Top 5 Apps For Disabled Travellers
Smartphone apps are life savers! Bored? Hungry? Lost your way? Need to find a toilet? These days we have an app for everything! So, we did some research and put together top 5 apps that will make travelling for the disabled travellers easier. Take a look…
Meant for: People with hearing disabilities
Works on: iOS devices
Not everyone suffering from hearing disabilities likes to wear a hearing aid at all times, particularly those who have never tried one before. But when such a person is travelling in unfamiliar places, it becomes vital to hear sounds properly, so as to interact with other people and to be safe (being able to hear warnings like ‘danger’ or ‘get out of the way’).
With the HearYouNow app, you can amplify sounds, particularly in noisy environments like restaurants, public places, parties, etc. Since hearing loss can be of varying degrees, this app lets users customise the sound frequency to their specific, individual levels by using the Low, Mid, and High options. You can also set it for use in both ears, or just one ear, as needed, and set the Focus to Far or Near according to the level of hearing difficulty.
This free app works by using the device’s microphone to produce a clear, improved sound that reaches the user via their headphones.
2) Be My Eyes
Meant for: The visually-challenged
Works on: iOS devices (iPhone and iPad), in development for Android
The Be My Eyes app makes things easier for the visually impaired by serving as a connection between them and sighted volunteers. The user may need help with anything from reading a menu card to navigating roads while travelling. Through the app they can very easily enter a request for assistance. A volunteer is immediately notified, and can help the person via a live audio-video connection.
This app lets the visually impaired manage tasks on their own without a personal helper by their side, which is a big relief while travelling. The much-appreciated app created by Hans Jørgen Wiberg, requires a person to simply point their phone’s rear camera at an object they need help with, and a volunteer is available to assist instantly. The app is free, and is currently being used by thousands of people, with an even higher number of volunteers signing up to help.
Meant for: Customised searches for people with special needs
Works on: iOS and Android
TripTripHurray is another helpful app that can be used by all kinds of travellers, right from those who are disabled, to those travelling with small children and pets. Anyone with a specific need can enjoy a stress-free holiday using this app. It’s a travel platform that allows users to perform customised searches, schedule a holiday, and book hotels.
The easy interface allows you to choose your travel needs and shows relevant results for accommodation, restaurants, shops, services, and even public transport. A tap on the “Help around me” button will give users a list of all places of interest within a 300 metre radius with the required facilities (wheelchair-accessible restrooms, for example). This app is a personal trip assistant that everyone could use, and is especially helpful for disabled travellers.
4) Map Seeker
Meant for: Location Based ApplicationWorks on: Android
Works on: Android Alternative app: GPS Navigation, Maps & Traffic – Scout on iOS
Alternative app: GPS Navigation, Maps & Traffic – Scout on iOS
Created by Sightica Solutions, Map Seeker is a beneficial app for seniors as well as visually impaired. Listed as one of the top 10 most useful utility apps, Map Seeker allows you to find the nearest utility services like ATMs, hotels, hospitals, bus stops, public transport locations, etc. This app is also available in a Hindi version for Indian users.
5) Flush Toilet Finder
Meant for: Finding disabled-friendly toilets
Works on: iOS and Android
Anyone who has travelled knows how difficult it gets when you simply need to go, but have no clue about where the nearest toilet is located. Such situations can get even more harrowing and embarrassing for people with disabilities who need to find accessible restrooms in new places.
The Flush Toilet Finder is an app that has a database of more than 19,000 public restrooms worldwide. The app also shows pertinent information such as whether the nearest restrooms are free, in working condition, and has disabled access. It even works offline, which makes it extremely helpful while travelling.