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The list below is comprised of helpful applications and technologies that can help increase self-reliance for people with various disabilities and diagnoses. These are designed to be an added support in people’s pursuit of a rewarding life. This list was compiled by professional Behavior Support Specialists who recommend these applications.

To view the specific application’s website, click on the corresponding photo.

Communication

EESpeech Basic AAC

Ability to provide basic communication including texting to talk

Cost: Free

Inference Ace

Reading comprehension, inferential reading and language geared towards children grades 2-5

Cost: Free

Inference Clues: Lite

Reading comprehension, inferential reading and language geared towards children grades 2-5

Cost: Lite is free, prices vary for more advanced levels

Inference Jones Level 1: Lite

Reading comprehension, inferential reading and language geared towards children ages 8-11

Cost: Lite is free, prices vary for more advanced levels

Longwalks: Start a Conversation

Journal and conversation menu based on topics

Cost: Free

Preposition Builder

Teaches prepositions using picture cues

Cost: Free

SoundingBoard

Provides a variety of communication boards, you can also make custom boards with your own pictures and voice recording

Cost: Free

Proloquo2go: Augmentative Alternative Communication Application

Symbol-supported communication. Beginning to advanced communicators

Cost: $219.99-$249.99

Social Skill Development

Life Skills: What Do You Say?

Uses difficult social scenarios and how to respond to others through providing choices of responses

Cost: Free

Social Skills Builder Lite

School aged targets teaching social interaction at school

Cost: $0.99

Conversation Therapy

Uses a picture to help initiate and create conversation starters

Cost: Free (lite) or $19.99

Social Story App

Set of 15 pre-written social stories and can create and print your own

Cost: Free or $30

Coping Skills, Relaxation and Sensory

Calm

Meditation application which focuses on targeted guided meditation

Cost: Free

Calm Harm

Used to help manage urges to self-harm

Cost: Free

Feelings Diary

Mood diary with lock

Cost: Free

Fluidity

Visual interactive colors controlled by fingertips

Cost: Free

Headspace

Guided meditation, with daily reminders and tracking

Cost: Free

My Coping Plan

Create personalized copings, however not recommended if person has a habit of calling emergency services in unnecessary cases

Cost: Free

Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds

Relaxing music and white noise

Cost: Free

Stop, Breathe, Think

Meditation for calm and sleep

Cost: Free

Too Noisy Starter

Displays graphically the noise levels in a room

Cost: Free

Visual Timer

Visual countdown timer

Cost: Free

Voice Meter Pro

Helps children and adults control the volume of their own voice

Cost: Free (?)

Bloom

Visual touch screen paired with music, will match mood and sleep timer

Cost: $3.99

Let’s Learn Emotions Pro

Comes with flashcards and four interactive games to teach emotions and discuss emotions

Cost: $3.99

Mindful Powers

Teaches children mindfulness to respond to stressful situations

Cost: Free-$4.99

Reflectly

Feelings journal that uses psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy to build positive habits

Cost: Free trial. After trial costs vary from $47.99-$59.99

Independent Skills

Talking Tom or Angela

Virtual Pet that teaches self-care, will also repeat what you say, which is fun for those who like to converse

Cost: Free

Color Name AR

Will identify the color through a photo

Cost: Free-$0.99

Letter Quiz

Sensory tracing letters (for younger kids)

Cost: $1.99

Number Quiz

Sensory tracing numbers (for younger kids)

Cost: $1.99

Daniel Tiger’s Stop and Go Potty

Develop potty training skills

Cost: $2.99

ChoiceBoard-Creator

App to create customizable choice boards

Cost: $3.99

iDay

Set alarms throughout the day for different tasks

Cost: $4.99

My Routine Schedule

Creates customized routines using pictures. Timer for each step in the routine is also included

Cost: $4.99

Choiceworks

Learning tool for helping children complete daily routines

Cost: $6.99

First Then Visual Schedule

Helps you create visual supports such as the first then boards, visual schedules, task analysis, social stories, choice boards and video models

$14.99

Everyday Skills

Uses video modeling to teach daily living skills

Cost: $29.99

Blind Square App

Navigation system for those who are blind. Controlled through voice command and will notify where you are and what’s around you

Cost: $39.99

Board Maker

Software that lets you create communication boards, sequences and schedules using symbols

Cost: $399.00

Autism Apps by Touch Autism

A comprehensive list of apps that are being used with and by people diagnosed with autism, down syndrome and other special needs

Cost: Prices vary

Smart Home Technologies

There are three major smart home applications that your smart devices may be compatible with: Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. A brief description of each app is provided below.

