Best Apps for People Living With Paralysis

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The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation have announced the 67 best SmartPhone Apps for wheelchair users. This is the first of its kind and features nine different categories.

CitiRollers Application

We’re offering a user’s guide to the coolest and most beneficial apps available.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is proud to announce the publication of “Guide to the Best Apps for People Living With Paralysis,” the first online consumer’s guide of its kind. The guide features descriptions of 67 SmartPhone applications for iPhones, iPads, Blackberrys and Androids. Some were created specifically for wheelchair users; others were developed for general use, yet have particular applicability to those living with paralysis.

“SmartPhones offer a whole new level of independence and connectivity for people living with spinal cord injury, impaired mobility and paralysis,” notes Rob Gerth, the Reeve Foundation’s Director of Digital Media. “We’re offering a user’s guide to the coolest and most beneficial apps available.”

Gerth compiled the guide over the past several months with extensive input from the paralysis community. A few examples:

-- CitiRoller (developed in partnership with the Reeve Foundation) enables users to instantly locate accessible transportation, restaurants, cafes and restrooms in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. Its social media function permits users to nominate, rank and comment on specific locations.

-- Proloquo2Go turns a SmartPhone into a sophisticated portable text-to-speech voice synthesizer for those who cannot speak.

-- A mouth stick stylus mimics the electrical discharge of fingers on a touchscreen, enabling those without use of their hands to easily scroll, select and delete on SmartPhones and iPads.

-- Quick ADA provides easy access to the Americans with Disabilities Act’s standards and regulations for doors, stairs, hallways, plumbing and parking accessibility.

Other featured apps and accessories allow users to dictate email and text messages, track their medications, “shake to dial” or mount their SmartPhone on a wheelchair.
“Guide to the Best Apps for People Living With Paralysis” also includes a series of informative short videos by the artist and disability activist Christina Symanski.

About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information, please visit our website at or call 800-225-0292.

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