Helpful Technologies

Smartphone Apps

LookTel Money Reader
This app recognizes U.S. currency and speaks the denomination out loud, enabling people who are blind or visually impaired to identify and count bills.

WalkyTalky and Intersection Explorer
Both these Google driven apps help people with visual impairments navigate unfamiliar streets and communities. Both apps sync with Google Maps to deliver directions in spoken instructions based on the user’s location.

Color ID and Color Identifier
Using the smartphone’s camera to identify colors, both these applications enable people with visual impairments to coordinate their wardrobes and interpret the limited light and images they may be able to see.

Explore-by-Touch Mode
By dragging a finger across the phone when in this mode,  users can hear audible commands of content. This “virtual cursor” allow individuals with a visual impairment to hear descriptions of content without seeing the screen. This feature also eliminates the need for physical buttons, which can present problems for individuals with limited dexterity.

BIG Launcher
This app provides an oversized, simplistic presentation style, by increasing the size of text and placing applications on the Home Screen in colorful square boxes. It also has a large “S.O.S.” button which allows the user to call a pre-determined phone number or send an emergency text message with G.P.S. coordinates. All functions can be customized for ideal visibility and use.

Voice Dream Reader
This text to speech app is very comprehensive.  It can either read aloud messages for those with visual impairment, or interpret spoken words into text for those with hearing impairments.

Learn Braille Alphabet
Good for those beginning to learn the Braille alphabet, this app uses games and basic interface to explain the different Braille symbols.

For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

SoundAMP turns your phone into a listening device. By plugging in headphones and launching the application, individuals who are hard of hearing can experience increased sound. Users benefit from “boost” mode, which amplifies higher frequency sounds, and a “zoom” mode, which reduces background sound levels.

IP-Relay works like a TTY or TDD system to connect you to an operator who reads your messages to the recipient and transcribes their messages back to the user.

Physical Disabilities

Parking Mobility
When users enter the map function they can view accessible parking spots, share accessible spots not listed on the map, and suggest locations that would benefit from accessible parking.  Users can even report abusers of accessible parking to the authorities and then send ticket revenues to charities across the country.

Dynamic Controls
Turns an iPhone into a remote control for  wheelchairs.  It connects to the chair over Bluetooth to allow the rider to control several aspects of the chair through an intuitive interface.

Communication and Autism

By offering text-to-speech voices and up to 8,000 up-to-date symbols for people with limited dexterity, Prologquo2go is a communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking.

This app is geared for young children and other individuals with communicative disabilities to  communicate basic needs. Users can click on icons representing six basic everyday needs (bathroom, drink, food, sick, break and help) to help others understand their needs.

By typing a phrase into the “dictate” box, users can hear words spoken aloud through the smartphone speaker. This communication tool enables individuals with limited speech or non-verbal individuals to effectively communicate with their peers.

Tap to Talk
This app turns the device into an AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) device, allowing the user to click on words or symbols to verbally communicate with others. It’s especially helpful for people with autism or cerebral palsy, as well as any speech-preventing condition

TouchChat HD
This app uses pictograms to help individuals construct sentences. TouchChat has seven English-speaking voices, and sentences can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, text message and email.

Created to help promote greater awareness about autism spectrum disorders, this app It is designed to encourage people with autism to recognizes and express their emotions through its fun and easy to use interface.

Kid In Story
Places the child as the main character in one of several stories, helping him or her to understand appropriate social behaviors. Using the devices camera, the child can be superimposed into the tale, and then uses one’s own voice to narrate the story.

Autism Tracker Pro
Uses a visual calendar to track and chart patterns over time, from mood to behavior to health to food.


My Emergency Info
Just as its names suggests, this app holds all the necessary info to get in touch with an individual’s emergency contact or their doctor.  It also holds vital medical information such as allergies and medications.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Reference
This app helps users navigate the cumbersome  and detailed info of the ADA in order to know their rights and make sure they are being treated fairly.

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