Using a smartphone may be second nature for some people, but others may need extra help using technology, apparently if accessibility is an issue. If you have a disability that requires additional features to enable you to use your smartphone, the good news is that there are a wide array of apps designed to provide extra help with accessibility for mobile devices. Whether you struggle with your vision, hearing, or another type of challenge, you can download apps that will make it easier to use your smartphone and all of its features. Some accessibility features are also native to smartphones, so it may not even be necessary to install extra apps on your phone.
Those with vision impairment can get the extra help and features that they need with a number of apps. Even those living with total blindness can use a smartphone thanks to apps that will read text messages and other text displayed on cellphone screens. These voice-over features are key to giving people with visual impairments much-appreciated independence. These reading apps can read books, newspapers, and websites, and they can also read back whatever’s under your finger on the screen, allowing you to find and use different apps more easily.
Among additional useful apps to look for is a money identifier app, which can recognize currency denominations and identify them aloud so that people with a visual impairment can count out their money. Another helpful type of app is an object identifier. Simply take a photo of anything with a smartphone and the app will speak the name of whatever is in the photo. If you have a form of color-blindness, there are also apps that will identify the colors of things in your photos. And if you’re visually impaired and energy-conscious, you can use a light detector app on a smartphone to be able to know when lights have been left on. Simply point the cellphone camera at the light source and the app will emit a sound to indicate whether the light is on or off as well as the intensity of the light.
Living with a hearing impairment can be easier thanks to a number of cellphone apps that are designed to assist those who are hard of hearing or completely deaf. Many apps are available that will transcribe voice messages into text for easy reading. You can also install an app that will produce captions for phone conversations. For those struggling with partial hearing loss, an app can amplify sounds to make it easier to hear them. An amplifying app might even make it possible to have conversations without a hearing aid. You can install a special alarm clock app on your cellphone that will trigger flashing lights when the alarm goes off. Visual calling apps can make it possible to see those you are conversing with, allowing you to lip-read. And for those trying to learn American Sign Language, ASL apps are available to help people learn thousands of different signs.
Other Accessibility Issues
Those struggling with other disabilities can also get help with mobile apps designed to provide other types of accessibility on mobile devices. Those who use a mobility scooter or wheelchair can use an app to search for places that are accessible around the world. People with dyslexia can use a number of apps to assist them with reading and writing. Anyone with autism may benefit from downloading apps designed to assist with sensory overload or with creating and maintaining daily routines. And if Alzheimer’s disease is affecting someone’s daily life, apps can help them remember medications, keep the mind active, and find practical advice for daily life.
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