24 minApps Top 5 Accessibility Apps

24 minApps Top 5 Accessibility Apps

Accessibility services are features that are natively installed on Android and iOS. In addition to these functions already present in the device system, there are third-party applications that work as add-ons and help provide a more inclusive routine.

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  • 5 apps that can help the visually impaired

The App Store and Google Play Store provide apps aimed at different contexts, such as LB translators, options for the visually impaired and guides on the structure of places and establishments. Check out a list of the best accessibility-oriented apps below.

1. Guiaderodas

  • Compatibility: Android, iOS

  • Price: free

Guiaderodas is an application used to assess the accessibility of places for people with limited mobility. The app uses your device’s location to find nearby businesses, sights and other important places. From the list, it is possible to find out which ones are considered accessible or not, according to assessments made by the community.

Find information about accessibility of places (Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

To assess a location, the app provides a quick questionnaire, carried out with up to 10 screen taps. The assessments include information on parking, structures for entrance and internal circulation, adapted restrooms and baby changing facilities. There is also the possibility to provide comments about each installation.

The main screen provides filters to find restaurants, bars, hotels, markets and other options. Guiaderodas also provides content tabs on accessibility with news and travel tips.

2. HandTalk

  • Compatibility: Android, iOS

  • Price: free with ad display ($10.90 to remove)

HandTalk is a sign language translator for cell phones. Using two virtual characters, Hugo and Maya, the application translates from text or voice into Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) and American Sign Language (ASL).

Application can be used to learn sign language (Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

Just type or use the microphone to request a translation of an expression. The avatar will then display the gestures, and the app allows you to change the playback speed to make learning easier. If you have forgotten one of the signals, no problem: with an account created on the platform, you can access the translation history.

  • How to use the Hand Talk app, which translates Libras on mobile

The Hugo and Maya avatars can be customized with clothes purchased from an online store. The app also has two other educational areas. The first is a dictionary of terms and expressions cataloged between different categories. In addition to this option, there is an area with educational videos.

3. CittaMobi Accessibility

  • Compatibility: Android, iOS

  • Price: free

CittaMobi is one of the main urban mobility applications available, with real-time monitoring of bus lines in Brazilian cities. The tool has a version adapted for the visually impaired, called CittaMobi Accessibility and offered in a separate app.

App has a version adapted for reading aloud (Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

CittaMobi Accessibility has integration with screen reading services: TalkBack on Android and VoiceOver on iOS. With a simplified interface, it has a menu with few options and facilitates the search for bus lines and route queries.

The app allows you to save favorite routes, locate nearby landing points and follow the route of the lines. To check if CittaMobi is available in your city, click here.

4. Instant Transcription

  • Compatibility: Android

  • Price: free

Natively installed on some Android devices, Instant Transcription is an application aimed at helping people with hearing impairments. The tool uses the microphone to transcribe speeches in real time and send notifications of sounds around.

Application transcribes conversations around (Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

With the application set up, it is only necessary for someone to start speaking for the transcription to be made to the text. There is a history with the most recent records, option to configure the input language and a conversation mode to respond to transcripts with texts.

The app is also used to receive notifications of important sounds around you, recognizing the sounds of horns, alarms, animals, people, among other options. Instant Transcript can be accessed from your Android device’s accessibility settings and added to the app drawer.

5. Be My Eyes

  • Compatibility: Android, iOS

  • Price: free

BeMyEyes has an interesting proposal to help people with visual impairments. Through the app, you can volunteer to help people with visual tasks from audio and video calls.

Application helps the visually impaired with daily tasks (Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

Upon initial registration, you will need to inform yourself if you want to seek or provide help, as well as select your supported languages. The app then sends notifications when a person needs help and initiates an audio and video call when a volunteer is available. In this way, it is possible to help perform everyday tasks, such as discovering the color of a shirt, the validity of a product, among other options.

The platform has more than 4 million people registered for volunteering. In addition to the option to answer calls, the app has a tab of stories from community participants.

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