It was mildly surprising to learn that there are over 40,000 apps for people with special needs. Other than the specific purpose of each of these apps, the fact that they are on smartphones or tablet devices means that the users aren’t “advertising” that they’re using an assistive device – unless they really want to do that. As it turns out, a large swath of society can be helped with apps designed for practical purposes.
For those 40 plus eyes that have lost a bit of their sharpness, darkened restaurants can be a nightmare. But with Light, a free (with ads, or 99 cents without) app that’s like a flashlight, you too can pretend that 40 is the new 25. It uses the camera’s flash. Those who need a little more help might prefer the Zoom Reader app which is rather spendy but does a good job of magnifying small print. Along the way there are apps that help identify colors for color blind people and others who may not be color blind but somewhat color challenged.
Meanwhile PDFpen is an app that allows you to sign a contract on your iPad. Health related apps run the gamut from weight management to diagnostics and beyond. iTriage evaluates your symptoms and recommends the nearest medical help. ZocDoc helps you find nearby doctors who accept your insurance. iBGStar Diabetes Manager does what its name suggests, as does iHealth Blood Pressure Dock. Then there’s Epic win which aims to turn chores into an adventure – if you really believe that’s possible. Sadly, Chore Checklist is as it sounds. But there’s hope. The HoneyDo app isn’t working as well as its developers originally anticipated. Who would have guessed?