Video Relay Service (VRS)

Z4 Mobile App (free)– Allows you to make and receive point-to-point calls to and from any videophone.

Sorenson Video Center (free)– Lets you view SignMail video messages and all other videos that are available on the Sorenson videophone right on your iPhone or iPod touch.

Convo Mobile (free)– Video chat naturally in the kitchen, out in the backyard, or when doing your food shopping. It’s video chat wherever you are comfortable! Call any videophone, one-click call, 3G, 4G, or WiFi, first mobile VRS app to have a hot button (e.g. to dial 911).

Speech Recognition

IP-Relay (free)– IP-Relay enables people who are deaf or hard of hearing to use an iPhone or iPod Touch to quickly and easily call people who are hearing. You type your message and a certified IP-Relay operator receives it and voices everything you type to the hearing person. When the hearing person responds, the operator types their words. You watch the entire conversation live.

Fring (free)– Group Video Chat, Voice Calls & Text Chat.

Speak It (free)– Talking device – write text and click on Play button, TTS engine will generate voice from text.

Wireless CapTel® by Sprint® (free)– Using state of the art voice recognition technology, CapTel delivers captions of everything your caller says, while you listen (with your residual hearing) and speak directly to your caller.

Hamilton Mobile CapTel (free)– Makes it possible for you to see exactly what is being said to you on every call. Similar to captions on television, you’ll be able to listen to what you can, and you’ll be able to read what you can’t hear.


Dragon Dictation (free)– Voice recognition application that allows you to speak and instantly see your text.

TalkBox Voice Messenger (free)– Send messages with your voice and now with text input support! Instant voice messaging, text messaging, photo sharing and location sharing with your friends. Post voice to Facebook, Twitter and make broadcast to all your friends. Address Book and Facebook contact integration.

Google Voice (free)– Make cheap international calls with your Google number. Send free text messages. Place calls and send text messages showing your Google number. Listen to voicemail and read transcripts of your voicemail.

PurpleMail (free)– Watch, manage, and share your signed PurpleMail™ video messages directly on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad device – anywhere, anytime. PurpleMail is a video-based message system for deaf and hard of hearing customers. Whether logged in at your home or office to Purple VRS, or on the road with your iPhone, iPod, or iPad device, you can always access your PurpleMail video messages.

Fring (free)- Group Video Chat, Voice Calls & Text Chat.

eBuddy Messenger (free)– Chat on multiple MSN, Facebook, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ, GTalk, MySpace & Hyves accounts.


ASL Dictionary ($2.99)– Over 4,800 American Sign Language Signs in Video. Translate English into ASL, from A-Z, plus the entire numerical system, common English phrases, symbols and much more.

Sign Language! (free)– Features a deaf instructor on video who will teach you the alphabet, numbers, and colors in sign language.

Sign Language: Fun Learning for Kids! ($4.99)– Lively and engaging video app, experienced sign-language instructor leads children through a range of signs, including proper American Sign Language for letters, numbers, animals, family members, transportation modes, nature scenes and salutations.

Iconverse ($9.99)– Augmentative alternative communication app. Comes with 6 built in communication tiles that represent a person’s most basic needs. When touched, the icon gives both auditory and visual representation of the need or want. Your own voice can be recorded.

Look2Learn-AAC ($14.99)– Allows individuals to communicate using photographs to express wants and needs. The easy to use system integrates preloaded vocal output so that individuals can use their “voice”. Users are able to record their own personalized audio and pair it with photos.

iSpeech for iPad ($3.99)– Wrapped up in a fun and attractive user interface, sounds are organized by the ages at which they should have developed, giving you benchmarks for where your child should be developmentally. Any problem sounds can then be selected to display the teaching information for that sound.

Pocket Artic ($9.99)– A multisensory approach to articulation drills. Has over 3,000 flashcards that target words, phrases, and sentences at multiple levels.

Smart Oral Motor ($9.99)– Application for children who need to practice their oral motor skills. Includes 15 oral motor exercises, auditory information and fun animations.

SLP Goal Bank for iPad ($14.99)– Designed to serve as a starting point to speech and language pathologists when creating goals for children and adults with speech and language delay.

