Life-Changing Apps for People with Disabilities
Pictello By Assistiveware
Pictello is visual storytelling app that allows you to create stories using imported images or pictures taken with the iPad or iPhone and add descriptive text to each picture. The story can be recorded in the child’s own voice or it will use text to voice with a selection of voices. The program can be used to make a story for a very young child using pictures for them to watch or with an older child to encourage selfexpression, expressive language, social skills.
Aipoly Vision: Sight for Blind & Visually Impaired! By Aipoly
Designed for the iPad Air iPad Mini 2 or, iPhone 5 or newer, Aipoly Vision is an object and color recognizer that helps users who are blind, visually impaired, low vision and color blind understand their surroundings. It is easy to use by pointing the mobile device at the object of interest and press any of the recognition buttons at the bottom of the screen to turn on the artificial intelligence. It recognizes plants, animals, text, colors, currency and more. Aipoly Vision can recognize 1,000 essential items for free, and many more through a subscription.
Cozi – Shared calendar & lists By Cozi
Cozi is a family organizing app that allows families or individuals to easily manage their calendar, lists, recipes and more all in one place. The color coding feature allows each family member to have their own designated color, making it easy for younger users to follow and add their own events and reminders. Can also create shopping lists and to-do lists within the app. Our favorite feature of the lists is the ability to share them with other users by text message, making it easy to share lists with family members on the go.
If you are interested in searching for more apps, creating your own list of apps and sharing them, please go to BridgingApps.org. BridgingApps, a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston, is a community of parents, therapists, doctors and teachers who share information about using mobile devices with people who have special needs.
Cristen Reat is co-founder of BridgingApps and a mother who found success when using a mobile device with her children who have special needs.
Amy Barry is the Content Manager and Editor at BridgingApps and mother of five children.