With all those cool new Apple iPhones, you know, such as the amazing new iPhone 11 series with all the photo and video goodies that come with it, why in the world would anyone want an iPod Touch? And why would a New Jersey resident want to borrow one from the Technology Lending Center, even at no cost? The reason? One doesn’t need a phone with a camera to sample assistive technology apps and learn what they can do.
With this sleek mobile device, users can download thousands of applications with the tap of a finger. These applications can help those with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and many other disabilities. It has been said that for most of us, technology make things easier. But for people with disabilities, assistive technology makes things possible.
Apps and programs we have used include the following:
- Proloquo2Go, a symbol-based Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC) app for iPad and iPhone (or iPod Touch), for persons who need assistive technology to communicate verbally
- Dragon Dictation, an app that transcribes text to speech and vice versa for people with dyslexia or ADHD (speech-to-text can be useful for the deaf and hard of hearing)
- Audiobooks for the blind, visually impaired, and dyslexic (e.g., Learning Ally)
- The Apple Reminders app and other organizational tools, especially useful for persons with traumatic brain injury or learning disabilities involving executive functioning skills
- FTVS HD – First Then Visual Schedule HD, a picture-based organizational tool for children with developmental disabilities needing assistance with scheduling, whether as a reminder to do something or to remember a series of steps within a given task
- The i-Click app, which allows one to turn electrical appliances on and off wirelessly
Harmony Smart Control, an app that turns an iPhone or iPod Touch into a universal remote.
We can assist anyone in finding the app for their unique needs.