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Last updated 8/24/2017

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Adaptive Technology is ever changing.

There are many iOS applications available in the app store that can assist you while you are at home, school, work or on the go.

Our Rehabilitation Technology Specialists have compiled a list of free/paid accessible essential iOS applications for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that can assist you to improve your independence.


We can train you on how to use these applications and many more!

What is an iOS app?

An iOS app is an application designed to fulfill a particular purpose on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Apple devices that can be downloaded for free or paid from the app store.

There are many types of apps; to list a few, there are productivity, utility, game, navigation, radio and news apps.

Category: For Developers

iOS Accessibility Resouces

With built-in accessibility features, accessibility APIs, developer tools, iOS provides an extraordinary opportunity to deliver a superior mobile experience to every customer, including those with special needs. Award-winning features include VoiceOver—the revolutionary screen reader for blind and low vision users, Switch Control, playback of closed captioned or audio described video, Guided Access, Text to Speech, and more.

Click Here for Apple Accessibility Resouces

Category: Utilities

Prizmo Go - Instant Text Capture

Aim at text. Shoot. It's yours! Prizmo Go lets you quickly grab printed text with the camera. After text is recognized in a blink of an eye, you can interact with it in many useful ways, or just send it to other apps.
Prizmo Go comes with enhancements specifically built for VoiceOver, in addition to spoken guidance prior to shooting. That, combined with its text-to-speech capabilities, make it a great companion in case you need help reading printed documents.

Click Here for Prizmo Go

iDentifi- Object Recognition for Visually Impaired

iDentifi is an app that empowers visually impaired individuals to gain more independence in daily tasks like grocery shopping, self-navigating in indoor environments, and reading. It uses artificial intelligence to enable a visually impaired user to click a photo of virtually any object or piece of text, and then speaks aloud a description of the object in an image or dictate any text in the image to the user. Furthermore, all of the app's functionality works in more than 25 languages. Finally, the app features an interface designed with visually impaired users in mind, while also giving users the option to choose from three different modes of object/text recognition as well as how fast they want the app to speak.

Click Here for iDentifi

Speech Central: Web Text to Speech

Fully featured text to speech app. The first app ever to feature the interactive web on the go. Users can interact with web sites and RSS feeds and pick articles to be read aloud by using headphone or Bluetooth hands-free buttons. In all parts of the app functions of those audio buttons can be customized which results in high productivity and accessibility. The app is tested to be accessible with VoiceOver by legally blind users. It can be used as an assistive technology and helper for people with visual impairments and disabilities like dyslexia (dyslexia friendly font is included in the app).

Click Here for Speech Central

Aipoly Vision

Aipoly is an object and color recognizer that helps the blind, visually impaired, and color blind users 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.

Click Here for Aipoly Vision

NantMobile Money Reader

This App is free

NantMobile Money Reader instantly recognizes currency and speaks the denomination, enabling people experiencing visual impairments or blindness to quickly and easily identify and count bills. Point the camera of your iOS device at a bill and the application will tell you the denomination in real-time. Twenty one currencies are supported: the US.

Click Here for NantMobile Money Reader


Digit-Eyes

Best. Barcode. Reader. Ever!

Scan UPC / EAN codes and hear the names of over 37 million products!

Make your own QR code labels on the Digit-Eyes website and print them on inexpensive address labels.

Click Here for Digit-Eyes

ColoredEye

ColoredEye will identify the colors from your camera in real-time!

Or you have option to identify colors within a saved photo.

*Color identifier app/devices are not 100% accurate as lighting is a big factor.

Click Here for ColoredEye

Light Detector

Have you ever listened to light? With Light Detector, now you can!

Light Detector transforms any natural or artificial light source it encounters into sound.

Click Here for Light Detector

LookTel Recognizer

LookTel Recognizer allows those persons having visual impairments or blindness to identify cans, packages, ID or credit cards, DVDs, and similar items.

Customers can store images of objects in a library or database, and then point the iPhone's camera at an object and the phone will recognize and describe the item instantly.

A barcode scanner is included to provide additional labeling help.

