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Everyone is always talking about some new app, and I simply can’t keep up!Recently, I ran across something called the “iPhone App Directory.” The British magazine, now in its sixth issue, reviews, rates and lists download costs for apps. I was curious to see how many of the 947 reviewed apps had potential for assisting with most disabilities, and I ended up very pleased and surprised.Dare I say we might have reached the tipping point in technological universal design? It seemed there were many apps that could be beneficial to people with cognitive disabilities, although interestingly, some of those were not user friendly and therefore not recommended.It was refreshing to see the number of new educational apps that may help persons with learning disabilities. Knowing that this magazine couldn’t cover all the new apps, I launched a search for similar magazines and found a good site that listed endless publications that also rate and compare new apps.Here are some apps that I thought were particularly interesting.
If you have used any of these apps and have found them to provide access, I would love to hear from you. Also, I would love to hear from you about accessible apps that weren’t listed—it would be great to have one ongoing list of apps that have disability implications.Are there any groups that are studying new apps for accessibility? If you’re an app developer, let me know if you are designing to include the 54 million Americans with disabilities. My next step is to remember my password so I can download some new apps! Happy apping!
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There's a new money reader app - LookTel Money - that uses the iPhone camera and to help people with visual impairments or blindness to determine the currency of the bill. You wave it in front of the camera and reads the currency.There are also color id apps, and also a VoiceOver app that helps users navigate the touch screen too ...
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