45 Powerful Mobile Apps for those with Disabilities

October 22, 2015
mobile apps for disabled

With millions of people all around and a range of different disabilities and needs, it's important to know how we can utilise today's technology to better improve our health and well being, which in a nutshell is why we decided to create this post.

It's well known that there is no shortage of applications to benefit those with disabilities, but we decided to choose the 45 most tried, tested and successful mobile applications which users all around the world have benefited from.

In this list you'll find both Apple and Android apps for those who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or have hearing impairments, ​who use a wheelchair or mobility scooter, are dyslexic, who are autistic and for those who either suffer from or care for those with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Navigate the options menu below to find the mobile applications that are most suitable for you...


                 

                 

Mobile apps for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Be My Eyes

be my eyes mobile app

Be My Eyes is a mobile app that connects blind people, or those with visual impairments, to volunteer’s helpers all around the world via a live video chat.

The aim of the app is to help blind people with everyday tasks, from navigating in new surroundings to checking the expiry date on a pint of milk.

Hans Jorgen Wiberg, the founder of Be My Eyes, has stated that the app will make a big difference in the everyday lives of blind people all over the world.

You can download the app here:

Voice Dream Reader

voice dream reader mobile app

Voice Dream Reader is the app that allows you to read with your ears. The voice-based mobile app is an innovation for those with physical and learning challenges, as well as those without.

It has been hailed by many as the best mobile text-to-speech app, offering a high-quality listening experience which is the perfect solution for those with visual impairments.

This highly assistive app isn’t to be ignored.

You can download the app here:

   

Learn Braille Alphabet

learn braille alphabet app

Another brilliantly innovative app, Learn Braille Alphabet is an app widely used by the blind community and is hugely popular thanks to its “learn at your own pace” interface.

This application allows children and adults to learn how to speak, listen and even write Braille alphabets with ease, thanks to its highly user-friendly layout.

Gentle, informal and simply to use, it has everything an app needs!

You can download the app here:

   

Colour Identifier

colour-identifier-app

Colour Identifier is a handy little app which uses Augmented Reality (AR) technology to allow your smartphone camera to speak the names of colours in real time.

This app is highly suited for those who are blind or suffer with visual impairments, a very imaginative app which has been utilised by many.

You can download the app here:

   

Light Detector

light-detector-app

Light Detector is the app that transforms any form of light in to sound and has been proven a massive help for the blind.

Light Detector allows you to be more independent in activities and everyday life. For example, if your lamp is switched on and you’d like to get to it safely, simply use your iPhone camera to point out where the light source is, and a high or low pitched sound will be heard (the pitch depends on the intensity of the light source).

This app is a great way to discover the things that are around you quickly and easily.

You can download the app here:

   

Voice Brief

voice brief app

Voice Brief in our opinion is one of the must have apps for those who are blind or visually impaired.

It’s simple; Voice Brief is able to read aloud a range of notifications for from your phones applications, including your Calendar, Weather app, Google Reader, Email, Facebook and Twitter.

For only £2.29, this app makes life a lot easier, and is available for every version of iPhone.

You can download the app here:

List Recorder

list recorder app

Whether you’re making a shopping list, to-do list or adding to your never ending wish list, List Recorder allows you to do so using a powerful voice recorder, easy as!

Quickly jot down anything you need to and store the information in audio or text format. A hugely beneficial app for those with visual impairments which is certain to keep you organised.

You can download the app here:

VM Alert

vm alert app

Video Motion Alert is a highly advanced video processing app which detects motion seen by your iPhone camera.

Very easy to use, simply fire up the app, aim the camera at the space you’d like to be monitored, and the alarm will trigger once any motion is detected.

Similar to the Light Detector app, but a lot more advanced in terms of detecting any movements, which again, is highly useful for those who are blind or visually impaired.

You can download the app here:

Mobile apps for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired


uSound

usound app

uSound is an app created to optimise hearing for those with hearing loss or impairment, and boasts many similar features to a high-end hearing aid.

This app allows you to add personalised filters which offer different sound quality and volume in certain environments, and also allows you to add a personal medical audiometric for 100% precision in any sound adjustments.

This is a great app with proven results for those with hearing impairments.

You can download the app here:

   

Marlee Signs

marlee signs app

Marlee Signs is a simple solution to learning American Sign Language. Each lesson is broken down in to short videos, which allows each user to learn at their own pace.

