVoice is available on both the App Store and Google Play.
Avaz is an award-winning AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) app developed for children with speech disabilities, autism, and the other related conditions. Avaz is a child-oriented app that uses picture symbols and voice synthesis to create messages for a variety of situations, allowing educators and speech therapists to tailor their lessons in the most effective way. The app was developed in collaboration with 25 schools and 500 children. The app is available to download for free on iOS devices.
Look At Me is an interactive camera app developed by Samsung for children for autistic children. The app uses gamified interactions to help an autistic child learn to read moods, remember faces, and express themselves with facial expressions and poses. A pack of fun and interactive games keep children engaged, while a point system, various rewards, and audio-visual effects keep them motivated to preform better in social communication. Each mission takes the form of short games that take about 15 -20 minutes to complete, teaching an autistic child to look at faces, read different facial expressions, and understand the emotional responses. Look at Me is available for free on the Google Play store.
These are only a few of the contributions innovative app creators are making to enhance the lives of disabled people, and there are many more yet to be released. If you have an idea that could help improve the lives of people, you should work with a proven mobile app developer that can help you achieve your goals. Get in touch with one of our account executives today to find out how we can help create your app and start helping people in need.