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Apps & Disability: Call for Action to Learn How Tech Improves the Lives of PWDs

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Being someone who enjoys the fact that technology makes my life, both the professional and personal aspects, easier, I thought I would ask my followers:  what apps/technology could you not live without as a disabled person?  

On the RYV! Blog, I have covered many technologies that assist with mental health conditions, along with accessibility resources mentioned within the “Tools You Can Use” series, and have reblogged countless apps on the RYV! Tumblr page.  There are so many amazing apps that are created to assist and improve our quality of life, and be reinforcements to our health and self-care proactiveness.  

I thought I would take a moment to ask my followers about how apps impact their lives with the hopes of compiling a modest reference list for a future blog post.  

Why Apps & Technology Matters to Disabled People So Much

Apps can provide a variety of needs and functions that has the potential to improve our lives.  For example, there are apps that assists with medication tracking; pain management and symptoms indicators; fitness progress like exercise routines and water intake; health-specific apps (like period trackers); mental health apps (those that allow you to track your moods & thoughts to share with your therapists); self-care apps (that can be used as boredom busters or allows for a creative outlet like coloring, etc.); and a host of other needs that are vital to sustaining and enhancing our quality of life and health, which includes physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  Technology has been an incredibly adaptive tool for disabled people, and the opportunities for that adaptation and accessibility continues with each new tool created on our computer, mobile, and tablet devices.  

App Recommendation Guidelines

For each app recommendation, please provide the following information:

  • Name of the app
  • Purpose of app (what does it do, and its functions)
  • Where to download (iOS, Android, etc.); also provide the app’s link so it can be hyperlinked within the text
  • Price
  • App review/testimonial:  How it has helped you, and why it may be a resource for those in the disabled community to possibly utilize.  (This should be no longer than a paragraph.)

App recommendations will be compiled into a listing, organized by category theme (e.g., fitness, mood tracking, self-care, health, etc.) in a future blog post.  I am hoping this will be a great reference tool for those of us who would benefit greatly from utilizing them.  

You can email your recommendations to Vilissa@rampyourvoice.com.

I am eager to learn what apps are your go-tos – as always, Ramp Your Voice!  🙂  

(Featured headlining image:  Courtesy of ShutterStock.)

 

About Vilissa Thompson, LMSW

Vilissa is the Founder & CEO of Ramp Your Voice!, an organization she created to establish herself as a Disability Rights Consultant & Advocate. Ramp Your Voice! is a prime example of how macro-minded Vilissa truly is, and her determination to leave a giant "tire track mark" on the world.

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