Technology Resources

IOS Apps

 
 

DoorDash

Delivery anywhere you are. DoorDash offers the greatest selection of your favorite local and national restaurants — more than 310,000 menus across 4,000+ cities in the U.S.,Canada and Australia. Spend more time doing the things you love — we’ll take care of the rest.
YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS JUST A FEW TAPS AWAY
Choose from a huge variety of cuisines, from your local sushi spot to the comfort food you crave. Get your favorite meals faster with quick and easy ordering.
Cost: Free
Click here to download or read more about DoorDash.
 

Good Maps

Discover the world with GoodMaps Explore.
Accurate indoor* and outdoor† information and navigation for people who are blind or visually impaired.
FEATURES
Get started quickly with help from easy, accessible tutorials.
Select a Favorite POI or address to quickly set as a destination.
Search for POIs indoors or outdoors.
Locate nearby intersections.
Integration with Be My Eyes to provide live visual assistance.
Cost: Free
Click here to download or read more about Good Maps.
 

Just Press Record

Just Press Record is the ultimate mobile audio recorder bringing one tap recording, transcription and iCloud syncing to all your devices. You can edit your audio and transcriptions right inside the app and even start a new recording completely hands-free with Siri!
Life is full of moments we would rather not forget – like your child’s first words, an important meeting or spontaneous idea. Capture these moments effortlessly on iPhone, iPad or for ultimate convenience, Apple Watch.
Cost: $4.99
Click here to download or read more about Just Press Record.
 

Microsoft One Drive

Microsoft OneDrive keeps your photos and files backed up, protected, synced, and accessible on all your devices. The OneDrive app lets you view and share OneDrive files, documents, photos, and videos with friends and family. You can use the app to automatically back up your phone’s photos and videos. Start with 5 GB of free cloud storage or upgrade to a Microsoft 365 subscription to get 1 TB of storage.
Cost: Free
Click here to download or read more about Microsoft One Drive.
 

ScripTalk Mobile

ScripTalk Mobile by En-Vision America, Inc., allows ios devices with Near Field Communication (NFC) capability to read ScripTalk Talking Labels. These special labels are adhesive RFID tags attached to medication containers by pharmacies participating in the ScriptAbility accessibility program. The patented ScripTalk system uses text-to-speech technology to provide the visually and reading-impaired with audible prescription information. Currently, there are many people that have difficulty reading or understanding the contents and instructions of their prescription medications. The small print and look-alike packaging of medicine vials can lead to confusion, non-compliance, and mistakes. En-Vision America has created a solution to this serious issue with ScripTalk Mobile.
Cost: Free
Click here to download or read more about ScriptTalk Mobile.
 

Spectrum Access

Welcome to Spectrum Access, formerly known as Actiview. Enjoy free audio descriptions and closed captioning for the movies and TV shows you love. Download your preferred assistive track, choosing from over 300 titles. Sync your tracks to the TV with your device’s microphone. Sit back and enjoy an inclusive entertainment experience.
Cost: free
Click here to download or read more about Spectrum Access.
 

TestFlight

TestFlight makes it easy to test beta versions of iOS, tvOS, and watchOS apps and provide valuable feedback to developers before they release their apps on the App Store. To become a tester, simply follow a developer’s public link or the link in an email invitation a developer sent you. TestFlight will open so you can accept your invitation to install the developer’s app.
Cost: Free
Click here to download or read more about Test Flight.
 

Twitterrific

Twitterrific is the award-winning, elegant Twitter client that’s easy to understand and a delight to use. Tweeting has never been simpler or so much fun!
Browse Twitter free from the clutter of promoted tweets. Easily search for the perfect GIF or meme when composing tweets. Use Muffles to hide tweets containing words, phrases, people and hashtags from the timeline that you don’t want to see. Customize fonts, appearances, image thumbnails and more via the theme panel. Quickly respond to tweets, change accounts or view conversation threads with a minimum of effort using gestures. Rich media support means GIFs and videos play right in the timeline.
Robust VoiceOver support means Twitterrific is fully accessible. Extensive keyboard shortcuts make Twitterrific a breeze to use with an external keyboard.
Cost: Free (Offers in app purchases)
Click here to download or read more about Twitterrific .
 

