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19 ‘Mobile’ Apps to Try Now
Browsing through the iTunes selection of apps is like being inside a university library without access to the card catalog. Sure the variety is exciting, but it’s also a bit overwhelming. And if you’re a person with a mobility condition, finding apps that fit your specific needs is an even more monstrous task. Fortunately for you, The Mobility Project staff has never met a library we couldn’t plunder. So here’s our list of 19 apps we think you shouldn’t be without.
Unless otherwise noted, all apps can be located by typing the app name into the iTunes Store.
THE PLAYING FIELD
Wheelchair Warriors – 3D Battle Arena
So what if Mario were in a wheelchair? What if Link had to rescue the Princess Zelda by wheel? Now you can play the role of a wheeled action figure by battling enemies and picking up vitamins to keep the clock ticking. The game includes multiple stages, weapons, achievements—oh yeah, and guns. Free for iPhone and iPad.
Wheels of Glory
Wheelchair basketball can now fit in the palm of your hand. Choose a player and wheel around the court collecting gems and medals to unlock other levels. You’ll also battle basketball opponents. Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
U-Verse Easy Remote
Designed specifically for U-Verse TVs, this receiver enables the user to take full control of channel navigation via a gesture pad or voice recognition. The app also features single touch access to closed captioning. Customize the font and color to maximize the display. Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Use the Dynamic Controls iPortal and Bluetooth technology to view your wheelchair’s status, including speed, battery power level and seating incline. Compatible with DX, DX2, DK (Shark), Invacare ACS, ACS2 and Mk6i SPJ. Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
AbilityTrip Mobile – Accessible Travel
Plan your accessible trip anywhere in the world with this easy app that outlines destination information including accessible restaurants and hotels, local hospitals and mobility equipment suppliers, and public transportation. Comes preloaded with Chicago, but additional cities can be purchased for $2.99 or in bundles for $4.99. Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Hailing a cab in New York City is now less about the aggressive hand gestures and more about the app. Book wheelchair-accessible taxis up to 24 hours in advance by simply entering your location and clicking “book.” You can also track your taxi as it makes its way to your location. Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
SPEAK YOUR MIND
This ACC app offers a grid of core words and phrases with text prediction to make communication easier. Choose a male or female voice. Free for iPad.
My MS Manager
Designed by MSAA, this app stores comprehensive medical records and healthcare team contacts, provides the ability to track MS flare-ups, and contains info on side effects and treatment strategies. Plus the app allows you to share your logs with your physician. Free for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android. Download here.
This video was created to help people with multiple sclerosis as well as friends, family and teachers understand the disease. Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Real Talk Real Answers
This app features a video series of people in their 20s and 30s living with MS. Each video addresses common questions about work, relationships, family and more. Access information through easy-to-browse categories and a video library. Plus you’ll get MS-related tips each week. Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
HEALTHY HIGH ROLLERS
Prevent bedsores with this app that provides a permanent timer to remind you to do pushups every 15 minutes. Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
52 Weeks for Women's Health
The National Institutes of Health wants to help women set a New Year’s resolution to learn more about their health. This app offers 52 alphabetical health topics for each week of the year that will help women reduce health risks and improve quality of life. Users can set goals, record daily thoughts and personalize the app with eight themes. Free for iPhone and Android. Download here.
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, especially when your physician seems to be speaking a different language. Now just ask the doc to draw it directly on your screen. Save the photos for future reference. Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
JUST FOR CAREGIVERS
One of the most common concerns among caregivers is safe transferring. This app provides a guide to help you figure out just how to transfer anywhere you are. Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Get organized! This app enables multiple caregivers to share contact information, medication schedules and notes. You can also make and assign to-do lists and send voice messages to up to 100 recipients. Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
JUST FOR PARENTS
Make learning a team effort with this app designed to help parents develop specific strategies to work with schools. The app is loaded with information on the rights of students with disability as well as resources, references, videos and simulated interactions. Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
My Kidz Info
Keep everything you need for your child (or children) at the tip of your fingers. This app stores information to fill out school forms, and you can download history for caregivers. Plus you can share information with your spouse and other family members. $2.99 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
So you have a lot of questions: some health, some financial. This app has answers to help you get the assistance you need. Get FAQs on SSDI and Medicare as well as information on how to apply for those benefits and tools for estimating your benefits. Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Manage your medications with this app that reminds you to take your meds and when to order refills. Includes searchable database of more than 17,000 prescription, over-the-counter and herbal medicines, recall notices when applicable, and medication information such as side effects and how-to directions. Free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.