Click Here for LookTel Recognizer

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TapTapSee - Blind & Visually Impaired Camera

TapTapSee is designed to help the blind and visually impaired identify objects they encounter in their daily lives.

Click Here for TapTapSee

Dark Sky

Dark Sky can tell you at a glance exactly when it will rain (or snow) up to an hour in advance, so you're free to walk the dog or run out to lunch and know you'll stay dry.

You can also explore the most beautiful weather animation you've ever seen, both forward in time or back.

Click Here for Dark Sky


Talking Scientific Calculator

A comprehensively featured calculator that has become a favorite among adults and high school students 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, buttons names and formulas!

Click Here for Talking Scientific Calculator

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Category: Lifestyle

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!

Click Here for Be My Eyes

Category: Productivity

Seeing AI: Talking Camera for the Blind

Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text, and objects.

Click Here for Seeing AI

TextGrabber + Translator

TextGrabber + Translator easily and quickly scans, translates and saves your chosen text from virtually any printed material.

Click Here for TextGrabber

Talking Goggles - a camera with speech

Talking Goggles can recognize images and speaks out what it finds.

It recognizes almost any image within seconds.

Including logos, landmarks, books, products, artwork, text and more.

Click Here for Talking Goggles

KNFB Reader

The highly anticipated KNFB Reader converts printed text into high quality speech to provide accurate, fast, and efficient access to both single and multiple page documents with the tap of a button on the iPhone.

Picture accuracy is facilitated by a Field of View Report, Automatic Page Detection, and Tilt Control.

Click Here for KNFB Reader

Dropbox

Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.

Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad, and the web.

With Dropbox you'll always have your important memories and work with you.

Click Here for Dropbox

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Microsoft Word

Now Word documents look better than ever on your tablet and phone.

When you edit or create documents, you can be confident they will look exactly how you want across PC, Mac, tablet and phone.

Click Here for Microsoft Word

Voice Dream Writer

Voice Dream Writer helps everyone write better; Text-to-speech proofreading reduces mistakes, phonetic and meaning search help you use the right words, and an active outline helps you organize and improve the structure of your writing.

Click Here for Voice Dream Writer

Category: Navigation

Google Maps

The Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad makes navigating your world faster and easier.

Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there via transit Voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking.

Click Here for Google Maps

NearBy Explorer

Nearby Explorer is a full featured GPS app designed for use by people who are blind. Instead of just providing directions, it describes the environment in ways comparable to reading signage or observing road characteristics.

Click Here for NearBy Explorer

BlindSquare

BlindSquare makes you sense what's around you.

The only thing you need to do is listen.

Click Here for BlindSquare

Transit App: Real Time Bus & Subway Tracker with Offline Schedules

Find out when your ride is coming NOW.

Arrival times and directions for transit routes near you, using real-time data.

All transport options: bus, subway, bike share, Uber, car2go, and more.

Click Here for Transit App

Ariadne GPS

Ariadne GPS is more than a simple gps app.Besides offering you the possibility to know your position and to get information about the street, the number, etc.

It also lets you explore the map of what's around you.

Click Here for Ariadne GPS

NAVIGON USA

With NAVIGON you can turn your iPhone or iPad into a fully functional mobile navigation system.

Click Here for NAVIGON USA

Seeing Eye GPS

The Seeing Eye GPS is a fully accessible turn-by-turn GPS iPhone app with all the normal navigation features plus features unique to blind users.

Click Here for Seeing Eye GPS

Heare

Do you like walking on the beach?

Or to smell the air in a heathland?

Have you never been able to walk alone because you have low vision or no vision at all and there aren't any pavements or roads to walk on where you want to go?

Try HeareApp.

This app starts where the old navigation apps stop.

HeareApp is an application that makes it possible to go for a walk anywhere in the world.

Click Here for HeareApp

Category: Education

Flashcards+

This is the ultimate online flashcard & notecard tool for high school and college students, and those studying hard for the SAT, ACT, GRE and other standardized tests.

Click Here for Flashcards+

Voice Dream Reader

The world's most accessible reading tool.