Voice Dream Reader

Featured by Apple as Best New App and App of the Day in 81 countries including the United States and part of App Store Permanent Collections in Education.
“This app is one of the best educational finds of my entire career.” – Forbes
“As a user myself and as a mother of a child with dyslexia, I am blown away by the features of Voice Dream.” – Quartz
“Voice Dream Reader is hailed by many as the best mobile text-to-speech (TTS) app.” – Examiner
Supported Document Formats
– PDF, Plain text, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, RTF, and Google Docs.
– Web articles.
– EPUB eBooks. (DRM-free books only. Kindle, iBooks and most commercial eBook platforms are not supported.)
– Bookshare Books.
– DAISY text-based books and audiobook.
– Audiobooks in MP3, MP4 or zipped MP3 format.
– Rich text and image support for all documents.
Cost: $14.99
Click here to download or read more about Voice
Dream Reader.

 

Voice Dream Scanner

Scan paper documents with the camera and recognize text. Listen using built-in text-to-speech. Save and export. Unlimited use: no subscriptions or additional charges.
State-of-the-art A.I. for OCR and text recognition: Fast and accurate, even in poor lighting conditions. Works entirely on device: No need for internet and your data stays private.
ScanTone, a sound that represents the amount of recognizable text in the camera’s field of view in real time. It uses artificial intelligence to analyze the live feed from the camera for text, angle, rotation, and document edges.
Export scans as plain text or PDF with embedded text to another app, or save them on your local device, iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive.
Works with Voice Dream Reader, our full-featured text-to-speech reader. After downloading this app, you will be able access the scanner directly from Reader. In addition, you’ll be able to read scanned PDF documents in Reader.
Cost: $5.99
Click here to download or read more about Voice dream Scanner.
 

Voice Dream Writer

Voice Dream Writer helps everyone write better: Text-to-speech proofreading reduce 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.
• Featured in the US App Store Education Collection.
• “Voice Dream Writer’s technically designed for people with reading disabilities, but it’s useful for just about anyone ++who needs a little help proofing.” – Lifehacker
Text-To-Speech Proofreading. Professional proofreaders recommend reading out loud as the best way to catch mistakes. Like a personal proofreader, Voice Dream Writer reads your writing using text-to-speech, so you can easily spot awkward sentences, grammatical errors and typos. Also, it can read words and sentences as you type or voice dictate. This way, you can type faster because you no longer have to look up to check the text you just wrote.
Cost: $5.99
Click here to download or read more about Voice Dream Writer.
 

Technology E-Mail Groups

 
 

Computer Science & Technology Division of NFB of SC

The CSTD of SC created this group in order to communicate with others pertaining to assistive technology, conferences, trainings, webinars, updates to technology, ETC. When the CSTD meets, the information needed to join our meeting will be posted to this group as well! Information will also be shared here from other list serves that pertain to technology. Everyone is welcome to join, no matter where you live!
cstdofsc+subscribe@googlegroups.com.
 

Blind Slackers

This group has been set up to discuss the Slack application. Slack is used in some corporate environments for group conversations as well as for one on one chats with coworkers.
blind-slackers+subscribe@groups.io.
 

DB-Review

This group is for Blind and visually impaired subscribers to post reviews of books available on NLS BARD. There is no standard of requirements on how you write the review, and you aren’t forced to review anything to belong to the list if you choose not to. Obviously, reviews make the list better but it is not required. We iron-clad insist that books reviewed be available from BARD. We also insist on the discussion being centered either on books or NLS collection development.
db-review+subscribe@groups.io.
 

Echo group

We provides support for all echo devices. We answer questions you might have about the basic use of the Echo and trouble-shoot problems you might be having. We also provide new skills that you might find useful or entertaining.
echo+subscribe@groups.io.
 

iDevices

This list serve provides support for all iDevices including iPhone, iPad, iPod and the Apple Watch. We also offer tip and tricks and new apps that assist the blind and visually impaired. This list is moderated by Rita Howells and Denny Huff.
idevices+subscribe@groups.io.
 

Mac Visionaries

This group is for the discussion of how to use the Mac from a blind person’s point of view.
macvisionaries+subscribe@googlegroups.com.
 

NLS BARD

This group is for discussing the NLS BARD program.
Bardtalk+subscribe@groups.io.
 

Office Access

We offer tech support on MS Office products using a screen reader whether it be Jaws or NVDA.. Support includes Word, Outlook, Excel etc.
office-access+subscribe@groups.io.
 

Office Accessibility

This group is for the discussion of Microsoft Office applications. This includes Word, Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint, Access and Publisher. It is not for discussing Web browsers or other products which are not from Microsoft. All platforms can be discussed, such as using Office on the Mac or on a mobile device.
office-accessibility+subscribe@groups.io.
 