This app is particularly helpful for those who are caring for those who are deaf, and also has a dedicated “Spell” section which allows you type any word you want, and it will show you how to say it using sign language.

The app was created by academy award winning deaf actress, Marlee Martin.

You can download the app here:

Spread the Sign

spread the signs app

Spread the Sign is known for being one of the largest sign language dictionaries on the app market, with over 300,000 signs available, with more new additions being added year on year.

Learn tons of useful sign language in 25 different languages, a worldwide app created to increase valuable communication with those who are deaf.

This app is available for both iPhone and Android devices.

You can download the app here:

   

Voice Dream Reader

voice dream reader mobile app

As already mentioned, Voice Dream Reader is the app that allows you to read with your ears.

The voice-based mobile app is an innovation for those with physical and learning challenges, and particularly useful for those who are deaf or have hearing impairments.

You can download the app here:

   

RogerVoice

rogervoice app

Although currently only available in Beta, RogerVoice is an app that enables the deaf to make phone calls with no fuss attached.

RogerVoice displays subtitles to each of your phone calls automatically, anytime and anywhere, which is the perfect solution for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Fill in the short survey on their website to receive a trial version here:

You can download the app here:

P3 Mobile

p3 mobile app

The P3 app is another must-have for your mobile, which enables you to make video-based calls over WiFi or via your phone’s data.

It’s easy to use with a sleek interface, created for the deaf and hard of hearing community, aiming to make communicating as simple as possible.

You can download the app here:

   

HearYouNow

hear you now app

The HearYouKnow app (by ExSilent) amplifies the sounds around you to help you understand conversations more clearly.

It uses state of the art ExSilent technology, who also manufactures hearing aids, and there aim is to ease people in to the process of using a hearing aid via this innovative smartphone app.

​You can adjust the sound levels to your personal need which will be dependent on your surroundings and situation.

You can download the app here:

Sign Smith ASL

sign smith asl app

Available in both LITE and Ultimate versions, Sign Smith ASL offers over 1,200 signs (via the Ultimate version) and 20 signs within the free version, both apps offer everything you need to start learning sign language and begin communicating with the deaf.

The apps characters guide you through several lessons which include teaching the ASL Alphabet, numbers and essentials for communicating at work or at school.

This is the perfect app for those who want to better their sign vocabulary.

You can download the app here:

   

Mobile apps for Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter users


Wheelmap

wheelmap app

Wheelmap offers a simple way to search for wheelchair-accessible places all around the globe. You’re also able to add marks for places that are accessible and less accessible for future reference.

With the destinations outlined on the global map, you’re able to leave comments and upload images to convey your experience and help others out when deciding whether it’s right for them.

This is the perfect app for those who are mobility-impaired to find restaurants, cafes, clubs and public transport which are mobility friendly.

You can download the app here:

   

It’s Accessible

it's accessible app

Join the conversation in the well proven It’s Accessible app, which is a way for those with mobility difficulties to share places which are convenient and mobility friendly to visit.

Whether it be parking spots in a town you’re not familiar with or a new restaurant in your local area, add your experiences and learn from other peoples to ensure your leisure time is safe and stress free.

You can download the app here:

   

Wheelmate

wheelmate app

Wheelmate is an app dedicated to locating wheelchair accessible toilet facilities and parking spaces. With over 30,000 locations across 45 different countries, you’re sure to find the information you need, wherever you’re adventure is taking you.

All locations are added and verified by fellow wheelchair users to ensure the information displayed is up to date and at its most useful for you.

You can download the app here:

   

Inclusive Britain

inclusive britain app

Inclusive Britain is an exclusive database of wheelchair accessibility information prioritising the results that you require with ease.

This app is particularly impressive for the amount of wheelchair accessible attractions it includes, along with hotels, restaurants, pubs and shops.

Each location includes visual routes making them easy to find, plus detailed access information to put your mind at ease.

You can download the app here:

Tecla Access

tecla access app

Tecla Access is an app providing all the tools needed to access and use your mobile or tablet, without having to pick up your device.

You simple connect your mobility scooter to the Tecla Shield (sold separately to the app) and then download the app, once you’ve done this you’re able to use your mobility controls to use the app, which allows you to access almost every function.

One big feature is the built in voice recognition, which allows you to control your device by simply using your voice, if it’s more suitable for the user to be completely hands free.

