There an app for almost anything, but at this time of social distancing many school and learning centers are closed. There are several apps available to students with visual difficulties.
Here are a few:
VIA-Braille Institute is proud to introduce VIA (Visually Impaired Apps), a fully accessible app for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. VIA has been designed to help identify apps that are useful for adults and children who are blind or have low vision, including those with additional disabilities. Users can easily sort through the 500,000+ apps in the App Store and locate those that were built specifically for, or provide functionality to, the user with a visual impairment.
Dragon Dictation-Simply speak, adding punctuation as needed verbally, and Dragon Dictation will type it up in an instant and copy it to your clipboard. This app has a small learning curve and is truly essential.
Light Detector-This is a very handy app that simply emits a sound which intensifies as a light source is found and approached. Light Detector will help find any lights left on or locate windows and exits. Basic but functional, this application does what is says and does it well.
Color ID-Are there clouds in the sky? Is the iPod done charging? What color are the pants I just tried on? Does this tie match? Is the tomato ripe yet? Is this lip liner or eye liner? Is the sour cream moldy? Color ID Free is here to answer all these questions and more. Just point the iPhone camera at any item and it will announce the color for you. Brilliantly simple and easy to use, this application will open a new world to those who cannot see. It is amazingly accurate and can even find very subtle differences in color. It offers a setting for basic colors, such as “pale yellow green” or more advanced colors such as “fresh apricot.”
Taptapsee-is designed to help the blind and visually impaired identify objects they encounter in their daily lives. Simply double tap the screen to take a photo of anything, at any angle, and hear the app speak the identification back to you.
Be my Eyes-Helping Blind See-Be the eyes for a blind person in need of help remotely through a live video connection if you are sighted or be assisted by the network of sighted users if you are blind. Be My Eyes is all about contributing to and benefiting from small acts of kindness, so hop on board and get involved.
Talking Calculator-A comprehensively featured calculator that has become a favorite among adults and primary schools around the world. Designed for a wide range of users, this calculator has large colorful buttons, optional high contrast, full Voiceover support, and unique to this calculator; the option to use speech for answers, button names and formulas.
Saytext-reads out loud the text in the image. It is intended for the visually impaired users.
Accessnote-is the first note taker for the iOS platform designed particularly for Voiceover users looking for a highly efficient, feature-rich note taking experience. In addition to being a low cost alternative to traditional note takers, AccessNote will allow users to combine efficient note taking with the countless other features and functions of the iOS devices. This will allow blind and visually impaired people in classroom or business settings to use the same popular iOS devices that their sighted peers are using.
Visual Brailler-is the simple braille editor. It’s a braille writer for your iPad, and it has a place in every braille transcriber’s toolbox. Use it for NLS certification exercises or to practice UEB. Show off your mastery of braille.
Voice Dream-reads all BookShare Books plus plays MP3s, reads MS Word docs, html files, pdfs, epub books really almost any file.