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This category was compiled to reassure you that nothing is holding you back from conquering the world. These apps make it easier to find accessible routes and locations so traveling will come easier to individuals living with paralysis.

CitiRollers1. CitiRollers - This app, made specifically for wheelchair users, is a guide to navigating cities on wheels. The tool allows users to locate, add and rate accessible points of interest such as restrooms, public transportation, restaurants, cafes, and wheelchair supply & repair shops. Version 1.0 of CitiRoller features location data for Boston, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., along with user-addition functionality for national and international locations. 

Optimized for: iPhone
Price: Free
Link: www.citiroller.com

parking mobility2. Parking Mobility - Thirty-seven percent of people using wheelchairs participating in a Reeve Foundation poll revealed their number one pet peeve was when able-bodied people park in accessible parking spaces. Become a modern day Superman by vanquishing this annoyance for wheelchair users. It works by taking a series of photos of the car without a disability placard including the license plate, front, side and parking spot where the car is located. The information is then submitted to Parking Mobility where they review the data before sending it to the municipality, who then distributes tickets accordingly.

Optimized for: iPhone 3.0 (Currently building versions for Android and BlackBerry)
Price: Free
Link: www.parkingmobility.com

FastMall3. FastMall - This app gives step-by-step directions to wheelchair accessible routes by highlighting the location of elevators as well as bathrooms throughout malls and around shopping districts. This app has the capability to operate offline while providing you with an interactive map around the shopping structure. It also comes complete with peer reviews of stores and restaurants as well as promotions and discounts that are specifically for FastMall users.

Optimized for: iPhone 2.0 and later
Price: Free
Link: www.fastmall.com
Related Products: FastMall is currently working on the same type of app for other locations such as airports, hospitals, theme parks etc.

LocalEats4. LocalEats - Browse for local restaurants with this easy to use app. Simply type in your location and restaurants in the closest proximity will pop up. Click on the restaurant and a list of features will come up which clearly states if it is a wheelchair accessible establishment. Although you can filter a search like this on Yelp.com, the app fails to give user's the same option. LocalEats also offers one click dialing and directions to the restaurant.

Optimized for: iPhone 3.1.3 or later
Price: $0.99
Link: www.wherethelocalseat.com

Shop Savvy5. Shop Savvy - Lets you shop around without traveling around the globe! Simply scan any product's barcode and a list of online and local store prices will pop up. This app will not only save you the trouble from traveling in search of the best price but it will help you save money along the way. You can even give the store a call, get directions and browse their website after searching for the best offer.

Optimized for: iPhone 3.0 or later, Android and coming soon to the BlackBerry Storm
Price: Free
Link: www.biggu.com
Related Products: Bakodo Scanner for iPhone ($1.99)

NYC Subway KICKmap6. NYC Subway KICKmap Lite - Ideal for those that travel along the subway system in New York City. It clearly lists where routes begin and end and what stops they make around the way. With an icon indicating the wheelchair accessible routes, stops and destinations, traveling can be a little less stressful for wheelchair users.

Optimized for: iPod Touch, iPhone 2.2.1 or later
Price: Free
Link: kickmap.com
Related Products: City Transit for iPhone ($2.99)and New York Subway for iPad ($0.99)

Trippo VoiceMagix7. Trippo VoiceMagix - For the traveler in all of us, this app takes the hassle out of thumbing through a phrase book while in a different country. With this app there is a way to connect with people from all over the world in 30 different languages. Simply type what you want to say and what language you would like it to be translated to, then you have the option to either view the translation in text or have it spoken to you. The phrase can then be sent directly through text message or email to sites like Facebook, Twitter and Gmail. Helpful for people of all ages and especially for those who are incapable of using their voice but want to satiate their hunger for traveling.

Optimized for: Android and iPhone
Price: $6.99
Link: www.cellictica.com
Related Products: Trippo Voice Translator Plus for iPhone (Free 30 Day Trial)

Apps for People Using Wheelchairs
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Access-Able Travel SourceHi, we are Bill and Carol Randall and we live in Colorado. We have always liked to travel and like many of you don't get to do it enough. Carol has MS and uses a wheelchair or scooter. This has given us some first hand experience with unpleasant surprises and access problems. That's why we started Access-Able Travel Source. We are an information service! We are not travel agents, just travelers. We think we have come up with a way to help fellow travelers.