Philadelphia Computer Users Group

This group was formed primarily to provide support for visually impaired users of assistive technology in or around the Philly area. Meetings are conducted virtually using the Zoom platform and are typically held during the last Friday of every other month at 8:00 PM Eastern Time, although the schedule can change depending on the timing of major holidays. The list is used for participants to ask questions or to provide answers and support to others. The moderator also reposts articles from various sources covering aspects of mainstream technology which may be applicable and relevant to blind computer users. Announcements regarding various technology conferences are also posted. People outside of the Philly area are more than welcome to subscribe.
blind-philly-comp+subscribe@groups.io.
 

Teams Access

This group is for asking questions and providing support for Microsoft Teams. Teams is used in many corporate environments for conducting virtual meetings, group conversations, one on one chat and file sharing. Using Teams on other platforms can also be discussed, such as using Teams on a mobile device.
teams-access+subscribe@groups.io.
 

Victor Reader Stream

This group is for discussing the Victor Reader Stream as well as the Victor Reader Next Generation from HumanWare.
Victor+subscribe@groups.io.
 

V iPhone

This group is for people using Apple products with the built in accessibility features, all are welcome.
viphone+subscribe@googlegroups.com.
 

Zoom Users

This group is for the discussion of the Zoom platform which is now being used by many individuals and organizations to host virtual meetings. Questions are welcome regarding using Zoom on Windows, the Mac, iOS and Android. Both new users and experts alike are encouraged to subscribe.
zoom-users+subscribe@groups.io.
 

Website Resources

 
 

AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND (AFB)

The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. We mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data.
Who We Are
Since 1921, AFB has been a leader in expanding possibilities for the nearly 25 million Americans living with vision loss. A national nonprofit, we champion access and equality, and stand at the forefront of new technologies and evidence-based advocacy. We address the most pressing needs of people with vision loss and their families, breaking down societal barriers and promoting broad systemic change. Like Helen Keller, AFB’s most famous ambassador, we are committed to creating a more equitable world for people with disabilities.
AFB.org
 

AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE (APH)

The APH Mission
Empowering people who are blind or visually impaired by providing accessible and innovative products, materials and services for lifelong success.
We believe the future belongs to everyone.
APH.org
 

AppleVis

A community-powered website for blind and low-vision users of Apple’s range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.AppleVis strives to empower the community by offering multiple pathways to access and share relevant and useful information. As a community, we seek to encourage and support people in exploring the many ways in which Apple products and related applications can offer opportunities to the vision-impaired for personal enrichment, independence and empowerment. AppleVis also offers resources and mechanisms for raising awareness of the accessibility of Apple products and related applications, and for promoting further advancement in accessibility.
AppleVis.com
 

A T Guys

Product or Service: Your leader in affordable technology including: iPhone and Android accessories, keyboards, headsets, speakers, cases, the iGrill kitchen thermometer, Braille displays, and other cool gadgets.
ATGuys.com
 

Blind Abilities

We can then bridge the Gap between the limited expectations and the realities of Blind Abilities.”
The Free Blind Abilities App is the quickest way to reach your High School students, College bound Students and those seeking information about Blindness. All of our podcasts and blogs are created by fellow blind/Visually Impaired people who have or are breaking down the obstacles and sharing their experiences.
From accessing the voiceOver features on the iPhone or iPad to Cleaning a Bathroom with alternative Techniques, Blind Abilities draws from the community of members and not only share their experiences, they listen and offer advice when needed.
BlindAbilities.com
 

Blind Mice Mart

Offers some 70,000 products, from toys to tools to kitchen gadgets, many of which talk or feature Braille labels.
BlindMiceMart.com
 

Future Aids: The Braille Super Store

Thousands of Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products. We have unbeatable prices, fast, free shipping, and great customer service!
Touch Tomorrow
BbrailleBookStore.com
 

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The mission of Hadley is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower adults with vision loss or blindness to thrive – at home, at work, and in their communities.
Founded in 1920 by William Hadley, an educator who lost his eyesight later in life, Hadley offers practical help, connection and support free of charge to anyone with a visual impairment, their families and professionals supporting them. Providing online, large print, braille and audio media, Hadley serves nearly 150,000 individuals each year, reaching all 50 states and 100 countries. And more people learn braille from Hadley than from any other organization worldwide.
Hadley.edu
 

