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What happened to Special Words, Special Words Pro, Special Stories, My 1st Signs, and Touch Apps?

We have stopped offering all these apps, but if you have previously downloaded any, you may continue to use them.

Based on customer feedback and development, we have made many of the features and resources in our archived apps available to access in our membership. You can find out more about our legacy apps here.

How do I buy and install your new web-based apps?

Our new web-based apps, Special Words Plus and Special Stories Plus are included in the Special iApps Membership, with our other apps coming to the membership throughout 2022. You can purchase a single licence here, which allows you to use both apps and try them for free with a free 14-day trial.

If you are a school, organisation, or looking to support a group of children, please get in touch with us to discuss your needs.

For download and installation instructions, please refer to the Special Words User Guide or the Special Stories User Guide.

How can I manage or cancel my web-based app subscription?

If you subscribed directly from our website, click here. In other cases, contact us.

How do I buy your "native" apps for Apple devices?

Please note: our native apps will be withdrawn from the App Store throughout 2022. While you will still be able to use them there will be no further update or support for these apps. They will become available within the Special iApps Membership. 

If you are a parent or carer, or a professional not based in a school, you can purchase our apps for iPad and iPhone using the App Store app on your device. The easiest way to find one of our apps on the App Store is to visit our website on your device, tap the Download on the App Store badge that's near the top of each page, and then select the app from the drop-down list. Alternatively, search for Special iApps on the store.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to the web-based editions of our apps directly from our website, as described in the answer above.

How do I buy your "native" apps for Android devices?

Please note: our native apps will be withdrawn from the Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore throughout 2022. While you will still be able to use them there will be no further update or support for these apps. They will become available within the Special iApps Membership. 

Our apps are available on both the Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore. To find the Special iApps page on either store, tap the store button at the top of this page.

An easy way to find a specific app of ours from your smartphone is to open our website, select the app (just below Our Apps) from the menu button on our website to get to the app's page, and then tap the Google Play or Amazon Appstore button.

You can also subscribe to our web-based apps directly from our website, as explained above.

Note that for non-personal use (e.g. in a school) you must buy a separate copy of each app for every Android device you wish to use it on.

How do I buy your apps for my school?

Please note: our native apps will be withdrawn from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore throughout 2022. While you will still be able to use them there will be no further update or support for these apps. They will become available within the Special iApps Membership (see details above). 

If you are buying any iPad or iPhone app for a school or other educational establishment, you must purchase enough licences to cover the number of devices on which you want to install the app. For our "native" apps, instead of using the standard App Store, your establishment needs to be registered to use Apple School Manager or Volume Purchase Programme (VPP). There is a 50% discount if you purchase 20 or more copies of the same app. Please note that app bundles such as the Special Collection are not available for schools to download through Apple School Manager.

Registered schools can make educational purchases from Safari on an iPad or Mac, or Chrome or Edge on a Windows computer. If you tap or click the Download for your School badge on any page of our website, and select an app from the drop-down list, it will take you to the purchase page on the educational store. Alternatively, to see all of our apps, search for Special iApps C.I.C. on the store.

If Apple's educational store is not available in your country, please contact Apple Support.

You can also install the Android versions of our apps on compatible Chromebooks, but you must buy one licence for each app on each device. For an overview of using Chromebooks, see our blog. Contact us if you have questions about licensing and deployment.

Are your apps available for other devices?

Our web-based apps can be used on iPad, iPhone, Android, Chromebook, Windows, Mac and Linux.

Our apps for Android are available for Amazon Fire Tablets and can also be used on recent Google Chromebooks that include Android app compatibility. For further details see our blog article.

What ages of children are your apps suitable for?

A very wide range! Most have settings to adjust the level to suit a wide range of abilities. Several have facilities to add personal content, to engage children and keep them interested. Our Special Words and Special Stories apps are widely used with children from one year old, up to adults with learning difficulties.

Do I need training before I can use your apps?

No, they are very easy and intuitive to use, and several include a Quick Start Guide. To familiarise yourself with all the things you can do with an app, you may like to read its detailed User Guide on our website.

We do run very popular Training Workshops, where you can try our apps and share ideas with other users. We cover our own apps, how to find other good apps, and getting the most out of iPads and other tablets.

Currently, workshops are only available in the UK and Ireland, but we are hoping to expand to other countries. Please let us know if you would be interested, wherever you are.

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What is your privacy policy?

As parents of children with learning disabilities, we take privacy very seriously. Please read our Privacy Policy.

Do you provide free promo codes?

Please read our Promo Code Policy.

What was your connection with See and Learn?

Versions of our Special Words and Touch-Words apps available up to March 2016, and versions of our Special Numbers app available up to December 2014, incorporated images from a now superseded edition of the See and Learn teaching programme developed by Down Syndrome Education International, used with their kind permission.

These three apps were devised and implemented by Special iApps, and were not commissioned or funded by any other organisation. All currently-available versions contain only original artwork created by Special iApps.

Can we commission you to write an app for us?

Please get in touch with us at support@specialiapps.org to discuss working together and details of your proposal.