5 Great Apps for The Visually Impaired

November 14, 2015
Below is a list of some good iPad apps for people who are blind or have low vision. Besides apps to help visually impaired recognize colours and objects around them, we have also include ViA by Braille Institute which is an excellent app search engine for blond people. ViA allows you to search for apps specifically designed for the blind and in different categories including fun apps, educational apps, apps for colour detection and many more.1-ViA

‘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… ViA allows users to sort apps by category, price, and the App Store star rating. ViA has a forum to suggest and discuss apps with the ever-growing, interactive community of avid iOS users. It also links to external reviews, podcasts, and blogs that provide further insight into the use of a specific app. Users can track new apps that fall into the categories that interest them, making the process of locating appropriate apps even easier.’2- Dragon Dictation

‘Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard. With Dragon Dictation you can also dictate status updates directly to your Social Networking applications (Facebook and Twitter) or send notes and reminders to yourself….all using your voice. So when you’re on-the-go, stop typing and start speaking – from short text messages to longer email messages, and anything in between. ‘
3- Light Detector

‘If you are blind, Light Detector helps you to be more independent in many daily activities. At home, point your iPhone towards the ceiling to understand where the light fixtures are and whether they are switched on. In a room, move the device along the wall to check if there is a window and where it is. You can find out whether the shades are drawn by moving the device up and down. ‘4- Color ID

‘Color Identifier uses the camera on your iPhone or iPod touch to speak the names of colors in real-time. It’s an Augmented Reality app for discovering the names of the colors around you!’

‘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 (Note: Spoken identification requires VoiceOver to be turned on).’

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