With advanced text-to-speech and a highly configurable screen layout, it can be tailored to suit every reading style from completely auditory to completely visual, plus synchronized combination of both.

Voice Dream Reader supports reading PDF and Word documents, DRM-free EPUB and DAISY eBooks, Web pages and more.

It's directly integrated with Bookshare, Dropbox, G-Drive, Evernote, Pocket, Instapaper, and Gutenberg.

Click Here for Voice Dream Reader

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Learning Ally Audio

Learning Ally, formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, is committed to making reading accessible for all who learn differently.

We provide over 75,000 audiobooks, audio textbooks, and other recorded books to help anyone who experiences difficulty in reading print material succeed.

Learning Ally Membership is required to use this app.

Click Here for Learning Ally Audio

Talking Typer

Talking Typer is an accessible typing and computer keyboard tutorial app with a keyboard game to help increase speed and accuracy in a fun environment! Learn to type or improve your skills with drills, practice lessons, keyboard explorer, and an entertaining game. It is designed for blind and visually impaired students, but can be used by sighted students too.

Click Here for Talking Typer

Category: Business

Rev Voice Recorder: Audio Transcription and Dictation

Organize and edit recordings on your phone.

Share via email, Dropbox, Evernote, and GDrive.

Download with iTunes sync.

Click Here for Rev Voice Recorder

Category: Books

BARD Mobile

The BARD Mobile app provides access to braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD).

BARD contains nearly 50,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily.

Click Here for BARD Mobile

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Category: News

NFB-NEWSLINER Mobile by National Federation of the Blind

NFB-NEWSLINER is an information source designed to keep persons who are unable to read conventional newsprint who want to be informed about current events locally, nationally, and around the world.

It features the text of over three hundred newspapers, forty magazines, plus personalized television listings.

In order to use this application, you must be a NFB-NEWSLINER subscriber with a valid identification and security code.

To learn more, view eligibility requirements for this free service, and complete an online application, please visit http://www.nfbnewsline.org or call (866) 504-7300.

Click Here for NFB-NEWSLINER Mobile

Category: Reference

Parcel - Delivery Tracking

With this application you can promptly access tracking information for 265 delivery services, including UPS, USPS, FedEx, DHL, TNT, LaserShip, Aramex, OnTrac, China Post, SingPost, vPost and many other postal services.

Click Here for Parcel - Delivery Tracking

Category: Health & Fitness

Stepz: Pedometer & Step Counter for Tracking Steps

Stepz is a convenient step counter app that leverages the clever Apple Motion Coprocessor which collects your motion data automatically in the background while saving battery life. This simple pedometer app has been specifically developed for the iPhone and Apple Watch.

Click Here for Stepz

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Category: Food & Drink

Food.com Recipes, Shopping Lists & Meal Plans

Find Recipes. Plan Meals. Score Deals.

Click Here for Food.com

ALL ACCESS: Scan logos, photos and QR codes to access menus & REVEAL A DEAL Coupons

All Access is great for everyone, and is ideal for Blind, Low-Vision, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Non-Verbal and Non-English speaking users.

Menus and other options can be read out loud, using Apple's VoiceOver or our own high quality TTS (Text-To-Speech) by turning Talking Hints ON in the app's settings.

You can 'build your order' and have it spoken out loud to the waiter staff!

Click Here for All Access

All Bread Recipes

There's nothing quite like warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven home-baked bread, as these delectable recipes so comfortingly prove.

Here you'll find recipes for: Banana Bread, Biscuits and Scones, Breakfast Breads and many more!

Click Here for All Bread Recipies

Tappy Menu

Our simple design and layout provides you with the easiest way to find exactly what you're looking for in every restaurant. Tappy Menu eliminates the need for multiple apps of your favorite eateries and also saves the frustration of a mobile friendly restaurant website. This easy to use app gives blind and visually impaired people the freedom to read restaurant menus in a whole new way. Not only will visually impaired people be able to read the menu without sighted help, but they will never have to rely on bulky, out-dated, braille menus! Simply tap on the establishment of your choice, and scroll through the detailed menus, nutrition facts, ingredients, etc. Promote this amazing app to all your favorite eateries.

