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Apps for Adults with Vision Loss

ACCESSING BOOKS / READING

AIRS-LA Free – The Audio Internet Reading Service of Los Angeles provides daily radio/internet broadcasts of newspapers, magazines, ads, and books. 

Audiblefree trial then monthly fee – easy access to huge selection of audio books including academic titles.

BARD Mobile – Free – A service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), the BARD Mobile app provides access to braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). 

Blind Abilities—Free—A collection of podcasts and blogs for the individuals suffering for a visual impairment. Life skills, teen blogs, and opportunities are all kept to date and easily accessible. 

Bookshare Free –Provides students with reading disabilities with access to an online digital library of over 500,000 titles. 

CRIS Radio – Free – Audio Internet Reading Service with daily readings of a variety of newspapers, periodicals, and magazines. 

KNFBReader $99.00 – Converts printed text into high quality speech to provide “accurate, fast, and efficient” access to both single and multiple page documents. 

NFB-NEWSLINE Mobile Free – An audio information source designed to keep persons who are unable to read conventional newsprint informed about current events locally, nationally, and globally. 

Spotlight Gateway Free – An e-reading application specifically designed for people with vision impairments. 

Voice Dream Reader Free – voice-based mobile app that allows the blind or visually impaired to read anything that contains text, such as websites, local files on your device, Bookshare, and more. 

Voiceye Free – Reads text from images out loud. 

BRAILLE

Braille Pad – Free – Converts English in to standard braille. 

BrailleTouch – Free – Type braille on a smartphone or tablet using a six key configuration. 

Braille Writer–$4.99—Translate between Braille and standard. Learning too l for all individuals with a visual impairment. 

PocketBraille Reference Lite—Free—Learn different braille symbols which includes alphabet, numbers and punction.

Smart BrailleFree—  Communicate via braille through the app. For android users.

EDUCATIONAL 

AFB CareerConnect Free – free online resource for those who are blind and visually impaired to explore careers and learn about navigated the employment process from others who are blind or visually impaired.

ViA – By Braille Institute Free – ViA (Visually Impaired Apps) lists categories of apps, ratings from people who have used them, and prices. 

VisionSim by Braille Institute Free – Simulates the world through the eyes of a person experiencing one of nine degenerative eye diseases. 

GAMES

Audio Game Hub Free – Arcade audio games that use audio as their primary interface making them accessible for both sighted and non-sighted users. Race against the clock and disarm bombs in Bomb Disarmer. Follow Simon as he leads you through unlocking complicated patters in Super Simon. Sit at the round table and enjoy a causal game of blackjack. Also: Animal escape, slot machines, archery, hunting, samurai tournament (multiplayer), Labyrinth, memory games, Bejeweled. 

A Blind Legend Free – audio-only mobile video games available that is aimed at both sighted and non-sighted players. Using 3-diminsional sound, the game features a blind knight who must journey to the High Castle Kingdom to rescue his wife with the help of daughter Louise. Players navigate and interact with the game using touchscreen.

Blind Cricket Free – Worlds first accessible cricket game for visually impaired.

Blindfold SolitaireFree – Solitaire for visually impaired people, designed for rapid audio play to play by listening. 

Blindfold Word GamesFree – Word games for visually impaired including Hangman, Unscramble, Word Latter, Word Search, and Word Flick. 

Dusk Free – Gaming experience designed for the blind but playable by everyone, series of mini games that do not require the use of sight. Uses a combination of movement sensors, vibration, sound, and voiceover. High contrast design. 

Match2Braille—Free—Like the game concentration, match the roman letter to the corresponding braille character.

IDENTIFICATION

Aira Free – App based service for people who are blind or have low vision, that provides interpretation by trained agents for just about any task, safely and securely. By using the camera on your smartphone, a live video stream is sent to an Aira agent. 

ABBYY $4.99 –Text grabber and translator 

Be My Eyes Free – A live video connection linking individuals who are blind or visually impaired with a sighted volunteer for assistance. 

BeSpecular – Free – Ask questions via photo upload or voice message and receive feedback via voicemail or text. 

Big Digital Clock—Free—Tells time digitally using the whole phone screen. Display and colors can be adjusted to a person’s preference.

Blindsquare – $39.99 – Describes the environment, announces point of interest and street intersections.

BlindSq Event—Free—Event edition of Blind Square.

Cash Reader: Bill identifier Free—point your phone camera to any banknote in the world and instantly hear the value read back to you.

Color Detectors – Color Identifier ($.99), ColorDeBlind (Free) and Say Color (Free).

Color ID—Free—helps the visually impaired distinguish the colors in various items around them.  The app identifies colors around the user and then reads them out loud. 

Digital Eyes—Free—Scan manufacture barcodes and audibly the name of the product. Users can also read their own labels for household items.

EnvisionAIFree – Leverages artificial intelligence to recognize objects and people with the camera and then narrates it back. (Android compatible)

EyeNote- Free – Allows users to scan U.S. paper currency to determine the denomination. Valuable aid for visually impaired or blind individuals when making purchases or transactions. 

Facing Emotions—Free—Translates seven major emotions on the human face; anger, sadness, fear, disgust, happiness, surprise, contempt into corresponding sounds, allowing the visually impaired users to have a deeper connection with people they are talking to (must be used with Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro).

