Technology & Apps

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:

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.

AroundMe – App that quickly allows user to find out information about their surroundings.  Free from iTunes.  Works with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

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 Now – An app designed to teach sighted persons how to recognize the Braille letters a-z. For use on iPad. $0.99 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.

Color ID Free – Uses the camera on the iPhone or iPod touch to speak names of colors in real time.  For use on iPad, iPod Touch(fourth generation and newer), iPad 2 and Android. Free from iTunes.

Color Identifier – Uses the camera on the iPhone or iPod touch to speak names of colors in real time.$4.99 from iTunes.

Digit-Eyes – An audio scanner and labeler, enables people without vision to read barcode labels. $9.99 from iTunes.  Requires iOS 6.1 or later.  Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Digit-Eyes Lite QR Bar Code Reader and Labeler – Audio scanner and labeler for the iPhone or iPod Touch. Free from iTunes.

Disney Movies Anywhere App – Every Pixar film is now available with Mobile Audio Description from Disney using the Disney Movies Anywhere App.

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.

eMagnifier– Variable zoom from 1x to 8x with option to freeze and save image to camera roll. Requires iOS 8.0 or later. 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.

Eye Note – A mobile device application to denominate paper currency.  For use on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Free from iTunes.

EyeHope Magnifier – Turns iPhone into a powerful magnifier (1-100x magnification). Four high-contrast modes for low vision users. For use with iPhone or iPod Touch. $.99 from 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.

Learning Ally Audio – Learning Ally members to download DAISY audio Learning Ally titles from onto iOS devices, i.e. iPad, iPhone and iPod. Membership is required.  The app is free from iTunes.

Light Detector – Detects sources of light that have been left on or to detect location of windows.  $1.99 from iTunes. Compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

LookTel Money Reader – Identifies type of bills using the iPhone or iPod Touch.  $9.99 from iTunes.

LookTel VoiceOver Tutorial App – Learn and Practice the Basic Gestures used with VoiceOver and iOS.  For more information visit Applevis.  App is free from iTunes.

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.

Optelec Magnifier App for iOS devices.  The app provides basic magnification and high contrast functionality.  The Optelec Magnifier App is free from iTunes.

Pocket Braille Reference – supports one symbol word contractions and one-letter word contractions. For use on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Free from iTunes.

Read2Go – App from for iOS devices, i.e iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch users to read Bookshare books. $19.99 from iTunes.

Talking Calculator – Scientific calculator for blind and low vision users. Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. $1.99 from iTunes.

Talking Timer– Designed as an aid in exercise—found useful in kitchen.  Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  $0.99 from iTunes.

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.

VisualBraille – Translate common words, sentences, and numbers from text to Braille.  For use with iPhone and iPad. $2.99 from iTunes.

VisualBraille Lite – Free app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad from iTunes.

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.

VisionSim by Braille Institute – A Free app developed by Braille Institute of America for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices to simulate nine degenerative eye diseases. Free from iTunes.

Voice Brief – Reads emails, twitter, etc aloud.  Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  $2.99 from iTunes.

Web Reader – An app that uses text to speech technology along with web page content recognition to read web pages aloud. Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  $1.99 from iTunes.

WritePad – Handwriting recognition, note-taking translation app.  Compatible with iPad.  $4.99 on iTunes.

ZoomReader – Optical Character Recognition allows user text-to-speech on books or menus.  $19.99 on iTunes.