Apple HomeKit App

With the Home app, you can easily and securely control your HomeKit accessories from all your Apple devices. Turn off the lights, see who’s at the front door, adjust your living room temperature, turn up the music, and so much more. Exclusively compatible with iOS Apple devices. [taken from Apple website]

*Automatically installed on Apple products

 

Amazon Alexa

Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice service available on more that 100 million devices from Amazon and third-party device manufacturers. With Alexa, you can build natural voice experiences that offer customers a more intuitive way to interact with technology they use every day. Compatible with Amazon, iOS Apple, and Android products. [taken from Amazon website]

Google Assistant

Your Google Assistant is ready to help when and where you need it. Manage your schedule, get help with everyday tasks, control smart home devices, enjoy your entertainment, and much more. Exclusively compatible with Android products.

Just start with: “Hey Google” [content taken from Google advertising]

Smart Home Devices

tecla 

The cloud-connected assistive device provides users with control of their smart devices and environment through wheelchair driving controls and ability switches from manufacturers like AbleNet.

tecla-e empowers individuals with physical disabilities who cannot independently use smartphones, tablets, computers or smart home technology with touchscreens and keyboards. This includes those with limited upper-body mobility resulting from spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or stroke. [content taken from tecla site]

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant

*Cost: tecla-e $499.00

*Other adaptive technologies available on website (prices vary)

Amazon Echo & Alexa Devices

Voice-assistant smart home system. It understands voice commands to assist you in searching the Web, creating to-do lists, shopping online, and controlling smart-home products.

Amazon Echo + tecla

Most popular Amazon technologies:

Echo Dot

Echo

Echo Spot

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant

Cost: Prices range from $24.99-$189.99

 

August Smart Lock

The August Smart Lock is a device that attaches to the deadbolt on your door. It’s compatible with a variety of deadbolts (but doesn’t work with mortise locks or sliding glass doors). It contains a small motor which turns the deadbolt, locking or unlocking your door. Using Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi with the Connect add-on, you can control the lock within your home or from anywhere in the world. The August app features a large red/green button to lock and unlock your door. This makes it simple to use even if you have limited hand coordination. [content taken from Karin Willison, “The Mighty”]

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant

Cost: Smart Lock $119.00-$179.00; Smart Lock Pro $229.00; Doorbell Cam Pro $199.00; August View $229.00

Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener

This smart garage door opener allows you to open and close your garage door from anywhere. Feel more secure at home when you set times for your garage to close and receive alerts when the garage door opens and closes. You control your garage door with your smartphone, Wi-Fi and any compatible garage door opener. [content taken from Amazon product description]

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant

Cost: $19.98-$49.98

 

Ring Doorbell

The Ring Doorbell works with most smart home devices and will alert you via motion detection when a visitor is at your door. You will be able to see, hear and/or speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and P.C.

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant

Cost: $99.00-$499.00

 

iHome Smart Plug

These smart plugs are reliable and compatible with all three major smart home systems. Wi-Fi enabled wall plug lets you control small appliances using 1800 watts or under. It’s great for controlling lights, window air conditioners, fans, portable heaters, coffeemakers, microwaves, home audio systems and more. [taken from product information on Amazon]

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant

Cost: $29.99

VOCOlinc Power Strip

These power strips are perfect for powering and controlling lights or any other devises that can be linked to your smart devices.

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant

Cost: $38.99-$41.99

Smart Light Bulbs

These are a must if you want to control your lights with assistive technology. Here are a few options to choose from:

VOCOlinc (compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant)

Cost: $15.99-$18.99/1; $29.99/2 pack

Sengled (compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant)

Cost: $7.99-$21.24/1; $33.99/2 pack; $33.14-$48.01/4 pack

Kasa (compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant)

Cost: $16.99/1; $49.99/4 pack

Philips(Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant)

Cost: $99.97/4 pack

 

Ecobee

The Ecobee thermostat is compatible with HomeKit, Alexa and Google Home. It has room sensors, which will record the temperature and allows you to set the system based on the temperature of the individual room, instead of one central area.

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant

Cost: $189.99

Roomba 675

This smart vacuum is compatible with all smart home technologies. You can set it to clean at whatever times you choose. Ideal for people with mobility issues.

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant

Cost: $199.99-$299.99

 

Additional Resources

The easterseals’ Assistive Technology Center provides assistive technology, equipment and services to individuals with disabilities.

Click the easterseals logo above to learn more about their program designed for Hoosiers with various disabilities.

The video above was created by the N.E.A.T. Center and provides an overview about smart home technology for people with disabilities. Click the arrow to play. Closed captioning available.

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