Click Here for Tappy Menu

Category: Medical

Mango Health - Medication Manager, Drug Interactions, and Pill Reminder

Mango Health for iPhone and Apple Watch makes managing your medications fun, easy, and rewarding.

App feature highlights include: dose reminders, drug interaction info, a health history, and best of all - points and rewards, just for taking your meds!

Rewards include: gift cards from your favorite stores, donations to leading charities, and more.

Click Here for Mango Health

VisionAssist

VisionAssist is a new category of handheld electronic magnifier that utilizes your smartphone.

It is designed to help people who are visually impaired with with Low Vision conditions including Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataracts, Color Blindness, and AMD (age related macular degeneration).

Why purchase an expensive dedicated electronic video magnifier when you can utilize your smartphone or tablet that is always with you!

Click Here for VisionAssist

PillPack

Automatically import your medications, sort into virtual "packs" by time of day, and create flexible reminders based on time of day, day of week, an location.

Click Here for PillPack

Category: Games

Blindfold Bowling

In Blindfold Bowling, you can play by yourself, against a variety of computer opponents, or side-by-side with another person.

You throw the bowling ball by either flicking with one finger, or aiming with one finger and flicking, or setting the exact angle with your thumb and forefinger, and then flick.

The faster you flick, the faster you throw the ball.

Click Here for Blindfold Bowling

Zany Touch

An Excellent Bop-It Style Game! Test your reflexes against faster and faster challenges. Listen for the instruction and do it as fast as you can -- touch, swipe up, swipe down, swipe left, swipe right, shake, pinch, and two finger touch. A pulsing sound track keeps the game moving. How many challenges can you make it past?

Click Here for Zany Touch

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Blindfold Solitaire

Blindfold Solitaire includes Klondike 3, the typical game of solitaire where you build all four suits from ace to king in separate piles, and 28 cards are dealt into seven piles on the table, where the first pile contains 1 card, the second pile has two cards with only the top card showing, the third pile has 3 cards with only the top card showing and so on. Each time you draw from the deck, you get 3 more cards.

Click Here for Blindfold Solitaire

THETA Poker Pro

Have fun building your virtual bankroll from nothing to ten million smackeroos and a World Championship Title. Share your best hands (or worst bad beats) with your friends through Twitter, Facebook, or Email with a quick swipe and a few taps.

Click Here for THETA Poker Pro

A Blind Legend

It’s the first-ever mobile action-adventure game without video – where ears replace eyes! Discover the original, innovative sensory experience of binaural 3D sound. HEADPHONES ARE COMPULSORY! AUDIO GAME FULLY ACCESSIBLE TO BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE Your eyes will be of no help. So close them, sharpen your hearing and your blade… And embark on an epic, perilous rite of passage.

Click Here for Nearby Explorer

Category: Entertainment

TV Guide Mobile by TV Guide

Get the ultimate TV companion with TV Guide's official app!

It makes TV simple again with the best listings grid ever.

Set up alerts so you'll never miss another live airing.

Add shows to your Watchlist, view your favorite channels, share what you're watching with friends on social networks, get the latest breaking news, and photos.

Watch exclusive videos and read episode recaps. Find out what time and channel shows are on and access quick episode summaries

Click Here for TV Guide Mobile

YouPlayer

YouPlayer is an unofficial YouTube app designed exclusively for iOS.

YouPlayer is an accessible native app that feels right at home on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

Easily browse videos wherever you are, and play in whatever quality you choose.

The exclusive Kids Space feature, (premium only), allows you to lock YouPlayer to showing only a set of videos, channels & playlists that you choose.

Click Here for YouPlayer

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We have an Apple Devices Club that meets on the third Friday of every month.

The Apple Devices Club members holding up their Apple Devices.

It's free to our Blind patrons and don't forget to bring your iPad, iPod, or your iPhone. We meet from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on every third Friday.

If you have an iOS app suggestion, feel free to email Feliciano Godoy at: fgodoy@blindnesssupport.com with the name and link to the app.

If you want more information you can contact us at the main office by calling:
(951) 341-9244.