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Special Needs Travel: The Most Helpful Apps

Traveling, especially with a member of the family who has special needs, can be an overwhelming experience. Luckily, in today’s world, there are a number of gadgets, gizmos and smart phone apps that can help alleviate some of this stress. If you’re planning a trip with a friend or member of the family who has special needs, we’ve compiled a list of the most helpful apps to make your trip a little smoother.


CitiRollers & Wheelmap: Specifically developed for wheelchair users, these useful apps provide information for navigating cities/towns on wheels. CitiRollers, developed in conjunction with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, provides locations of wheelchair-accessible restrooms, restaurants, trains/subways, and wheelchair repair and supply shops. For iPhone. Price: Free.
Wheelmap utilizes a Wikipedia-style, user-generated “tagging” process to map out wheelchair-accessible locations. Available in English, German and Japanese. For iPhone, Android, and available on the web. Price: Free.
iSign: This useful app provides an animated phrase book of over 800 ASL gestures. Available for iPhone. “Lite” version is available for free. Price: $4.99.
Trippo VoiceMagix: Helpful for any traveler, and particularly for those who cannot use their voices, this app provides a virtual phrase book with over 30 different languages. Type what you want to say and input the language you would like for translation. For Android & iPhone. Price: $4.99
Pillbox Alert: Because who wants to worry about remembering medications while on vacation? Keep track of your pills, dosage, and set reminders throughout the day with this app. For Android. Price: $1.99.
The Americans with Disabilities Act Reference: A helpful app that easily outlines stipulations of The Americans with Disabilities Act. For Android & iPhone. $0.99.
smart-ICE: This “In Case of Emergency” app gives EMS personnel instant access to medical records, emergency contact info, current medications, allergies, etc. For Android, iPhone & Blackberry. Price: $0.99.
Trip-it: When traveling with those with special needs, the last thing you want to worry about is keeping track of a file cabinet’s worth of documents. De-clutter and cut down the “things to keep track of” list. For Android, iPhone & Blackberry. Price: Free.
Know of a useful app or other gadget that we haven’t mentioned here? Feel free to tell us about it in our “comments” section, or post on our Facebook page at Happy and safe travels!
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
January 25, 2012
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