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Title: Useful tools for People with Disabilities


1
Theres an App for That
  • Useful tools for People with Disabilities
  • 09/28/11

2
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC)
  • A disability justice movement working to
    transform communities.
  • Home of Michigans Assistive Technology Program
  • www.copower.org
  • Contact mdrc_at_mymdrc.org

3
What are apps?
  • APP is an abbreviation for application.
  • There are many types of apps
  • Cell phones, tablets
  • Some developed specifically for people with
    disabilities
  • Other apps can be useful too

4
About Apple Apps
  • Apple app store
  • 425,000
  • Devices
  • iTouch
  • iPhone
  • iPad

5
What is Android?
  • Google
  • Now more than 250,000 apps available for Android

6
About Android Apps
  • Android Market
  • Third party app stores such as the Amazon Appstore

7
Consider
  • Can the person use the device?
  • Are adaptations possible?
  • Can someone help update and maintain the device?
  • Can the device be protected?

8
Apps for Speech
9
Considerations
  • Language is more complicated than we may think!
  • An evaluation by a professional is highly
    recommended
  • Wide range of options
  • Always have a back-up plan
  • Demonstration program

10
Vlingo
  • Speech input and speech to text
  • For both Android (free) and iPhone (Free and
    6.99 if add text message and email)
  • Also available on Blackberry, Nokia and Windows

11
Assistive Chat
  • Text to Speech (TTS)
  • Must know written language
  • Large buttons
  • Has 3 Voices can change speech speed
  • Can save sentences
  • Word Prediction
  • 24.99

12
Tap to Talk
  • Comes with a starter album with categories
  • Can make your own albums online with Designer ()
  • Pre-recorded speech in starter album. Record your
    own speech in Designer ()
  • Free Tap to Talk Designer 99.95/year

13
Speech to Text
14
Dragon Dictate
  • Voice recognition application allows you to speak
    and see your text or email messages
  •  Requires network connectivity (WiFi or 3G/EDGE)
  • Dragon Dictation works on iPad, iPhone, and newer
    iPod Touch (external microphone required).
  • Free

15
FlexT9
  • Four-in-one keyboard experience that enables you
    to Speak, Trace, Write or Tap input
  • Uses Dragon Dictation Speech to Text
  • 4.99

16
Google Voice Input
  • Search the web
  • Send an email
  • Send a text
  • Navigate
  • Open a map
  • Make a call
  • Write a note to self

17
Getting Things Done
18
Stay on Task
  • A random timer means you can't predict when it
    will check on you.
  • Free

19
Time Timer
  • Shows time using a bright red disc that
    disappears as time goes by.
  • 60 Minutes Custom count down any amount of time
    you set
  • Clock Your Timer appears on a real clock face.
  • 1.99

20
Shopping List Generator
  • Shopping list with pictures
  • Add categories, aisle, price information
  • Add audio, will speak the items as you select
    them.
  • 4.99

21
First, Then Visual Schedule
  • Use your own photos or add photos from the built
    in internet image search feature.
  • Record your own voice to the images
  • Arrange photos in order for task completion
  • 9.99

22
Story Kit
  • Create a new book
  • Add text, pictures, and voice
  • Can turn pages in order
  • Free

23
Remembering
24
Sound Note
  • Tracks what you type and draw while recording
    audio
  • While playing back your recording, just tap on a
    word, mark or drawing
  • Sound Note will jump right to that point in the
    audio.
  • 4.99

25
Car Finder
  • Augmented reality/ Map/RADAR view to find your
    way back
  • Driving/Walking directions to your parked car
  • Home screen widget for saving location with just
    one click
  • Parking meter alarm and timer
  • Shake to save
  • Send Email or text message location to other
    phones
  • 3.04

26
All in Note
  • Multimedia notes
  • Add Text and Photos
  • Add Audio (record)
  • Color Categories
  • Send your note by email
  • Back up to a Google Account
  • 0.99

27
To Do Lists
  • By Your Location

28
Omnifocus
  • You tap the Nearby Contexts button, and it shows
    you the lists associated with the places closest
    to you.
  • Uses context such as phone calls which you
    assign to tasks
  • 19.99

29
reQall
  • Speak or type (converts to text)
  • Receive reminders via email or IM.
  • Here and Now - what you need to remember right
    now.
  • Share reminders
  • Pro version 24.99/year adds Organize by
    location.

30
Visual to Audio
  • Including Text to Speech

31
Eye Note
  • Identifies Federal Reserve Notes (U.S. paper
    currency
  • Uses image recognition technology to determine a
    notes denomination.
  • Requires 51 percent of a notes scanned image,
    front or back, to process.
  • Free

32
Scanner text to speech
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • Not inexpensive apps
  • Some work with cell or tablet cameras
  • Hard to use if cant see or hold camera steady
  • Take a picture of text, process to digital text
    then uses text to speech to read it to you.

33
Digit-Eyes
  • Print specially coded labels from the Digit-Eyes
    web site
  • Scan the label and record a message.
  • To listen to the recording, just rescan the
    label.
  • Use the manufacturer's product code to find out
    what the item is.
  • 29.99

34
ZoomReader
  • Magnify the screen to 4x
  • Set color enhancements
  • Scan and read a document
  • Voice Over integration (voice commands)
  • IPhone 4 with iOS 4.2 compatible only
  • 19.99

35
Mental Health
  • Mobile help for Recovery

36
PTSD Coach
  • Education about PTSD,
  • Information about professional care
  • A self-assessment for PTSD
  • Opportunities to find support
  • Tools for managing stress and anger

37
Stress Tracker
  • Monitor stress levels
  • Track sources of stress, symptoms of stress, and
    vulnerability to stress.
  • Emoticons
  • Trends, reactions and specific events
  • 5.99 iTunes, 0.99 Android Market.

38
iStress
  • Daily/Weekly Recording of negative emotions and
    thoughts
  • Cumulative graph of emotions and thoughts
  • Two Relaxation exercises
  • Humor page
  • Encouraging sayings
  • Inspirational poem
  • 0.99

39
iPromise Addiction Recovery
  • AA and 12-step
  • Find Meetings
  • Easily contact friends in recovery
  • Keep a visual journal
  • Click an icon to call your sponsor
  • Get daily positive message
  • Free

40
Other Mental Health Apps
  • Many to choose from!
  • Music
  • Guided relaxation
  • Visualizations
  • Affirmations
  • Exercise, yoga
  • Meditation
  • Diet
  • Medication tracking
  • Sleep

41
Thank You!
  • Final Thought
  • "The true potential of technology lies not in the
    tools, but the use of technology to help people
    achieve their dreams."
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