Enabling the disabled
Communities the world over are working to make the world an equally accessible place for the specially-abled.
But if you're struggling with an impairment that affects how you communicate with loved ones everyday, here are some apps that can make life a little easier for y
Voice Dream Reader - Text to Speech
For those with dyslexia or hearing/visual impairments, this highly customisable app makes communication easier by converting your speech to text or vice versa. Listen to documents like it's music - or speak, and allow it to transcribe your thoughts into text. The efficient two-way system makes it a definite keeper.
Want to learn Braille? This app employs a simple interface to help you learn the language of the visually impaired. Interactive tools enable you to explore the dots of grade 1 Braille; includes exercises to test how quickly you can translate Braille words.
Especially useful for those suffering from cerebral palsy, autism, Alzheimer's or other conditions involving speech delay. The app simply allows the user to click on pictures of different words or symbols to communicate their needs. As the creators put it, it "gives a non-verbal child or adult a voice".
Be My Eyes
If you are visually impaired, you're probably used to navigating most spaces on your own by now. However, you may still need help with the little things - the colour of a shirt, expiry date on a carton of milk, etc. The app connects you remotely through a live video connection to a sighted person, who accepts the request and helps you out! Currently, there are over 200,000 sighted users who've signed up to help the over 20,000 visually impaired registered with the app. Clearly, help is always at hand!
Compiled by Karen Ann Monsy