Smarty Speech ($9.99)– Application for children with articulation difficulties. Has over 936 words with images. Speech Therapy to Go (free)- A handy pocket guide to pronunciation of common English language consonants for patient and therapists alike. Just touch the letter for pronunciation.

Sunny Articulation Test ($24.99)– Individually administered clinical tool for screening, identification, diagnosis and follow-up evaluation of articulation skills in English speaking individuals.


ABC Shakedown (free)– Alphabet with pictures, will say the letter and the sound of the letter.

iSpy Phonics ($1.99)– This app allows children to match phonic sounds with letters, through illustrations, pictures, and accurate pronunciation while playing the game of iSpy.

PhonicsDojo ($1.99)– A game for teaching students phonics, sound letter relationships, and phonemic awareness. Phonics with Fred the Little Ted (free)- Learn initial sounds with this app.

Phonics Made Easy Flash Action for iPad ($4.99)– This app will help sharpen important phonics skills. Children will explore beginning and ending letter sounds, distinguish between long and short vowel sounds, pinpoint the rhyming families, work with letter blends, and more.


SL Word Match for iPad($2.99)– Tests your knowledge of five basic and five more advanced ASL handshapes. The challenge is to match an English word with the handshape used when producing the signed equivalent in ASL.

Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy ($0.99)– By iStoryTime; a children’s book illustrated and narrated, and also has an interpreter signing the story.

Adapted Book- 5 Pumpkins ($0.99)– An interactive book using a sign language interpreter to tell and model the story of the 5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate.

Speech with Milo ($2.99)– App developed by a speech pathologist to help develop sequencing skills. Simple 3 step sequencing stories, in which the children place in order, then play a clip reading showing the phrase.

Speech Hangman ($2.99)– An animated and educational variation of Hangman with a speech twist for school-aged children with speech difficulties or typically-developing children for practice in saying their sounds.

Speech Squares ($2.99)– Talking Tails bring to you an animated and educational strategy game for articulation practice. The game is geared toward school-aged children with speech difficulties or typically-developing children for practice in saying their sounds.

Tiga Talk Speech Therapy Games ($4.99)– A fun way for children to develop speech sounds through playful voice-controlled games that can improve speech clarity, articulation, and instill confidence.

SignShine (free)– Best baby sign language videos of your favorite children songs all in one app.


Cochlear Baha Support (free)– This application is designed to help you with the daily handling and care of your Cochlear Baha 3 Sound Processor (BP100). It includes general information, cleaning instructions, battery information, a troubleshooting guide and more.

Axio ST by Starkey (free)– Learn about hearing loss and hearing loss solutions, including our Axio ST featuring SpeechTrax, the newest noise reduction and speech preservation system.

Captionfish (free)– Captioned movie search engine that gives information about open captioned, Rear Window captioned, foreign/subtitled, and descriptively narrated movies in the US.

Captionfish Trailers (free)– shows trailers of movies with captioning.

Decibel Ultra (free)– Measures the volume and helps you figure out how big the noise level compared to same values. Measures the sound pressure level with built-in microphone.

iCommunicate ($49.99)– Over 10,000 SymbolStix images for making flashcards, storyboards, routines, and visual schedules. Record custom audio in any language. Converts any word with Text to Speech that do not have custom audio recorded.

iPrompts XL ($49.99)– Includes picture schedules, visual countdown timer, choice prompts, and starter image library.

TED (free)– Over 900 inspirational videos from speakers such as Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jamie Oliver and Brian Cox with subtitles in over 80 languages with auto-translation.

NPR News (free)– Follow local and national news. Listen to stories in any order, read stories while listening to live stations or on demand audio, download stories for offline reading.

iTunes (varies)– Buy closed captioned TV episodes from your favorite shows.

Subtitles (free)– Allows easy access to a huge library of movie subtitles in 20 languages. You’ll be able to access the subtitles of the very latest cinema releases, as well as those for older movies.

TWC TV (free)– Allows you to watch live streaming cable on your iPad and iPhone. For the shows that have closed captioning, you can set the closed captioning to display by setting it up in the menu.

Netflix App (free)– Netflix has a list of TV shows and movies that are available with subtitles.

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