You can download the app here:

Mobile apps for people with Dyslexia


Dyslexia Toolbox

dyslexia-toolbox

Dyslexia Toolbox is an award winning application which boasts a range of dyslexia-friendly features including a camera overlay to help with both reading and writing, customisable colours and font tools (for your phone and web browser), a text input and output aid and a simple event organiser tool for a stress free life.

With tons more updates and features to come, Dyslexia Toolbox continue to develop the need to make using a smartphone as simple and enjoyable as possible.

You can download the app here:

Write in Style

write in style app

Write in Style offers a highly accurate prediction tool allowing you to create error-free emails, speeches, essays and letters.

Whilst you type away, the app will offer suggestions for the next couple of words to help you spell correctly, whilst typing quickly and fluently. This app has been highly rated on the app store, and continues to be updated with further expertise for your typing ease.

You can download the app here:

Ghotit Real Writer

ghotit real writer app

Ghotit Real Writer assists those people with dyslexia and dysgraphia with their English writing and text correction.

The app quickly recognises and corrects any words that are badly spelled, along with amending and grammar and punctuation automatically. This app is created with all the tools needed to offer advanced word prediction with the best grammar awareness capabilities.

You can download the app here:

   

Spy Sam Reading Series

spy sam reading series app

Learning to read is a challenge for any child, and can be particularly challenging for those with dyslexia, which is where the Spy Sam Reading Book app comes to the rescue.

Having already been described as a must-download and recommended by Dyslexia Help, the Spy Sam Series makes learning to read exciting, adventure packed and easy. These imaginative stories filled with robots and spies will have all children wanting to read and therefore learn.

You can download the app here:

ER Browser

er browser app

ER Browser is a web browser specifically designed to aid those with dyslexia, making the World Wide Web a stress-free place to explore with minimum fuss.

The theme engine is particularly useful, allowing you to manage how web pages are displayed to make reading and navigating a simple process. Choose from over 100 scientifically proven background colours for added usability, and make simple tasks like bookmarking pages even simpler.

You can download the app here:

Make Sentences

make sentences app

Make Sentences is a great little language app which makes creating sentences exciting, imaginative and simple.

This is a great way to develop sentence structuring in a range of different ways, including picking and placing words in to sentences where you see fit or via their useful training walkthroughs.

You can download the app here:

   

Learn to Read, Write and Spell

learn to read, write and spell app

The Learn to Read, Write and Spell app does exactly what it says on the tin. This app teaches advanced reading and spelling techniques for adults, teenagers and children who have learning difficulties, and is particularly useful for people who are dyslexic.

The app is extensively being used in classrooms, libraries and in vocational facilities, due to its age-friendly features and various ways of developing reading and spelling, whether it be through symbols or sound, it’s aim is to help people to learn in a way they feel most comfortable.

You can download the app here:

   

Dextr Alphabet Keyboard

dextr alphabetic keyboard app

A very simple yet effective app, Dextr Alphabet Keyboard takes your scrambled up keyboard and puts it in order from A-Z, to make texting, emailing and messaging easy for those who struggle with visual stresses.

Create words, phrases and sentences more efficiently with the advanced text prediction tool for added ease. Plus, the app is available in 11 languages with more to be added in the near future.

You can download the app here:

Mobile apps for people with Autism


Miracle Modus

miracle modus app

The Miracle Modus app is a way of decreasing the severity of sensory overload, by using hypnotic colours, shapes and soft sounds.

An app created by an autistic developer to help those who need it to feel soothed in stressful situations, or even just after a long hard day. This app is well worth getting, simply tap in any corner once the app is open to change the different lights displayed.

You can download the app here:

   

TapToTalk

taptotalk app

TapToTalk turns your smartphone or tablet into an augmentative and alternative communication device, in order to make communicating simple and fun.

Simply tap a picture and the app speaks it out, whilst leading on to another screen of images. The settings can be changed based on the needs of the user, with an extensive range for non-verbal children and adults.

You can download the app here:

   

Book Creator

book creator app

Book Creator is the perfect iPad app for children allowing them to create their own stories and export their finished product in to their very own iBook, such a cool idea!

Whether it is a fictional fairy tale, comic book, photo book or journal, Book Creator contains the flexibility to create anything of your own.

This app is the perfect way to encourage creativity for autistic children and is extremely easy to use for children of all ages.

You can download the app here:

   

Avaz

avaz aac app

Avaz is another well developed AAC app, created for children who have difficulty speaking or who are non-verbal, but with the vision of making every voice heard.