Google Lens- Free – Translate text in real time, look up words, add events to your calendar, call a number, and more. 

Lookout Free – Detects objects laying in the walking path through the camera phone.

LowViz Guide Free – Provides indoor navigation using a smartphone or tablet, allowing users to find their way around large meeting spaces and navigate the shortest routes. LowViz Guide is a public service of MD Support and MD Foundation. 

Light DetectorFree—Turns light in sound. Higher or lower sound frequencies depending on the intensity of the light.

Money Identifiers Free –EyeNote and NantMobile money readers. 

Object Identifiers – LookTel Recognizer ($9.99) and TapTapSee Blind & Visually Impaired Camera (Free) 

Ray App – Free – replaces the traditional click interaction of Android devices with touch and directional swipe gestures for easy, eye-free navigation. Voice-operated messaging to online audio books and color identification. 

SayText – Free – Reads out loud text from images.

ScriptTalk Free – Identifies pharmacies that provide accessible labels on medication.

Seeing AIFree – Leverages artificial intelligence to recognize objects and people with the camera and then narrates it back. (iPhone compatible) 

Sullivan+ Free – A visual-aid app to enhance the accessibility of the visually impaired and low vision users: AI mode, text recognition, face recognition, image description, color recognition, light brightness, magnifier. 

TapTapSee Free – using the camera technology on smartphones, this app was designed to help the blind or visually impaired accurately identify everyday objects without the need for sighted assistance. Simply tapping the screen to take a photo, the user will hear the app correctly name the item. 

Voice Dream ScannerFree—Scan paper documents, labels, signs with your devices camera and recognize the text. With build in text-to-speech. 

Talking Calculator Free – iPad or iPhone compatible app that provides speech for answers, button names, formulas, and full VoiceOver support. 

Talking Tags—Free—Created labels and tags for everyday items. Create tags. 

Text Detective Free – Finds and reads text in printed documents within seconds using the iPhone camera. The detected text can be read, edited, copied and pasted into documents, emails or other apps. 

Viz WizFree—Allows low vision users to take a photo of an object and as a question, which is then answered through a series of algorithms.  

WordQ and SpeakQ – Free – Provides word prediction and text to speech options. 

MAGNIFIER

Big Browser – Free—Allows users to adjust color themes and zoom in on content for an easier read. App is also equipped with a larger keyboard and controls that are easier to see. 

Brighter and Bigger—Free—A reading glass too for individuals struggling to read fine print. Application helps read small letters by enlarging them and making them brighter.

Lumin—Free—Magnifying apps that enlarges and brightens texts. High resolution glass that you can take anywhere. 

Magnifying Apps Free – Brighter and Bigger, Mag Light/icam and Eyesight, Magnifer

Magnifying Glass with LightFree—Magnifier that also brightens text.

MagnificentFree – Increases magnification up to 16x and offers color filter modes. 

Spotlight Text – Free – Adapts e-book to a higher magnifications and provides audio output.

WAYFINDING

Ariadne GPS $5.99 – Talking guide map for directions and information about surrounding areas. 

Evelity: all-disability GPSFree—Guides people with disabilities using step by step GPS.

Life360– Free – Family locator, messaging tool and communication app.

Lazarillo Free – Provides GPS navigation.

Microsoft Soundscape—Free—places audio cures and labels in 3D spaces enabling direction and GPS navigation. Enabled by voiceover.

NavCog Free –app that allows the visually impaired to successfully navigate the world around them with turn-by-turn guidance not unlike GPS. 

Nearby Explorer Free – Describes the environment in ways comparable to reading signage or observing road characteristics.

Seeing Eyes GPS—Free—Fully accesible turn-by-turn GPS with all normal navigation features unique to blind users.

WalkyTalky Free– Android compatible navigation app that offers users turn by turn directions.

NOTE TAKING

AccessNote Free – iOS note taker, works in collaboration with VoiceOver. 

Evernote Free – Allows users to take notes, capture photos, create to-do-lists, and record voice reminders. 

MessagEase Keyboard Free – A replacement for the QWERTY keyboard, which has larger keys to increase speed and accuracy when typing. 

Voice Dream WriterFree—Helps users write better. Text-to-speech proofreading.

TECH SUPPORT

AppleVisFree – Apple products and guide of related applications for Apple Products for the low vision.

Apple Accessibility – The Apple Accessibility Support team is availabile to support users with vision loss using iOS devices.
Phone: 877-204-3930 

Blind Bargains—Free—The latest deals on Braille printers, screen readers, and other accesible products, all in one place.

Google Accessibility Support -The Google Disability Support team is available to support users with vision loss using Google products. Support includes accessibility features, functionalities, and assistive technology in Google products.
Email: disability-support-external@google.com   

Ophthalmic Edge, AFB – Free – Provides accessibility information available on the internet for apps and computers. 

Microsoft AccessibilityThe Microsoft Accessibility Support team is available to support users with vision loss using Microsoft devices. 

Phone: 800- 936-5900

VO LabFree—Learn the basics of iOS voiceover through educational and interactive activities and experiments. 

VO Change-VoiceOver changesFree –Offers updates to the IOS voiceover.

Voice Over VideoFree—Add voice over and audio recordings to your videos.

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