iPhone Apps for Disability and Vision ImpairmentsBy DiFalco, Greg; Disabled World,
Publication Date: March 5, 2009
Article discusses applications available for the Apple iPhone to aid individuals with hearing and visual impairments as well as those with diabetes. (1) Vision applications described include Vision by AppZap, with functions such as eye exercises and tests tracking color vision and retinal function; Eye Test, a portable tool for testing visual acuity using the Snellen Chart; Splash ‘n’ Dash Eye Training, which includes momentary vision and focus ability tests; Colorblind, a game for memorizing and creating colors; and iSpectrum Color Blind Assistant, which identifies over 500 colors by name using the iPhone camera and zoom tools. (2) Applications for learning Braille include Bumps, which offers three methods for learning the Braille alphabet including a 26-letter reference guide, flash cards, and word play; Learn Braille for people with regular sight, including letters and symbols in Japanese, Hebrew, Korean, and Chinese; Braille Clock for practicing numbers with a Braille digital clock; and Linguistical for increasing vocabulary skills. (3) American Sign Language Programs described include Sign Smith ASL and ASL by Zoosware, both of which are available in 3 levels of increasing vocabulary; and Baby Sign ASL, a video phrase book with 200 signs useful for children. (3) Glucose Buddy Diabetes Helper tracks blood glucose, food, exercise and medicine with one application; and Pillboxer tracks medications and includes a database of 11,000 FDA-approved drugs. A link to a video clip from Apple demonstrating the iPhone’s accessibility features is included.
Published by: Lynn and Ian Langtree
Link to text: http://www.disabled-world.com/assistivedevices/iphone-apps.php
Link to video: http://videos.disabled-world.com/video/210/iphone-voiceover-function