What's in store?

Karen Peatt
Apple's App Store has over 420,000 software applications to download. The applications are for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. There are a lot of great applications for people with a disability. But it can be hard to find them. One of the best I have found is Proloquo2go. It is a tool for people who have difficulty speaking. Good free applications for fitness and health include Physiotherapy Exercises and RaceYourWorld. I also like Draw for iPad. It lets you draw pictures and play games.
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Karen Peatt on 14/09/2011
A screenshot from the Proloquo2go application featuring stick figure symbols and simple words.

Proloquo2go is a communications tool

The App Store has been a significant contributor to the success of the iPhone and iPad. The online store now has over 420,000 software applications available to download. And the number of apps that are useful for people with a disability is growing every day.

The huge number of applications can make it difficult to know what to choose. But there are many great applications for your smartphone or tablet device. There is everything from apps that can help people communicate to fun timewasters.

Ask yourself

Before you spend money on a new app you should ask yourself a few questions. They include:

  • Will the app serve the purpose that I need it for?
  • Will I be able to use it?
  • Does it provide value for money?
  • Is the app suited to my device - iPhone, iPod or iPad?
  • Does the app have good reviews from other users?
  • Is there a free version I can try?

Here are some of the best apps I have found for people with a disability.


Proloquo2go is a communications tool for people who have difficulty speaking. It has natural sounding speech and a large vocabulary. There are over 8000 symbols to choose. Advanced features include automatic verb conjugation and a recently spoken tab. It is easy to change viewing settings. The cost of $199 seems high. But even with the cost of an iPad it is a comparatively cheap way of creating a personalised communication device.

Physiotherapy Exercises

Physiotherapy Exercises is a free app with over 600 exercises for people with spinal cord injuries and other neurological conditions. You can filter the search through a variety of categories such as condition, body part and available equipment. The exercises help improve strength, flexibility and fitness. They do not require manual handling from physical therapists.


RaceYourWorld is a free app that records and stores your personal statistics of each workout. It has a setting for wheelchair users. The app tells you at a glance whether you are going quicker or slower than previous workouts. You can also compare your statistics with other users around the world. It can be a useful tool regardless of your level of athleticism.

Draw for iPad

There are a lot of drawing tools on the App Store. Draw for iPad is free and fun. You can draw to your heart's desire, before erasing, emailing, or uploading your masterpiece to Twitter. The app includes support for different coloured pencils. It also includes a few simple games like Tic-Tac-Toe and Dots.


What are some of your favourite apps? Let us know in the comments section below.

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