Resource Bank on AT and Apps
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Assistive Technology (AT) refers to devices, software programs, or apps that are used by people with disabilities to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible to do.
“For most people technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, however, technology makes things possible. In some cases, especially in the workplace, technology becomes the great equalizer and provides the person with a disability a level playing field on which to compete.” Mary Pat Radabaugh, Director of IBM National Support Center for Persons with Disabilities, 1988
Mobile technology has not only revolutionized the way we communicate, but is also becoming a vital medium for travel, educational and rehabilitation for persons with disabilities. Disability does not mean inability, and the features and functionalities based on accessibility need to be present in modern day mobile apps. Smartphones and apps have transformed the way we perceive Assistive Technology as the advancements in AT are observable in many accessibility features of mobile devices.
We’ve compiled the iOS and Android apps that can improve the lives of people with disabilities. You can browse our page to learn more about the Mobile Apps.
TapTapSee is a mobile camera application designed specifically for iOS users who are blind or low vision. The app utilizes the iDevice’s camera and VoiceOver functions to photograph objects and identify them out loud for the user. The app can be download from App Store and Google Play store.
Voice Dream Reader is an accessible reading tool for mobile and tablet devices. With advanced text-to-speech and a highly configurable screen layout, it can be tailored to suit every reading style from completely auditory to completely visual, plus synchronized combination of both. The app can be download from App Store and Google Play store.
Show Me for Emergencies is an essential free app for emergency workers and people with communication needs – like difficulty understanding English, hearing impairments, and cognitive disabilities. It uses easy-to-understand icons for two-way communication during an emergency. The app can be download from App Store.