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Tzvi Schectman
BY Tzvi Schectman

10 Websites to Find Special Needs Apps for the iPad & iPhone

This post is part Five of the Special Needs iPad & App Series.

In only one year the Apple iPad has revolutionized the tech industry. 15 Million iPads have been sold and estimates are that within the next 3 years over 115 million tablets will be shipped. Dozens if not hundreds of applications have been created that enhance the quality of life for individuals with all types of disabilities. This has lead Apple to create a special education section in the App Store.

To try and make sense of all of this we have put together a nine part series on the iPad and useful applications. In part four we discussed 11 Social Skills & Life Skills Apps in iPad App Store

This week we bring you:

10 Websites to Find Special Needs Apps for the iPad & iPhone Special Needs AppsAbout.Com – Apps for Children With Special Needs highlights new apps that are designed specifically to make life easier for people with special needs, by making communication or behavior management or health management easier. Check out their special needs apps section. also gives you a place to review the apps that you have tried.
Go to: Apps for Children With Special Needs

Moms With Apps

Moms With Apps
Moms With Apps is a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families. Moms with Apps is a group of individual, independent, family-friendly developers who share best practices on making and marketing mobile apps. Most of our membership is comprised of parents who have launched their own apps on the App Store, have their own access to iTunes Connect, and have the time and inclination to share best practices with other developers at the founder’s level.
Go To: Moms With Apps

Special Needs Apps for KidsApps 4 Children With Special Needs
SNApps4Kids is a volunteer community of parents, therapists, doctors, and teachers who share information on how we are using the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices with children who have special needs.
It is their hope that this system will assist users choose useful apps for their children.
Go to: SNApps4Kids

Appolicious Special Education AppsAppolicious
Appolicious is the place to discover and share the latest and best iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android apps through social recommendations as well as reviews from users and the Appolicious editorial team. Check out their deep special education section for the latest assistive communication apps reviews.
Go To: Appolicious Special Education Section

Speech Language Pathology SharingSpeech Language Pathology Sharing
Check out their app resources section for information about special needs apps, cases and accessories for individuals with special needs, articles about apps, app tutorials and more. SLP also has a ton of links to special needs technology communities as well as manuals and other special needs technology content.
Go To: App Resources -Speech Language Pathology Sharing

lillie's padLilie’s Pad
The mission of this site is to be an up-to-date resource for everything special needs related to the iPad and the iPhone. Whether it be apps, videos, music, news stories, accessories, links, helpful hints, etc. It’s goal is to have this site be a trusted resource for the special needs community.
Go To: Lilie’s Pad

Babies with iPadsBabies with iPads
This blog is designed to document infants/toddlers with disabilities using an iPad to promote their development. This blog hopes to show how new technology can help children with disabilities develop their communication, play, pre-literacy, cognitive, visual/auditory and motor skills.
Go To: Babies with iPads

Atla’s Assistive Technology BlogAtla’s Assistive Technology Blog
Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA) connects Alaskans with disabilities to the tools they need to learn, work, play, and participate in community life safely and independently.
They also have a great Assistive Technology blog highlighting some great new apps.
Go To: Atla’s Assistive Technology Blog


Eric Sailers App List

An app list by Eric Sailers
Eric is a speech-language pathologist for a school district in San Diego, CA. Combining his love of technology and helping children with communication deficits Eric uses modern technologies to facilitate learning of speech-language skills. Here is a list that Eric created of useful  special needs apps.
Go To: The App List


5 Minutes For Special Needs5 Minutes for Special Needs
Five minutes for special needs has an article written by Laura Shumaker about selecting the best apps for the iPad. Check out what she says about the finding the right apps and take a look at the rest of  the site.
Go To:

Did we miss any? Please add them in the comments below.

The Rest of the Series:

  1. The Special Needs iPad & App Series: Welcome
  2. 7 Assistive communication (AAC) apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
  3. 7 Scheduling and Behavioral Apps to help with transitions and more
  4. 11 Social Skills & Life Skills Apps in iPad App Store
  5. 10 Websites to Find Special Needs Apps for the iPad & iPhone
  6. 7 Special Needs Apps in the Google Android Market
  7. On a tight budget? 7 ways to get an ipad for your child with special needs
  8. 6 steps to get the iPad into your child’s special education classroom
  9. 4 Special Needs iPad/iPhone Apps for the Future

More Special Needs Apps

Looking for more special needs apps? Check out the Special Needs App Review!

With over a thousand apps now available to help individuals with special needs it has become increasingly difficult to find and choose the right special needs app. The Friendship Circle App Review gives you the ability to find the perfect special needs app for your child.

Special Needs App Review

Tzvi Schectman

Written on March 2, 2011 by:

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+
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  • Hi,
    I’ve compiled lists for iPad/iPhone ( and Android (
    Both lists are devoted to people with autism, but in fact many of them are apps for people with any special needs.

  • Tzvi, thank you so much for including us on this list!

  • I have an extensive list of apps and several tutorials on how to use the built-in accessibility features of the iPad on a wiki at:

  • I maintain a list of apps for people with autism, in collaboration with Jordan Sadler, an SLP who uses iPads & iDevices with the kids in her practice, and Corina Becker, an adult with autism. We’ll be updating with several new apps this week:

  • Hi Tzvi,
    Thank you for your very informative blog posts and for your list of websites and resources. We also review apps and publish a series called “There’s A Special App for That” from a pedagogical perspective.
    Cheers, Andrea from inov8

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    We just bought an Ipad 2 for our 10 year old son.  He has autism and is non-verbal– we have high hopes for this device.  He is also somewhat rough on his things–not destructive, but more inattentive or cause-effect.  This was a big purchase for us, and we need a case that is as protective as possible, but without detracting from performance.  Any recommendations?  Thanks

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  • I have extensive information on Apps and other resources relevant to integrating technology of all kinds into the enrichment program of children with special needs.  Great info for professionals and parents alike from the perspective of a speech-language pathologist and AT/AAC specialist (me:).  Check my blog out:
    S.N>E.A.K. Outside the Box (Special Needs Enrichment Apps for Kids)
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful information too!

  • Spedapps2 is a wiki that is about APPLICATIONS of apps for people with special needs.  Reviews describe ways to use apps, including strategies not in the original app plans!  Apps are reviewed relative to their use with individuals who have special needs, and apps may not be reviewed until they have been used with that population.  Reviewers are primarily teachers and therapists with decades of experience.

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  • Hi! I’m Ty!
    Great series! You rocked it! Really! This is a lot like my “Appucation Month” series on my blog I started early last year…”Appucation Month 2012″ is gonna be awesome! You should come check it out!

  • Amy Bennett

    Speech therapist in need of app suggestions for k-12.

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    Time This! is a one-of-a-kind, visual/timer schedule app with voice output – which too, has been received stellar reviews.

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