Useful Apps

There are new apps being created every day which make the lives of people with disability easier. These are a few that have been recommended to us.



Voice recognition program

Claro PDF:

Speaks back accessible text PDF files with high quality speech and high lights text so you can follow the words as spoken


A document maker which can be easily converted to Word or PDF for transmission to other devices

Find My Friends:

A way to share a location with other. Friends who share their locations appear on a map so the user can quickly see where they are and what they’re up to.

WhatsApp Messenger: 

A cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows exchange of messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and allows these  phones to message each other


To find when particular trams are coming  on the Yarra Trams network

Train Tracker:

Looks up train arrival times and also allows commuters to report a delay.


A simple way to create visual stories and talking books. It requires no reading skills to locate and read stories. Pictello offers an easy visual story creation wizard so everyone can use pictures, video and sound to share important moments in their lives.

Allows creation of:

We also suggest you look at the Spectronics website for apps

For people who are deaf or hard of hearing

Glide Video texting:

Taking the deaf community by storm -  SMS but in Auslan

Subtitle Player:

 Ideal for people who are deaf or have low hearing in cinemas if the movie is not subtitled.

'OpenMi Tours:

Developed by Conexu (formerly Australian Communication Exchange), which makes museums, galleries, exhibitions, tours more accessible for deaf and hard of hearing people. Visit the Conexu website for more information

For people with low vision

The Vision Australia website has a huge number of apps which can be used with VoiceOver technology

For people on the autism spectrum

The apps page lists and rates autism related apps.