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5 Apps To Support Disabled People


By Jane Lucas

Technology can help us support people with a range of different disabilities. From physical disabilities to communication issues, these apps have plenty of features to support disabled users.

1 . Wheel Fit

Wheel Fit is a great app for wheelchair users. The app provides plenty of training plans and workouts, with minimal equipment required. App users can access custom made plans, designed to suit their needs. Whether you’re looking to burn fat or build muscle, this application can help. There are workouts for beginners, or more advanced athletes. In addition, there are nutritional plans, calorie counters, and calorie loggers. Here's what you get with this helpful app:

  • Diet plans including Paleo, Keto, vegan and more
  • Animations & video guides
  • Personal trainer feature
  • A huge variety of workouts to choose from

2. Petralex Hearing Aid

Petralex is a hearing aid app. You don’t need any special equipment to use Petralex, just a pair of headphones. There are plenty of features to take advantage of including:

  • The app can adapt to different environments
  • Includes a hearing test
  • Users can amplify 30dB, (using the headset)
  • A 4 week course, to learn about hearing aid
  • You can use your smartphone like a remote mic
  • Amplification support for people who have tinnitus
  • Includes a dictaphone

3. Speak For Yourself

Speak For Yourself is an app that was designed by speech language pathologists, with a focus on ‘Augmentative and Alternative Communication.’ Users can use the device to communicate using thousands of ‘Smarty Symbols’ that represent different words. The app does not require complex page scanning or navigation, users can communicate fast and efficiently. The speech system ensures that the voices are given personality and emotion. The app includes plenty of features to help users develop language and communicate.

4. Assistive Touch

The Assistive Touch feature comes with the iPod touch, iPad and IPhone. The feature helps those who have physical disabilities to use their devices. With the help of Assistive Touch you can swipe, pinch, and use Siri. First, access the ‘Settings’ on your iPhone or IPad, click ‘General’ and then ‘Accessibility’. From here select Assistive Touch.

5. Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is an app to support blind or visually impaired people. The app connects volunteers and those who need help. App users can get support with a variety of daily tasks, whether it’s home appliances, tech device issues, reading, or even matching clothing. Simply access the application, and you’ll be connected with a volunteer who can assist you via video call. If the volunteer cannot help with your task, you’ll be put through to the specialized help team, for more complicated tasks. The app is available for anyone aged 17+, whether a volunteer, or an app user.

For more products to support disabled people, take a look at coloplast. The company sells a range of high quality catheters, suitable for quadriplegic people, and a range of other conditions.

Other great apps to support disabled people include RogerVoice, Proloquo2Go or Wheelmap. With the help of app technology, we can support disabled people with a range of different needs.

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