Apps to help you communicate

There are lots of apps to help you communicate with others no matter what your situation.

Dragon mobile apps 

A range of apps that control your mobile phone by voice. Predictive touch technology anticipates the words you're about to type. 

Available on iTunes App Store and Google Play Store




The TalkForMe app gives people with a range of speech impaired disabilities a tool to allow people to get their voices heard. Images with associated typed text can be spoken by the TalkForMe App. Once a translation has been done the TalkForMe app will "talk for you" even without a Wi-Fi connection!

Available on iTunes App Store



Tactus Language Therapy

The Language Therapy app can help people who are recovering from a stroke, aphasia, or brain injury. It targets all four language modalities - reading, writing, speaking, and listening and encourages a well-rounded speech-language therapy approach.

Available on iTunes App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Apps



Talking Mats

Talking Mats enables users to have better conversations with people with communication difficulties. It provides a visual framework to help people express their views using a selection of communication symbols that cover a variety of topics. Talking Mats is used by clinical practitioners, social workers, education staff, advocates, carers and support workers in a wide range of health, social care, residential and education settings.

Available on iTunes App Store and Google Play Store




ChatAble lets users create, share and use pages using a combination of grids, visual scenes and hybrids; all linked together for easy use. Users can add an emoticon to add laughter, surprise or anger! 

Available on iTunes App Store 





Predictable allows users with speech disabilities to type a message using the intelligent word prediction. Users have the choice of using nuance voices, recording their own voice or using a model talker voice. 

Available on iTunes App Store and Google Play Store




Grid Player

Grid Player is the augmentative and alternative communication app from Sensory Software, for those who cannot speak or who have unclear speech to communicate. Sentences that you create are spoken out loud.

Available on iTunes App Store 



Seniors Phone

Seniors Phone is an all-in-one replacement for your smartphone's original interface. A superb visual replacement with large, clear buttons and a great help feature.

Available on Google Play Store




Skype is provides video chat and voice calls on from computers, tablets and mobile devices to other devices, telephones or smartphones. It allows you to make free calls anywhere in the world.

Available on iTunes App Store and Google Play Store




Voice Reading

This app reads text aloud from the Internet, emails, messages and even text files. Choose from a variety of language and accent settings to better understand the app's "voice".  Seniors that have trouble viewing small text on phone screens or want to check messages whilst driving will find the Voice Reading app particularly helpful. This app is free.

Available on Google Play Store





This app, developed by a team from the University of Rochester, is targeted at partially sighted users. It allows users to take a picture with their phone, speak a question and receive multiple spoken answers. Find out more about the app on the University of Rochester site.

Available on iTunes App Store




Magnifying Glass With Light

As we age and and our eyesight decreases, it becomes more difficult to see in general and to read small print. With this app seniors can illuminate and magnify books, magazines, newspapers, restaurant menus and more from Apple products. This app is free.

Available on iTunes App Store





Connect this app with all of your social media accounts and connect it with some of the best news and content sites that interest you. Then watch it turn everything into a digital magazine in which you "flip" the pages and see everything set-up like a magazine, including Facebook posts and tweets. This app is free.

Available on Google Play Store





JABTalk is a free speech communication application designed to help non-verbal children and adults communicate. Speech therapists commonly refer to JABTalk as an easy and effective augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device.

Available on Google Playstore




AAC Speech Communicator

AAC Speech Communicator is an easy to learn communication method for anyone with speech disabilities. The app forms gramatically correct sentences from a list of pictograms that are clicked and reads them (text-to-speech).

Available on Google Play Store





BeWarned offers you four must have features in one application that is going to make a difference in the way the hearing society communicates with the deaf and hard of hearing.

Sound Monitor detects sounds of potential danger in real time. The sounds detectable include screaming, car honking, dog barking and alarms. In case a dangerous situation occurs the app informs a user about it with the help of flashing lights and vibration signals.

Connect helps improve communication of deaf and hard of hearing people with the hearing society they live in. Its operating principle is simple: it converts text into speech or speech into text.

Dance enables the deaf and hard of hearing enjoy their favourite tracks that are converted into vibration signals or flashing lights and feel the rhytm of the track with the help of a visual equaliser displayed on the screen of the user's smartphone.

Emergency Call is helpful in case a user needs to inform friends about an emergency situation they are in.  For the moment Emergency Call is only available in the United States of America.  It will soon be available in other countries.

Available on Google Play Store





Grammerly will make sure your messages, documents and social media posts are clear, mistake free and impactful. Adding Grammerly means that tour spelling and grammar will be vetted on GMail, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in, Tumblr and nearly everwhere else you write on the web. Once you register your new account you will start to receive weekly emails with personalised insights and performance stats (one of the most popular new features).  Working on a large project, an essay or a blog post? No sweat. You can create and store all of your documents in your new online editor. Grammerly detects correctly spelled words used in the wrong context. You can stop worrying about misusing homophones like lose/loose, affect/effect, lie/lay, there/their/they're and many other commonly confused words. Grammerly can fix hundreds of complex grammatical errors including subject-verb agreement, article use and modifier placement to name just a few. Grammerly is trusted by students, writers, business professionals, bloggers and plenty of people who just want to write better. Grammerley adapts to your needs and writing style giving you the confidence of mistake-free communication every time you write. This app is free.

Available on iTunes App Store and Google Play Store






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