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Navigate through a crazy mall, figure out train schedules, or satisfy that growling stomach by finding a nearby restaurant. These apps are helpful when you're on-the-go.

TripAdvisor1. TripAdvisor
This app is great for frequent travelers on-the-go. Search for attractions, restaurants, and hotels near your destination by tapping letters on the virtual keyboard. After typing in a city, all you have to do is tap on a category of the dropdown menu, such as hotels, and continue your search by tapping and scrolling with your finger.

Optimized for: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (iOS 3.0 or later), Android, Nokia, Windows Phone, Palm
Price: Free
Link: www.tripadvisor.com
Related Products: Google Places for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (free)

parking mobility2. Parking Mobility
We love our motto "Don't take the blue unless it's for you!" By downloading this free app, you can use your device to take pictures of illegally parked cars. Pictures are then sent to the city's parking services, allowing the appropriate fines to be issued.

Optimized for: iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
Price: Free
Link: www.parkingmobility.com
Related Products: Handicapped Fraud Report Parking Abuse for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (free)

GrubHub Food Delivery3. GrubHub Food Delivery
This app lists over 15,000 dining locations (available for delivery or pickup) within 19 cities of the United States. Searches can be done by city, restaurant, cuisine, or menu item. Once you find a restaurant whose food will fulfill your hunger, your order is placed through the app online.

Review: This app can only be used if you are in one of the 19 cities featured in it.
Optimized for: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (iOS 3.1.3 or later)
Price: Free
Link: www.grubhub.com

MetrO4. MetrO
Whether you like to travel the world or travel throughout your home city, the MetrO app will make it easy to find the most convenient public transportation near you. The forms of transportation tracked through this app include buses, subways, railways, and trams, all of which vary by city.

Review: Easy to use and good to have for traveling in well-known cities.
Optimized for: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (iOS 2.0 or later), Blackberry, Palm, PocketPC,
Price: Free
Link: metro.nanika.net

Find Parking5. Find Parking
Whenever you are driving, especially in an unfamiliar city (or country for that matter) it might be a struggle to find convenient (and legal) parking areas. By using the Find Parking app, you can search for car parks near your location and the GPS will direct you there.

Review: Does not show handicapped parking.
Optimized for: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (iOS 4.0 or later)
Price: $1.99
Link: www.ondemandworld.com

Around Me6. Around Me
Being in an unfamiliar neighborhood is frustrating when you don’t know what’s around you. Around Me can track your location and then provide you with a list of local restaurants. Choose from 13 other categories including: Movie Theaters, Pharmacies, Supermarkets, ATMs, and much more. The app also provides you with the address along with directions to get to that location.

Optimized for: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (iOS 4.2 or higher)
Price: Free
Link: www.tweakersoft.com

FastMall7. FastMall
Malls are chaotic, but FastMall navigates you through shopping malls, finding and leading you to destinations such as bathrooms, elevators, and stores of choice. The app also provides a map of the mall and clearly shows the names of the stores. No internet connection is necessary to take advantage of this useful app. There is also a feature to remember your parking spot.

Optimized for: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (iOS 3.1.3 or later), Android
Price: Free
Link: www.fastmall.com

- Apps for Individuals Living with Paralysis
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- Assistive Technology
- For Kids
- Games & Entertainment
- Health & Fitness
- Medical
- Productivity
- Travel

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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.

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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.

Quality of Life Grants DatabaseFind resources within the PRC Quality of Life Grants Database. Search by Zip Code, State or an Entire Category.

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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 90PR3001, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.