Vision Aids and Apps

  • Notetaking tool for those who are Blind or Visually Impaired created by the American Federation of the Blind
  • App combines notetaking capabilities with the other accessibility features and functions of the iOS device
  • Input notes with either QWERTY Keyboard, refreshable Braille Display
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone
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  • Use this app to help identify everyday objects for anyone with a visual impairment or who is blind
  • Double tap the screen, take a picture of the object, and hear what the object is spoken out loud
  • Turn VoiceOver on to have the object description read out loud
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; Android
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LookTel Recognizer

  • Annotate, highlight and type right into your web browser
  • Capture thoughts and share your comments in the web page
  • Share your annotation with others via email or social media
  • Bookmark and save your webpages in the cloud for access from anywhere
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; Mac
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LookTel Money Reader

  • LookTel Money Recognizer allows users who are blind or low vision to recognize currency and will speak the denomination out loud
  • Place money under the camera of your phone and the app will recognize the currency amount
  • Over twenty currencies supported by this app
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Compatibility: Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone; Mac
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Be My Eyes

  • App that connect people who are blind with sighted volunteers around the world
  • Using video chat, volunteers help people who are blind with a variety of tasks as they serve as the person who is blind’s eyes
  • A networks of thousands of both blind and sighted people across the world
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS and Android
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NVDA Screen Reader

  • NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free, open source screen reader built for Windows based operating system computers
  • Download to your computer directly or to a USB drive and run on any computer without installation
  • Works with many popular applications such as web browsers, email, and Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to convert text into a Braille using Refreshable Braille Display
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows
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  • Use this app to help differentiate between colors more easily for people who are color blind or have trouble distinguishing colors
  • Take a picture of the object you want to remix and use the modes to adjust the colors and hues to make it easier to differentiate color(s) the object actually is
  • Helps enhance the colors individuals who are color blind see but this does not mitigate all functional limitations of color blindness
  • Cost: $2.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone
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Vision Assist

  • Use your iDevice to become an instant handheld magnifier or CCTV
  • Zoom images up to 20x
  • Change display mode to match your best vision including black and white, color, highlights, contrasting colors, and smart text to enhance text
  • Magnify documents, books, whiteboard or anything you see
  • Compatible with VoiceOver
  • Cost: $5.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone
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  • Increase your keyboard or text input system size to 114% the normal size increase ease of sight using this QWERTY keyboard
  • State-of-the-art system powerful enough for individuals who are blind or low vision to use by not needing to look at the screen to type
  • Powerful word prediction system and autocorrect system edits your text without the need to even see the keyboard
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; Android
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Turn Off the Lights

  • Click the light bulb button to get your screen to fade to a dark opacity overlay
  • Everything but the key area you are working in, such as a YouTube Video, a Google Doc, or an HTML 5 website will fade
  • Ability to adjust opacity and darkness
  • Shortcut keys to command program
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome Add-On
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  • Highlight only the text you want to read while Fokus dims and darkens the rest of your Chrome or Firefox window with an overlay
  • Highlights the paragraph you’re reading with the ability to change the opacity of the background overlay
  • Easy to install extension with the ability to turn the feature on or off
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome and Firefox Add-On
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