This award winning app was created with the assistance of 25 different schools and 500 children, to help children with autism to develop communication in the most effective way possible for each individual.

Tons of research and expertise has been put in to this app, you won’t be disappointed.

You can download the app here:

   

LOOK AT ME

look at me app

A challenge for a majority of individuals who have autism is connecting with people socially, which is where LOOK AT ME, the scientifically-endorsed app comes in handy.

The aim of this app is to help those with autism to make better eye contact with others and improve their facial recognition in social situations.

This app is fun and easy to use, and the further the individual progresses, the more rewards and points they receive.

You can download the app here:

Stepping Stones

stepping stones app

Stepping Stones is a simple, creative way of establishing your own daily routines through visual guides, using your own photos.

This app is brilliant for those with autism who benefit from visual learning, and is suitable for both adults and children with a range of developmental disabilities.

Increase independence and manage anxiety with this unique organisation tool.

You can download the app here:

iComm

icomm app

iComm is a custom built app which was created to make communication simple by using your own images and words – both written and spoken.

The app is used widely by children with a broad range of disabilities, particularly those with non-verbal autism who have real trouble communicating.

You can download the app here:

Mathboard

mathboard app

Mathboard is a great app for children with autism to begin to learn simple addition and subtraction problems through fun problem solving using multiple answer styles.

The app also features a powerful teaching feature that walks students through the steps required to solve additions, subtractions, division and equations.

This app is a useful tool for introducing simple mathematics to those with learning disabilities.

You can download the app here:

Mobile apps for people with and carers of Alzheimer's and Dementia


Alzheimer’s Cards

alzheimer's cards app

Alzheimer’s Cards is an app created to spark life, recognition and memory amongst those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Each of the images contained in the app have been carefully researched to avoid any confusion for those using the app, rather images that are simple that keep their memories active.

You can download the app here:

Medication Reminder

medication reminder app

Medication Reminder is a hugely helpful app which simply acts as both a reminder and an organiser for medication and pills.

With Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers often forgetting day to day tasks such as taking medication, it’s easy to see the value in this application for both patients and carers.

You can download the app here:

   

Allergy Journal

allergy journal app

Being aware of any person’s allergies is important for them to stay healthy and avoid any nasty reactions, which is where the Food Allergy Journal comes to the rescue.

This app is great for carers in particular as you’re able to record each of the foods and their symptoms, which has proven to work well in a commercial environment such as hospitals and care homes.

This app eliminates the need for using tons of paper and keeps this crucial information well organised.

You can download the app here:

   

iPill

ipill app

iPill is one of the most reliable apps on the market for those who often forget to take their medications.

This app is highly user-friendly and simple to use, simply enter the medicines name and time to be taken, and the app will send obvious notifications to your mobile/tablet so suffers won’t forget to take their medications.

You can even set the app up to include your doctor’s number and call them simply by tapping the screen. This feature is very handy in case of an emergency.

You can download the app here:

Fingerprint Magic

fingerprint magic app

It’s important for those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s to keep their mind active and creative on a daily basis, and Fingerpaint Magic offers exactly those traits.

You simply use your mobile or tablet to paint using your fingers using a range of relaxing colours, a rather enjoyable app for anybody.

You can download the app here:

Daily Companion

daily companion app

If you’re a caregiver, this app is one of the most helpful tools you can have, right at your fingertips.

Daily Companion offers endless resources, practical advice and immediate tips to help you gain confidence and learn the best ways to look after those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Use the search bar to find over 500 practical solutions for a range of common questions often asked by caregivers, a highly useful app to have.

You can download the app here:

Balance: for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

balance alzheimer's app

Balance is another great app, particularly useful for those caring for one or more patient, offering an outstanding amount of valuable features.

This app allows you to coordinate care among other caregivers (in real time) as well as tracking physical, emotional and behavioural changes from certain individuals. You can even share this information with other caregivers or doctors immediately.

This app also offers the latest Alzheimer’s research information to allow you to keep up to date with any changes.

You can download the app here:

Carezone

carezone app

CareZone was created to make organising health information plain and simple. Whether it be for yourself, an aging parents or a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s, this app allows you to simply manage medications hassle free

Other top features include keeping a journal to note down any symptoms (helpful when taking new medication), a calendar to keep track of appointments and receive reminders to take medication.

You’re also able to share all this information with your contacts with ease.

You can download the app here:

   

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