This past July marked the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)! In honor of the occasion, Apple showcased all the helpful apps that they offer in the App Store that are specifically designed to make life a little bit easier for ADA folks. They included everything from vision, hearing, speech, learning, literacy, to physical & motor skills. Isn’t technology amazing?!
Being an avid saver, I cherry-picked the best one that are under $5 from their list. Most of them are free because, let’s face it, nobody likes paying for apps.
~ Vision ~
Be My Eyes – free
Connect with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat to be your eyes and tell you what your camera sees.
TapTapSee – free
Simply double tap the screen to take a photo of anything, at any angle, and hear the app speak the identification back to you
Digit-Eyes Lite – free
Create unique bar codes for everything in your house and your phone will read you what they are.
~ Hearing ~
Dragon Dictation – free
Easily speak and the app will write your text messages, emails, anything that requires typing.
Marlee Signs – free
Learn sign language!
Hamilton Captel – free
Read captions of phone conversations in real time. It’s like subtitles for your calls.
~ Speech ~
Have your phone speak words and phrases for you in English, Spanish, and French.
~ Learning & Literacy ~
BrainPOP Featured Movie – free
New movies, quizzes, and more delivered right to your student’s phones.
LetterReflex – $3.99
Stop mixing up your b’s & d’s , q’s & p’s, or anything other letter combos that are giving you trouble.
Dyslexia Quest – $3.99
Overcome dyslexia with six games developed to address different learning abilities.
~ Physical & Motor Skills ~
Dexteria – $3.99
Therapeutic hand exercises to improve fine motor skills and handwriting readiness.
Dexteria Dots 2 – $2.99
Games that help you learn motor skills, visual tracking, visual memory, and math concepts!
Dexteria Jr. – $2.99
Like the above two apps, but at the Pre-School level.
If you’re interested in supporting an ADA non-profit on Goodshop, The Arc in San Francisco is one of our favorites!