Mobile phones have become an indispensable tool for almost everyone, and not only in terms of communications. With the smartphone, we can pay, get oriented, work and a host of other things, but unfortunately they are not usually prepared for people with special needs.disabilities
However, with the help of third-party applications we can make the mobile phone also a useful tool for this group, it can even facilitate their day to day. We will see some of the most practical applications that exist in App Store and Google Play to help people with different types of disabilities. The first of the applications that we present comes from the hand of PREDIF and the Vodafone Spain Foundation. It is a search engine that shows establishments and activities with information on the physical, visual, auditory, cognitive accessibility and other types of needs that travelers may have. In addition, TUR4all has an active community of users (linked to social networks) who value, rate and comment on that accessibility.
It is an application that facilitates the learning of the tactile reading and writing system for the blind, that is, the Braille. It has a guided practice mode and also a mode of automatic translation from and to Braille to learn little by little. This application, developed by a student from Toronto, allows blind people to obtain descriptions by voice of objects with so just focus them with the camera on the mobile phone. To do this, use Google Vision, CloudSight and Google Translate, although yes, it is only available for iPhone and English. With this alternative, people with hearing impairment and all those who want to start in sign language will find a perfect tool. In addition, this application facilitates the learning of sign language as a game, so it is very interesting to be used in children.
Created by the Orange Foundation, this application is designed especially for people with autism or communication problems. Among other functions, it allows to keep track of daily tasks in an easy and intuitive way, thanks to the visual elements and offering different personalization options.
It has a geolocation system that allows the user to locate interest points enabled for people with reduced mobility. It also allows adding new points, which will be reviewed by the FAMMA (Federation of Associations of people with physical disabilities) and, if approved, will be included in the application. Finally, we have this application that allows people with disabilities to locate reserved parking for them on the map. In addition, it is possible to add parking spaces and denounce those cars that are improperly using areas reserved for disabled people. The application is only available for Android, but it is possible to add a direct access to the web on the iPhone.