Do you know 10 percent of the total world’s population has the problem of cognitive disabilities?

It’s not easy for people with cognitive disabilities to live in this highly advanced world, as they still needed assistance from others with aspects of daily living. Here, mobile applications play an important role in guiding them and make their brain more productive.

With over 3, 00,000 mobile apps flooded in app store, it easy to choose appropriate application that helps the most. Moreover, spending a small amount towards application is worth as it is helpful for people with cognitive disabilities. Such types of applications are available for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices.

We have seen some of the applications have proven to be helpful while some applications offend with lacks of features. Applications for cognitive disable people needed to be more advanced and should be helpful with their daily activities.

Here, we are going to list out challenges of mobile app along with recommendations and suggestions of app design patterns that become easy to access by the widest range of people.

Challenges of Mobile Apps for Users with Cognitive Disabilities

Here, we are going to list out challenges of mobile app along with recommendations and suggestions of app design patterns that become easy to access by the widest range of people.

1) Smaller Screen Size

People use their fingers to click links and buttons on the screen and small screen size significantly minimize the accuracy of clicks. Even, sometimes they accidentally touch the wrong element.In practice, links and buttons should be large enough so cognitive person can reliably view and touch with a finger.


Moreover, having smaller screen doesn’t allow adding descriptive labels or available options and thus, they are hidden and users can’t find it easily.

2) Mobile Apps Loaded with Advertisements


Mobile app integrated with advertisement can be confusing as it diverts users’ mind from the main content. Smaller screen is the biggest challenges for mobile advertisement and if we are adding advertisement in it, it becomes more challenging for people with Cognitive Disabilities.

3) Flat Design Paradigm is Not Interactive

If you are designing accessible and usable mobile application for cognitive disabilities, you should present some interesting challenges – developing app for Persons with learning disabilities must have trouble processing language and numbers, etc.


Moreover, don’t create multiple windows, or cluttered displays to create problem in accessing. It creates more disappointment in the users’ mind.

Mobile App Considerations

1) Cogitate Caption for Audio and Video

Some developers find challenge to add online video and audio formats to deliver remarkable experience. But, it is one of the best ways to helps people with disabilities. Even, many of the developers are looking forward to add captions to audio and video features for those people, who are deaf or finding problem in hearing.

2) More Text for Better Understanding

Often, images are a fulcrum of digital design however it can be problematic for users with disabilities. This thing is true for such people,who rely ontext-to-speech technologies, might have problems like low-visions, blindness, etc. or having habit of interacting with technology using voice commands such a quadriplegic person.

Additionally, images have subjective content and not readable by screen readers.

3) Use Assistive Technology to Test Your Apps

People, who have problem of hearing, looking and physical impairments, are depending on technological aid to explore web, read mail and doing other digital tasks. Such technology things include screen magnification, screen readers, high-contrast settings, refreshable Braille displays, etc. Thus, whenever, you are testing your application, ensure to use these tools to make application highly usable.

4) Suitable Row and Column Headers for Tables is Must

An accessible data table is recognized with its row and/or column headers. Talking about markup, the

tag is used for table data cells while

tag for table header cells. Such things enable to manage data properly that connected with the correct headers.

Those people, who are using a screen reader, can understand the data’s meaning, which is indicative of HTML. However, other programming languages have different accessibility that developed into their interfaces.

5) Add Explicit Labeling For All Form Fields & User Inputs

Previously, we have discussed text is appropriate then images as it makes that users’ output such as “submit” or “buy” buttons, address fields, drop-down menus, etc. are accurately translated through screen-reader tools.

The same thing would hold users, who rely on speech-recognition software, to communicate with mobile applications and digital interfaces.

6) Get Comment from People with Disabilities

According to my personal view-point, the best way to check application is by asking people withdisabilities and collects their feedback. It is better to ask for review of them before launching application to the App Store. Moreover, you can also ensure that they are finding all essential information they are looking for.

Mobile App Recommendations

1) Give Importance to Icons

Icons are the best way to convey message as they find difficulty to read text and grab its meaning. You have to ensure


To label icon with text

Create memorable icons that associated with users

Consistent icons like use Star for rating and heart for favorite

2) Easy and Concise Content

Use simple and understandable language to explain anything.

Make Short sentences

Ditch tangential information

Don’t move to the main topic

Use correct grammar and spelling

3) Understandable Labels & Placeholders

Ensure to add visual labels to all needed fields. Many developers think placeholders as labels, but actually it is not.


4) Use Enlarged Fonts

Having larger fonts than normal size helps people to access application easily. Developers have an idea that enlarge fonts is dependent upon the ability of platforms, however, it is recommended to userelative units instead of absolute units, i.e. use “%” or “em” instead of “pt” or “cm”.

Benefits of Mobile Apps

Features that focus on simplicity and context deliver advantages to users withcognitive disabilities. Developers should keep some points in their mind, i.e.

App with fewer features means less distraction

Features should be context specific, for e.g. food menus, store locators, etc.

In this way, developers can build mobile application that helps users to minimize trouble in accessing and can direct them to the relevant information.

Our Additional Best Practices

1) Offline Capabilities

Weak signal makes users frustrate as their application becomes unusable. We are building content interactive that doesn’t rely ona wireless signal. It will result into positive user experience as users can access online, offline and on-the-go.

2) Prioritize Speed

We work hard to improve access and make application to run faster. Having slow mobile application results to low traffic and thus, it is important to have app that doesn’t make people wait.

3) Real-time Experience

As we know that modern application needs access to real-time events and thus, we are integrating data distribution technologies when developing an application to assess data to send the most latest information immediately.

4) Security Measures

We ensure to add user authentication and authorization to access sensitive information. Moreover, we are also ensuring that all network traffic between application and server is encrypted.

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