I’ve done a lot of research on the affects of tablet commuting on disability in general and AAC in particular. Today I wanted to do something a little bit more accessible. For most people tablet computing means the iPad and so I wanted to find out what the most popular iPad apps for disability are.
So today we are going to examine the list of the top 20 highest grossing disability focused iPad apps.
Unlike some of my previous rankings – this Top 20 disability iPad apps by sales ranking based on quite messy data- it’s no so bad within a single category (like education) but having to stitch in the medical apps as well was pretty brutal. As always with these lists, consider them first draft until I’ve gone though two or three, and in this case it was enough of a pain that I don’t intend to repeat it for a while. More to the point, Apple is notoriously cagey about keeping the data close to it’s chest, and so we’re having to use a proxy. You can do much better analysis on Google’s App Store (as these guys have done with medical apps), but I think it’s worth having a stab at Apple anyway.You should also know that this is UK sales only, and that it’s iPad apps not iPhone apps – I talk a little bit about how much that influences the data below.
For those interested in the methodology, I put this together using the tables at www.appannie.com and a lot of hard work. Unhelpfully this wasn’t automatable at any level (at this point, future iterations will change that) and until it is I can’t give you much more of a description than “I went down a list of 1200 apps and picked out any that involved disability”, it’s fairly likely that I’ve missed some so feel free to shout out in the comments and I’ll go back and check. You should take the results fairly carefuly, I’m not convinced either by App Annie’s data collection, or by their accuracy. I think the list gives a good overview but I wouldn’t buy stock on the basis of it. This data was taken on valentine’s day, so it’s already a little old.
One of the interesting things is that AAC apps absolutely dominate this list. I think this is partly because I arranged the list by ‘highest grossing’ and AAC apps happen to be much more expensive in general, but I think it’s got a lot to do with how natural the format is for AAC users (also this is iPad rather than iPhone based, which is again a bit more in favour of AAC, rather than say visual impairment). However, just that doesn’t mean it’s a fair reflection of AAC app popularity. For example, Grid Player – Sensory Software International is regularly *very* high up the download chart for medical devices, but because it is free it doesn’t appear on this list.
Okay, onto the results, the ‘E’ or ‘M’ in the app store rank mean that the rank is from the education, or medical sections of the app store. I’ve had to some some fairly annoying work to get to the point where I can estimate the differences in sales, but I’m hampered by the noise in the data. This happen is my best guess.
|Rank||App||App Store Rank|
|1||Proloquo2Go – AssistiveWare||27E|
|2||Pictello – AssistiveWare||87E|
|3||Language TherAppy – Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd.||11M|
|4||MyChoicePad – Insane Logic Ltd.||148E|
|5||MyChoicePad Pro – Insane Logic Ltd.||149E|
|6||Verbally – Intuary||29M|
|7||Apraxia RainbowBee – Virtual Speech Center Inc.||169E|
|8||Symbol-Sentences – Widgit||184E|
|9||VisionAssist – Slinkyware||54M|
|10||Makaton Signing for Babies – DDL Ltd||202E|
|11||Predictable – Therapy Box Limited||213E|
|12||Speech Therapy for Apraxia – Words – Blue Whale||78M|
|13||Cause and Effect Sensory Light Box – Cognable||246E|
|14||Dyslexia Quest – Nessy Learning Limited||252E|
|15||SpeechStickers – Serious Tree LLC||282E|
|16||Dysphagia – Northern Speech Services, Inc||95M|
|17||TouchChat HD – AAC – Silver Kite||319E|
|18||Autism Parenting Magazine||358E|
|19||PECS Phase III – Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc||384E|
|20||Vision Toolbox – Thomson Software Solutions||143M|
Something you should know: I’m a member of Apple’s Affliate Program, which means that if you click on one of the apps on this list, and then decide to buy it using your computer, then I’ll earn a small commission (a couple of pounds, no more). It doesn’t make it any more expensive for you, but it does go some way to bringing down my server costs. Most websites that link to products work this way, but I thought I should mention it anyway.
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