IPad Apps And Accessibility 63
Eric Jerman reviews the generative music iPad app, Bloom. Bloom allows children to create gentle, soft music patterns and bubbles of color with just the tap of a finger. The app also allows you to choose which color palette and contrast is most attractive to your child.
Inclusive Technology, a company that creates software for children with special needs, has also created a set of fun and accessible iPad apps. We review the two that are best for children with visual impairments: Smarty Pants and Five Sharks Swimming.
Talking Carl repeats any word, phrase or sound he hears in a funny high pitch voice. Carl can get your kids laughing and learning how to have a conversation when they speak, pause, then listen to the response.
This app has very high contrast with colorful spheres floating on a white background and produces lovely sounds with each tap, from animal sounds to instruments.
Watch a video of an app developer demonstrating his new braille keyboard app on an iPhone. The new app will allow blind users to type using a touch screen.
We review our favorite iPad case: the GumDrop. The GumDrop is perfect for kids with disabilities because it is nearly indestructible. Now you can feel comfortable handing your iPad to your child!
This app is a winner in our house! Ivan loves iLoveFireworks because it makes BIG sounds with just the tap of his finger on the iPad screen. It's a great app for blind children.
Eric Jerman reviews the hilariously addictive Baby Look Tickle app for kids. The app is a simple cause-and-effect game in which a baby laughs every time you tickle her, and Eric explains why blind children would find this app especially appealing.
Have you heard of the first app for iPad and iPhone created specifically for children with cortical visual impairment? It's pretty cool! Check out the Tap-n-See Now app for kids with CVI.
Bubbles is intended for babies and toddlers as a simple and fun app, but it also works beautifully as a way to help visually impaired children learn to use their functional vision. This high-contrast app could be especially appealing to children with CVI.
ThumbJam is a simple music app that allows your child to make beautiful, clear sounds with their iPad. It features all sorts of advanced options for changing the sounds or mixing tracks, but at it's foundation it's really just a touch-and-play game.
The iPad is the perfect platform to create interactive and accessible picture books for kids. Oceanhouse Media is doing just this with a large collection of Dr. Seuss books. Here's our review of our favorite: Dr. Seuss's ABC.
These are accessible apps for kids with special needs and they are fun too! If you're looking for apps that you can use with your iPad switch, this is the place to go.
In Peek-a-Bouncer your child holds their finger on the touch screen to see and hear a silly and colorful animal. As soon as they release their finger, the animal disappears behind a bright green curtain.
In this highly interactive story, the reader has to help Tiny Tinga the monkey get home by "tickling" various predators along the way. You can choose to have the story read to you or you can read it yourself!