Vision - Accessible Apps for VIPS
Note: this list is by no means comprehensive or exhaustive - I will only list apps here that I, colleagues or students have had experience using successfully . Here are some links to works by other teachers who have attempted to compile apps suitable for working with children who are blind or have low vision to supplement this document. All apps work with both voiceover and zoom unless explicitly stated otherwise.
|Apps / Lists|
Reminders and Calendar (iOS)
|Apple’s standard applications, Reminders and Calendar are accessible apps for the blind and allow our students to have an accessible diary + calendar for setting homework tasks and putting important dates with the calendar. You can also sync the students calendar with your school calendar depending on the software you are running your calendar with.|
How to sync with google calendar
How to quickly add reminders to your calendar using voiceover
Ariadne GPS (iOS)
Voice Brief (iOS)
“Voice Brief is a great utility for anyone, but for
the vision impaired it is particularly useful. With
the touch of a button Voice Brief reads your
email, Twitter feed, weather, stock prices, RSS
and Facebook feeds. This time saving app is
fully configurable and works flawlessly. The
voices are natural and clear. Are you interested
but hesitant to spend the $3.99 on VoiceBrief?
Then we have great news! There is a free lite
version so give it a try at no risk.”
List Recorder (iOS)
Price: free light version or 7.99 to buy
“This feature-rich application allows users to record and organize lists using audio or text. List Recorder is designed to integrate with VoiceOver as well as Braille displays. Replay, sort, delete or email recordings with ease using custom gestures such as tilt and tap. The recording quality is excellent and the app has options such as a level meter, optional stereo and your choice of recording formats. The light version, which limits the user to 10 seconds per recording, is a great way to test List Recorder. If you like it, you have the option of buying the full version for $7.99 as an in-app purchase.
|Omoby is a free app that allows you to take photos of items and checks the photo with an internet database and tells you what item you are looking at within 5 seconds to a minute- i have extensively tested this app with various items and it’s a very accurate and useful app.|
(Free) iTunes link
VizWiz works similiarly to oMoby except that it allows you to attach a specific audio question to the photo you are taking such as “what SPF is this sunscreen?” “do my pants match my shirt?” “How much salt does this product contain” “which of these items is cheaper”. The photo and the sound recording of your question are then sent to an internet database as well as volunteers- you can also link the app to a twitter or facebook account and recieve an answer very quickly.
Awareness! The headphone app
Blind people who rely on their hearing for awareness and navigation risk losing themselves to the digital world when they wear their headphones- this app will feed audio through the iphone’s microphone from the environment so you will be able to hear sounds from the environment as well as the sounds from voiceover, music, or your app.