CanPlan 4+

University of Victoria

Designed for iPad

    • 5.0 • 1 Rating
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



*** WHAT IS IT? ***
CanPlan promotes independence and builds confidence by helping people with cognitive challenges complete tasks successfully. Virtually any activity can be broken into a sequence of easy-to-follow steps, illustrated by photos and reinforced with optional text and audio. Scheduling and reminder features ensure each task gets done on time.

Support workers and therapists are providing CanPlan to their clients with cognitive, memory and other challenges, while families and caregivers are using the tool with loved ones who desire more independence. For any given task, a user initially goes through the activity with a support person or family member. Together, they take photos of each step in the task, adding text or audio as needed. The task is then filed under a customizable set of categories, which could include areas such as: Food Preparation, Household Chores, Shopping, Transportation, Exercise, Workplace Tasks, and so on.

*** WHO IS IT FOR? ***
CanPlan is especially beneficial to people who have difficulty performing activities that require following a sequence of steps, including those with:
- Brain injury
- Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
- Dyslexia
- Developmental disabilities

- Task Sequencing: breaks each task into an easy-to-follow sequence of photos, with optional text or audio
- Scheduling: shows a list of tasks to be completed during the day
- Prompting: provides the option of audible timed reminders
- Active Task Reminder: helps the user stick with a task until it’s complete
- Task Categorization: allows tasks to be filed in customizable categories for easy retrieval
- CanPlan is a universal app optimized for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

*** SUPPORT ***
To report a problem with the app, please email

“It really helps me to function and complete day-to-day tasks. I use the schedule and alarm to structure my day. It has removed so much stress in my life.”
– Client with early onset Alzheimer’s disease

“It works great – I can add whatever tasks I need to remember. And I’ll add more and more tasks as I get more to do at work, and when I start taking the bus to work.”
– Client with brain injury

“I like that each step of a task includes a photo and audio as well. I also like that we are able to add empowering messages.”
– Support worker of client with brain injury

CanAssist at the University of Victoria is dedicated to developing customized technologies and services for people with disabilities, with a focus on clients in British Columbia, Canada.

What’s New

Version 1.8.2

Video playback bug fixed.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

rjs2kate'smom ,

Quickly create visual schedules

Very easy app to navigate and create visual schedules for individuals with disabilites. And did I mention it's FREE! Occasional glitches when freezes in photo selection mode on iPhone, but just close app, reopen and all good. Nice to break down steps of task for individual who needs step by step direction. Allows you to check off as complete each step. Look forward to trying it on our iPad.

Barberfive ,

Empowering lives towards independence

CanPlan is barrier breaking piece of technology. The app will move individuals with disabilities or memory challenges towards independence like no other piece of technology that I have seen so far. Increase independence in a person's daily living including: life skills, job skills, and any other task in a persons day that might need a step-by-step guide with time and day reminders/alerts. Powerful!

Oak maple ,

Great for visual thinkers of all sorts

Also artists, people with dyslexia or low literacy, small children-wow! What a great app! Parents, this app had real potential to help you help the 'slow to remember what to do next' family members. Also great for teaching techniques. I can't believe I never found it before now!

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Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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