10 Helpful Apps for Travelers with Disability Written by: Iris26th May 2015 The smartphone technology has revolutionized and changed our lives. With Telegraph saying that “Quarter of the world will be using smartphones in 2016”, it may be unthinkable to complete a day without utilizing this technological development. It appears that everyone owns a smartphone, or at least knows how to use them. Kids do not only enjoy playing their favourite games, but some were also trained to dial out their parents' numbers when an urgent situation strikes. Its main purpose to serve as a tool for communication has undeniably expanded greatly. Smartphones are now equipped with features that allow users to take photos and videos, use the Internet in perhaps searching for a recipe or read the latest celebrity news, find directions to a local restaurant while on a holiday thru GPS, use certain apps for travelers with disabilities, play music, and get amused by a plethora of paid and free apps that are available to satisfy the wide range of interests of different kinds of individuals. Unfortunately, there are so many cases where the use of the smartphone technology has destroyed lives. Gossips, invasion of privacy and libelous rumours, among others, are commonly spread online using these mobile devices. There are also many write-ups that feature how the use of a smartphone ruined relationships, marriages, families and self-esteem. Indeed, this is the downside of innovation, yet as with anything in this world, the misuse and abuse of something will possibly bring worse into worst. But if all smartphone users are mature enough to be in control in utilizing its features, and if we are responsible in educating the young on how to use this technology properly, then we will be able to take advantage of the abundance of benefits that we could get from this technological advancement. Image Source: patrisyu thru Free Digital Photos The good news is that while there are a number of disadvantages associated with this technology, we could actually make good use of it to improve our productivity, and can even become a life-saver too. Children are able to play educational games thru the enjoyable apps for kids. Parents could integrate the Internet in promoting interactive learning using a tablet. Entrepreneurs and employees utilize the communication tools, cloud storages and planners to improve their efficiency. Holidaymakers and regular travelers find the must-try local activities at their destination, and connect to their family and friends back home by sharing their journey and posting their photos thru social media. These 10 useful apps for travelers with disabilities can help them protect themselves and make the most out of their vacations. Be My Eyes Be My Eyes is an app for the visually impaired or blind. The user requests for help thru the app and a volunteer responds to the help notification, followed by a live video connection. The volunteer helps the user in different situations, such as checking for expiration dates, determining currencies or exploring a new place. For iOS For Android DH Chat DH Chat is an app to help hearing impaired individuals and hearing people communicate without a sign language interpreter. Using the speech to text translation system, it makes a face-to-face conversation incredibly easier. The app is used thru Bluetooth, ensuring that the communication is done in a timelier manner. For iOS For Android Wheelmate Wheelchair users from around the world can now easily trace parking spaces and accessible toilets thru Wheelmate. The Wheelmate app is designed to let wheelchair users gain confidence in traveling, without having to worry about an accessible toilet or parking area. Fellow wheelchair users add a location, verify it, which others can comment and rate on. This is a very helpful app, especially in planning for a trip to an area you have never visited. For iOS For Android Handy Speech Children, teens and adults who have language disabilities, speech impairment or those who have completely lost their ability to talk due to brain injury, Muscular Dystrophy, or stroke, can now communicate without difficulty, thanks to the Handy Speech app. The Handy Speech app is the one and only handwriting-to-speech app that serves as an effective tool for conversations. Using the user’s finger or a stylus, a user writes on the device' screen. The words are then being produced using the state-of-the-art Nuance voice technology. For iOS For Android LookTel Money Reader The LookTel Money Reader is a very useful tool especially for travelers with blindness or visual impairment. By simply pointing your iOS device camera on the coins and banknotes, the app will then identify the currency, value and count the bills in real time. There are currently 21 currencies that are being supported by the app. For iOS iAssist Communicator The iAssist Communicator is an app that could also work wonderfully for people with Autism spectrum, and those who are cognitively challenged. With the use of photos that are associated with words, recognition and communication are then encouraged. There are also set of images in "Files" where the user's needs are indicated. For instance, a schedule to fulfill a dental hygiene task starts with flossing the teeth, and may perhaps include putting some toothpaste on a toothbrush. For iOS Dragon Dictation People who have Acquired Brain Injury can now communicate conveniently with the help of the Dragon Dictation app, without having to type. The user speaks or "dictates" a word, sentence or phrase. The voice recognition application will then facilitate the user to see their spoken words on their device screen. Users could easily update their statuses on Facebook and Twitter, and could also send short messages and emails in a breeze. For iOS Bodyguard The Bodyguard is a must-download emergency app. It is a very useful application, especially when you are alone traveling or exploring a new place. When you are in an emergency situation (knocking on wood!), just press a button, and assistance will be on its way. The app uses the ABG Protection Network, where you will be easily located by your "Protectors" thru SMS or Twitter. You can also make a hands-free call to a certain number (911 or your local police) automatically. For Android Uber You don't have to wait too long in taxi lines. With this app, you can easily get a ride in a matter of minutes. If you don't know your exact location, you will be easily located using the map. You can pay using your PayPal account or Google Wallet, so you won't have any problems if you don't have some cash in the local currency of the country that you're visiting. For iOS For Android Simple Note Using Simple Note is as simple as its name. This fuss-free app allows you to write down your thoughts, and search for them easily. You can use tags and pins to organize them. This is a great idea especially when you need to refer to important travel information or while taking notes of your travel journey while you're on the go. For iOS For Android Image Source: phanlop88 thru Free Digital Photos. With these valuable apps, travelers can now fully enjoy their supported holiday, and families can have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are now able to completely maximise their holidays and supported vacations while using these life changing apps for travelers with disabilities. Be sure to check the disclaimer for the said apps and carefully study and navigate on how to efficiently make use of them. These tools, alongside being always prepared for your trip and becoming vigilant at all times, will definitely ensure a safe, convenient and successful escapade. PRIMARY IMAGE SOURCE: Archipoch thru Free Digital Photos.