Looking for ideas for apps for that new tablet or phone? There are so many apps and so little time. Where do you start? Here are some ideas, though certainly not everything that could help. I hope it will get you started at least.
What is you are trying to do?
Begin with the end in mind. For example:
- Are you looking for a way to communicate? If so what? To whom?
- Do you want to remember something? Do you need a reminder only in certain locations? Do you need pictures or photos or will text be enough?
Also consider if you need audio such as Voiceover or TalkBack options. Do you use switches? Would a stylus help? You’ll need to find apps that work with the way you use your tablet or other device.
Built-in Access Features
First, ask if you are using the built-in access features of your device. These are there, free and can really be helpful!
- Apple iDevices Accessibility
- New Accessibility Features in iOS 8
- Android accessibility help center
Some ideas for alternative access:
- Variety of Stylus (steady, hand strap, mouth stick) on Etsy
- Make Your Own Stylus instructions one of many on the web!
- iOS: Switch Control helps you navigate your iOS device
How Much Can You Spend?
In an ideal world, this wouldn’t matter, but we all have limits. Either you have some funding or need to find some. Check MATP’s AT Funding Strategy for ideas on funding more expensive apps. Also look for apps that let you try them before plunging in. Make sure you know if an app requires in-app purchases to be fully functional or if it requires yearly subscriptions.
Where Can I Research Apps?
- Bridging Apps
- One Place for Special Needs Apps This guide breaks down apps by skill set so you can easily find and buy apps that most benefit your child. Included are apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and some Android apps.
- Quixey This web site offers a search engine to search for apps by category.
- Apps for Children with Special Needs produces videos that demonstrate how products designed to educate children and build their life skills really work from a user perspective.
- Apps from the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) – a component center of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.
- Friendship Circle Blog: The Special Needs iPad & App Series
- Dyslexia Help
- Assistive Technology and Educational Apps for Persons with Learning Disabilities
- Applevis: For Apple OS users – Accessible apps, guides & discussion for blind and vision-impaired users from a community-powered website for blind and vision-impaired users of Apple devices. Lists apps reviewed by low vision blind users, and notes if voice over can be used to support apps.
- Android Apps from Eyes Free Project
- AAC TechConnect
- Apps Assistant
- Jane Farrall Apps list
In addition, some of MATP’s Demonstration sites have some devices and apps available for demonstration. You can arrange a demonstration by contacting the site directly.
I am sure there are many other considerations, directories, adaptions and tips. I hope this helps you in your search! We would love to hear your thoughts on this! How do you find apps.Tweet