What’s App?

Every now and then I do a  brief “Disability App Scan” to see what’s out there.

The following 5 at first glance, seem to be quite interesting, however with all types of technology,  a bit of research is required.

You will notice I have included some Youtube clips to help you get a better understanding about these apps offer.

Hoping they are of interest to you? Let me know.

Be My Eyes

Be the eyes for a blind person in need of help remotely through a live video connection if you are sighted or be assisted by the network of sighted users if you are blind.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/be-my-eyes-helping-blind-see/id905177575?mt=8

https://youtu.be/Y7bxlR-MxxM

The National Relay Service

The app gives NRS users mobile access to a range of NRS services.

The app is a world-first in combining a range of relay calls and support functions in a single app for smartphones and tablets.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/nrs-app/id935552036?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.communications.nrsapp&hl=en

https://youtu.be/aTzOtdFGMVM

Avaz Australia – AAC App for Autism (Augmentative Picture Communication Software for Children with Special Needs)

Avaz is a full-featured, award-winning, research-based AAC app, that facilitates communication in children with autism spectrum disorders, Down sydrome, Angelmans syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other speech disabilities. Avaz is designed to make speech therapy more effective, develop the child’s language and improve his/her intent to communicate.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/avaz-australia-aac-app-for/id658814291?mt=8

Stepping Stones – Daily Routines

This simple app allows users to create visual guides – or ‘paths’ – using their own photos, so as to make sense of daily routines and schedules or stories. These visual supports help to increase the independence and flexibility that people with developmental disabilities can experience in their lives, as well as teaching essential life skills and assisting with sequential processing.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stepping-stones-daily-routines/id673876719?mt=8

myAssessor

The myAssessor app enables My Aged Care assessors to undertake assessments where they do not have access to the internet. The app allows functionality from the My Aged Care assessor portal to be available on the mobile device, allowing the assessor to capture important client details, perform an assessment using an electronic version of the National Screening and Assessment Form (NSAF) and create a preliminary Support Plan.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/myassessor/id1001018890?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.dss.acg.myassessor

Samsung-DOWELL-App

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“Choice & Control”, not just a NDIS slogan

The movie “Me before You” I enjoyed it.

At the end of the day it was a humorous love story where a guy who had quadriplegia and his carer fell in love.

It made me laugh and cry, that’s why I go to the movies.

Being born with a disability, I would often look at others who had acquired their’s & think to myself, they need to toughen up & stop being so bitter towards themselves and others.

I remember telling “Superman” (Christopher Reeves) how disappointed I was with him after his presentation at the Fox Studios in Sydney when he told everybody

“He would rather be dead than remain in a wheelchair on a ventilator”

“Me before You” is being criticised big time on Facebook as a “Pity Party” sending out negative perceptions of people with disabilities.

In reality, everybody handles their own disability in their own way.

There are the elite go-getters and at the other end you have those who struggle every day.

We need more “Disruptive” movies like “Me before You” that challenges peoples’ perception about disability.

I support “Choice and Control” when it comes living or not with your disability.

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On My 2012 Radar

Whilst up with the birds & walking the dogs before the heat set in this morning, I was thinking about themes and topics that I might cover this year.

This is my hit list so far

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme, as it is being built
  • Innovative ways to make peoples disability support funding stretch further
  • Using Human Rights as a tool to get your message out there
  • Accommodation Institution, are they quietly, slowly being redeveloped under a different name “Cluster Housing”
  • Mobile phone applications for people with Autism and Aspergers
  • Reviewing service providers that really get it when we talk about, “Individualised Choice”
  • How we work with people who have behaviors of concern?
  • The value of “Peer Support” from people with disabilities
  • Relinquishment of children with disabilities
  • The pros and cons of directly employing your support workers
  • Facilitated Communication
  • Fashionable clothing specifically designed for people who only sit
  • Will direct employment of carers extinguish a volunteer passion?

Thanks all of you who continually take the time to give me feedback, I guess this is what keeps me going.

Also would like to again acknowledge Simon Kneebone and his support with the illustrations.

You are great Simon, thank you