Six Great iPhone Apps for Learners With Disabilities
College isn’t easy for anyone—but learners with disabilities face special challenges. If you’re lucky, your school will have a great support system that will help you keep up with your academics and successfully finish school. But not all students have the support they need—and every little bit of help makes a difference.
In My Dreams
Many students with learning disabilities struggle with writing—a big part of college assignments. This is an iPhone app compatible with iOS 2.2.1 devices that helps students improve their sentence structure, grow their vocabulary, and enhance their writing skills using a variety of teaching tools—including sign language, images, voice, and the written word.
This free communication aid is designed for students with communication disorders. The app provides images that break down into specific categories, allowing students to communicate easily even without relying on the written word.
This special flashcard apps helps disabled students practice speech and communication skills using powerful graphics to make a stronger link between words and pictures. It’s ideal for students who are primarily visual learners.
Sign Smith ASL Essential
This helpful app isn’t free—but it does offer a Lite version with 20 sign language words. You can also buy a $.99 version with 100 signs or a $4.99 version with 1,200 words—a good deal for people who need to rely on sign language every day. Each word is shown with an animated figure demonstrating the sign.
This application provides a variety of tools for students with ADHD—both at home and at school. It helps ADHD students with regular reminders about medication, words and information to help them explain their condition to peers and teachers, and emergency details and advice for ADHD students to manage their feelings and focus in the classroom.
Learn Braille Alphabet
This application provides interactive games and fun visual learning activities to help users learn Braille. It doesn’t provide a raised surface, so it’s not designed for blind students—but it’s ideal for teachers who want to help students learn braille, or friends and family members of a blind student.
This app is ideal for students with hearing difficulties or those who may usually need hearing aids. After loading the app, you can insert your earbuds—and get enhanced hearing to catch lectures, listen to videos, and more. It was voted a top 5 medical app in 2010—and it’s still free.
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Food Additives 2
If you have celiac disease, severe food allergies, or other sensitivities to certain food additives, you know how dangerous it can be to eat at the school cafeteria. There’s a free version and a paid version that costs $3.99. The app offers a database of over 450 food additives and the foods they are most likely found in. Even better, you don’t need an Internet connection to run the app—so you can check to see if your food is safe from anywhere.
Students with disabilities often face significant challenges in getting through college. These iPhone apps can make the college experience just a little easier—whether you’re attending a traditional or accredited online college [http://www.distance-education.org/Schools/]. Whether you have a hearing or sight impairment, a communication disorder, dexterity issues, learning disabilities, or other challenges, there’s likely a SmartPhone app out there that can make your life at school and at home a little easier.
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