7 Best Accessibility Apps for Android and iOS ♿

  • Simon Archer
  • January 15, 2019
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There are many forms of disability in the world, and all of them take something away from the affected person. While this is an unfortunate reality in life, technology and human ingenuity has been able to give a few small things back to those people.

As they say, there’s an app for everything these days, and this list of accessibility apps might just make a few good points for that argument. They may do things that you’d have never thought of, but may also be a life changer for someone else.

These are the best accessibility apps that can make life better for anyone with a disability:

1. FaceTime

FaceTime is a standard app that comes installed in many devices these days. It’s mainly used to allow you to see whoever it is you’re talking to. However, the fact that you can see the person you are trying to communicate with offers a unique opportunity for people who communicate via sign language.

Whether you’re in an emergency situation, or simply want to say something sweet to a person you care about, FaceTime is a wonderful app for all sign language users.

2. Big Keys

Poor vision makes everything a bit more difficult, especially typing. If you are unable to see the keys on your phone’s keybaord, you won’t be able to use many important functions associated with the device.

For $2.99, you can purchase the Big Keys app, which allows you to customize the size of the keys on your screen’s virtual keyboard. The app also comes with custom themes, big emojis, and colour options. All in all, having this app can make a big difference for anyone who has a hard time seeing the keys on their phone.

3. BARD Mobile

Free for anyone with an account with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, BARD Mobile does something incredible for the user who loves to read. The app allows the user to download books, journals, publications, magazines, and even musical scores in both audio and braille formats.

Using Bluetooth, a user can connect the app to a refreshable braille display for easy reading wherever they are. Plus, the audio option allows for convenient listening on the go.

4. VoiceOver

Available for users of the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, VoiceOver is a screen reader that helps the user keep track of what’s happening on their screen as the navigate it. Simply touch the screen to hear what is being selected, then control the device using specific gestures to help navigate.

As you can imagine, this can solve more than a few headaches for some people, and can even save a great deal of time when dealing with the device. The app works with any apps that come pre-installed on the list of devices mentioned before.

5. Access Now

One of the big hurdles that a handicapped person faces is wondering whether or not a new place will be accessible to them. In the past, they could only find this out by wasting time to go to the location and hope for the best.

The Access Now app solves this issue by consistently updating a database of buildings and establishments with specific ratings regarding how accessible they are. Plus, the app allows you to filter buildings by handicap to quickly find the places that are best suited to your needs.

Features of this app include an interactive map that is constantly curated by the community, keeping you up to date on any need to know updates.

6. Awareness!

Everyone likes to use headphones on occasion. Listening to calming music before a big day can really make a difference, but what can you do when you need to be constantly aware of the sounds that are happening around you?

The Awareness! app solves this problem by feeding noises around you into the headphones via the microphone. By picking up any vital audio cues that you need to know while you have headphones in, this app may just save a few lives in its lifetime.

7. RogerVoice

When talking to a deaf person over the phone, there used to be no way to have a two-way conversation with them for obvious reasons. That can be incredibly problematic in a variety of situations, as you can imagine.

For that reason, RogerVoice was created in order to make things a bit easier for everyone involved. The deaf person can speak into their phone as normal, and their conversation partner can now do the same, as the app uses voice recognition technology to update a real-time transcript of whatever is being said.

RogerVoice is free to download on both Android and iOS devices.

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