Access Together, is an app designed to help people with disabilities locate accessible restaurants, shops and other venues in their communities. For more information, visit: http://www.accesstogether.org/.
AccessNote, an iOS note taking app for the classroom from the American Foundation for the Blind, is available from the iTunes App store. Cost: $19.99. The app requires iOS 7.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. For more information visit iTunes.
Aipoly Vision (iOS, Free)– Aipoly is an object and color recognizer app that helps persons who are blind, visually impaired, and color blind to understand their surroundings. Simply point your phone at the object of interest and press the large toggle button at the bottom of the screen to turn on the artificial intelligence. Visit iTunes.
Braille Driller– An app for people who want learn the Braille alphabet. Includes a review of the Braille alphabet and four activities of increasing difficulty. For use on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Free from iTunes.
Braille Sonar – This app allows for the lookup of Contracted Braille symbols, some basic computer braille symbols and Nemeth Code. Free from iTunes. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
DoItWrite is a clever $1.99 iOS app that helps blind users Learn to draw lowercase letters, uppercase letters, and numbers for use with iOS 7’s VoiceOver handwriting feature. Once shapes are learned, users can practice speed and accuracy with a fun game to blast characters as they tumble down the screen. Available through the App Store in iTunes. Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Dragon Dictation – Dictate message and Dragon types it out on the screen. Options include text message, email, copy-and-past, Facebook, and Twitter. Works on iPad, iPhone, and on second and third generation iPod Touch (external microphone required). Free from iTunes.
Exploring Braille with Madilyn and Ruff– This app was created to introduce young children with visual impairments to the Braille alphabet. Certain features of this app require the use of an external Refreshable Braille device. App is $1.99 on iTunes.
Fleksy – This auto-correct iOS app allows blind and visually impaired users to type faster without worrying about typing mistakes. It is compatible with the iPhone and iPad. Free from iTunes and offers in-app purchases.
OrCam – Created in Israel, OrCam has harnessed artificial vision through a wearable, talking device. Free demonstrations are available by a trained OrCam representative. For more information, contact OrCam.
Talkler – a VoiceOver compatible iOS app that enables blind and visually impaired persons to use voice commands to listen to and manage emails. Free from iTunes. Popular in-app purchases offered from $1.99-$19.99.
TapTapSee – An iOS app to help blind persons identify objects they encounter in their daily lives. The user takes a picture of what is in front of them and the app identifies and speaks the identification back to the user. The application also features instant recognition on all US paper currency. Free from iTunes. In-app purchases available.
ThirdEye Technologies Inc. – ThirdEye restores autonomy to visually impaired persons’ lives by enabling them to recognize everyday objects. Users touch on button and the technology verbally returns back whatever object the user is looking at within seconds (for example a “5 US Dollar Bill” or an “Ibuprofen bottle”). App is free from iTunes.
Timely-Time Teller iOS app will announce the time at regular intervals and at specific recurring times. Timely-Time Teller requires iOS 6.0 or later, is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It is available for $2.99 from the iTunes App Store.
ViA – Visually Impaired Apps. A Free app from Braille Institute of America for the iPhone or iPad to assist blind and low-vision users to easily sort through the 500,000+ apps in the iTunes App Store to locate the apps that were built specifically for visually impaired users. Works with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Free from iTunes.