You may not realize it, but people with disabilities are also at a disadvantage when it comes to education. Studies show that 54 million Americans have disabilities. 28% of those with disabilities aged 25 and above barely even finished high school.
More than 16 million people in America have a mental illness or a cognitive function problem while 3 million people have difficulty with speech communication, thus hindering them from learning independently. However, learning can be facilitated, even for people with disabilities, through the help of mobile devices like the iPhone.
If you’re a parent of a disabled child or a teacher for disabled students, you can make learning more interesting for them with the help of these apps!
One of the best learning methods for children is the use of pictures and graphics, one thing that modern technology such as the iPhone can now offer for free. ArtikPix is one of those free applications geared towards empowering special education teachers and students by providing great ways to interact while learning. In a nutshell, it’s a flashcard activity app that allows students to practice speech. The app is also helpful for teachers because it allows them to collect and keep track of data through Google Spreadsheets. This app is also perfect for the iPhone 5 because it was recently updated to support iOS 6.
In My Dreams
If you don’t have an iPhone 5, you can always opt for apps that are great for older iPhone versions. In My Dreams is a great app that works on all iOS 2.2.1 devices and above (which makes it ideal for every iPhone). It’s a matching and reading app that allows students to learn effective reading, writing and speaking through animation and repetition. The app uses voice, sign language, pictures and words to help kids widen their vocabularies, master sentence structures and distinguish connections between words and visuals.
Aside from the usual speech and learning problems that many students encounter, a lot of children in America also have problems focusing in school due to behavioral disorders such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). For students who are having trouble controlling and monitoring their ADHD tendencies, the perfect app to try is ADHD Angel. ADHD Angel helps students understand their condition and monitor and manage their feelings. Aside from medication reminders, the app also features information about ADHD which kids can use to explain their disability to their peers. It also has important emergency contact details, advice and reminders to help students cope with ADHD even at school.
For students who can’t speak because of autism, cerebral palsy or other speech defects, the iPhone is a very helpful tool in communicating with others. Apps like TapToTalk serves as an easy and fun communication device. The app is filled with pictures that he or she can tap to voice their feelings and needs. Aside from this app, the developers also created other apps to go with it such as TapToTalk Uploader which helps disabled kids expand their photo album by uploading their own pictures.
Learn Braille Alphabet
Whether or not a student is blind, it still is helpful to learn the Braille alphabet. Students who have a blind friend or family member will find it easier to learn the Braille alphabet by using the Learn Braille app. This app is enhanced for the iPhone 5 so that students can easily learn Braille with fun visuals and interactive games. Not only will the kids learn a new language, they will also be able to help their blind classmate!
While there are many apps to support parents and teachers who have disabled students, developers have yet to come up with many applications to help disabled children. But with the onset of new technologies, it won’t be too long until students with disabilities have the opportunity to learn at the same pace as other kids.
Twila B. is a blogger for Cash for iPhones’ news site that features iPhone news, event updates and e-recycling tips like how you can sell your old or broken iPhone.