Assistive Technology Training Online Project The Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO) provides information on AT applications that help students with disabilities learn in elementary classrooms.

Abledata: ComputersABLEDATA provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. We serve the nation's disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities.

AbilityHub: Assistive Technology SolutionsInformation on adaptive equipment and alternative methods for accessing computers.

Access to RecreationOffers some interesting products that may come in handy during your travels.

A Reeve Foundation Fact Sheet on Assistive Technology - Computers (PDF)

A Reeve Foundation Fact Sheet on Medical Air Transportation (PDF)

A Reeve Foundation Fact Sheet on Medical Air Transportation (PDF)(Spanish)

A Reeve Foundation Fact Sheet on Travel (PDF)

A Reeve Foundation Fact Sheet on New Injury Top 10 Questions (PDF)
New Injury Top 10 Questions (Spanish)

AmtrakAmtrak enjoys a good reputation among travelers with disabilities, offers information on reservations, accessible coaches and sleeping accommodations, boarding, use of oxygen, etc.

Camera MouseThe Camera Mouse uses a standard USB camera to convert head and finger motions into computer mouse pointer movements.

The CyberlinkBrain Actuated Technologies has developed this unique, futuristic system enabling hands-free control of a mouse cursor to power video games and other electronic products. The Cyberlink device, reminicent of a science fiction gadget, utilizes a headband with sensors that detect electrical signals made from subtle facial muscle and eye movements as well as from brain wave activity.

Emerging HorizonsLots of information in this accessible travel magazine covering news, resources and travel tips.

Environmental Traveling CompanionsOffers outdoor adventures.

Dragon SystemsVoice activation at its finest, the Dragon Systems technology is used not only to operate laptops and pda's but can even control multimedia centers, navigation systems, mobile phones and much more.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)Information on laws regarding air travel for persons with disabilities.

laesieworks.com: Computer AccessIt's can be very important for a quadriplegia to have very good access to normal computer & software, even when laying flat in bed. This page is about how I do it. No, that dot is nothing religious! With that dot I control my computer.

Mobility International USAThe National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange has programs to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange programs.

Origin Instruments CorporationThis company manufactures The HeadMouse Extreme which translates head motions into computer mouse pointer movements. They also offer other helpful accessories such as soft and smart type keyboards, a sip and puff switch and a dragger utility for manipulating the left and right buttons of the standard mouse.

Prentke Romich CompanyFor complete computer control, visit this site which offers just about every possible device for accessibility from specialized keyboards to the headmouse.

Quad-JoyThis hands-free system was developed by a quadriplegic who, fueled by his own needs, figured a way to operate his computer using a joystick controlled mouse. The mouse works by sip and puff.

The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH)A clearinghouse for accessible tourism information, dedicated to a barrier-free environment throughout the travel and tourism industry.

ScootAround IncOffers scooter and wheelchair rentals in dozens of North America destinations

Special Needs GroupGlobal provider of special needs equipment rentals including mobility scooters, wheelchairs, powerchairs, oxygen, patient lifts, hospital beds and more. Equipment is delivered to cruises, hotels, convention centers and other requested locations.

The Talking DesktopHands-free computer operation becomes possible with this voice activated software. Through speech recognition, the talking desktop will guide you through virtually any computer function.

TrackerProThe TrackerPro technology allows for cursor control to function through head pointing using a unit which is located on the top of the computer. The unit tracks head movements by the user and then converts the motions into computer mouse operations.

Paralysis Resource Center The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center Information Specialists are reachable business weekdays, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-539-7309 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET. You may also schedule a call or send a message online.

Reeve Foundation Online Paralysis Community Connecting people living with paralysis, families, friends and caregivers so we can share support, experience, knowledge, and hope.

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The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center Information Specialists are reachable business weekdays, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-539-7309 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern U.S. Time. International callers use 973-467-8270. You may also schedule a call or send a message online.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90PR3002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship areencouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.