HALO Tactile Icons

HALOS tactile icons are shapes that represent common features on home appliances. We sell the tactile icons as stickers that can be applied directly to a touch surface control panel. These stickers identify both the location and the function of an appliance feature. They are like bump dots but smarter! We offer five tactile icon packages – microwave, oven, washer, keypad and home. The microwave, oven and washer packages contain two sets of 9 commonly used appliance features. For example the microwave package includes tactile icon stickers for start, stop, power level, add time, popcorn, pizza, potato, defrost and timer. The home package has over 60 icons to identify a variety of home appliance features. Finally our keypad package is used to label keypads commonly found on microwaves and ovens. We also offer custom labeling – just send us a picture of the appliance, plus the make and model and we will create a custom set of tactile icons for all the buttons on your appliance.
halos.com
 

Harbolt company

We at the Harbolt Company love what we do, and can’t wait for you to share in our passion for all things cool and accessible. Whether
you’re looking for some serious high end audio equipment, searching for the perfect accessory for your smartphone or mobile device, shopping for that elusive gift for the person who has everything, trying to locate that hard to find rare and unusual item, or just wanting something for yourself or for that special someone, we’ve got you covered. You’ve found the perfect place for fun, excitement, and accessibility. Most importantly, a place to feel right at home. We offer audio and written descriptions of all our products, so you’ll always know what you are getting. So, come join us in our unfailing love of all things unique.
HarboltCompany.com
 

Horizons for the Blind

Horizons for the Blind is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired, through our consumer products and services, the cultural arts, education and recreation.
We believe that the 21.2 million* blind and visually impaired people in the U.S. have the right to fully experience life with equal access to consumer information, printed materials and cultural and social events. As a not-for-profit organization, we offer the highest quality transcription services at competitive prices, due in part to our blind or visually impaired proofreaders who are certified by the National Library System.
Horizons-Blind.org
 

Independent Living Aids

Independent Living Aids, LLC is the oldest privately-held, mail-order company in the United States of products for individuals who are visually impaired or blind. For forty years, we have been providing essential aids with our superb service, and we are proud to be a trusted source of products for the blind and visually impaired. We offer carefully selected, quality products at reasonable prices.
Our goal is to help our customers remain independent. Each item we carry is chosen because it offers features that make it easier to use by individuals with vision problems or a hearing loss. Some items have LARGE print, many talk, others have tactile markings, Braille, vibration alerts, strobe lights or are just easy to use.
We have also expanded our product line for deaf and hard-of-hearing customers, with the acquisition of SoundBytes. We carry a comprehensive selection of popular, well- designed items to assist users in conversation, on the telephone, watching television, and other daily activities. We are also increasing our selection of “crossover” products for individuals with both a hearing and vision loss. Hearing loss can cause feelings of isolation and depression, and, as the population ages and more people lose their hearing, our simple, specially adaptive products can help many people communicate easily and therefore enjoy life more!
IndependentLivingAids.com
 

ibugtoday

Empowering the Blind Through Accessible Technology Training
iBUG Today, Inc. is a non-profit organization promoting the individual independence, social integration, and educational development of the blind and visually impaired community across the country through accessible technology training. iBUG (iBlind Users Group) endeavors to transform the blind community through accessible technology so they can live extraordinary lives full of independence, productivity, communication and social integration in a world where everything is within the realm of possibility.
More and more of our community are finding the Apple devices to be useful assistive technology tools in their daily lives. Whether at home, at work or school, or on the go – the accessibility features of the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac have cleared new pathways for the visually impaired to be more productive, consume online content, stay connected through social media and have fun.
Please explore our website to learn more about iBUG and for additional information related to our accessibility training.
IBUG Today.com
 

Mac for the Blind

Macfortheblind.com is a place specifically for blind people who are either users or potential users of Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I am a blind individual who has used the Mac ever since VoiceOver became available in OS 10.4 Tiger, and I own an iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Book Pro laptop computer, an iPhone 6S, an iPad Air, an Apple Watch and an Apple TV 4th Generation. In addition, I am an Authorized Apple Business Affiliate, and as an Apple Certified Support Professional and an Apple Certified Trainer, I offer training and technical support for individuals, agencies and organizations on the mac and all iDevices, as well as offering assistive technology consulting.
Mac for the Blind.com
 

National Federation of the Blind (NFB(

The National Federation of the Blind is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans. Founded in 1940 and currently headquartered in Baltimore MD, the NFB consists of affiliates, chapters, and divisions in all fifty states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.
Through our network of blind members, we coordinate many programs, services, and resources to defend the rights of blind Americans, provide information and support to blind children and adults, and build a community that creates a future full of opportunities.
We are the only organization that believes in the full capacity of blind people and has the power to transform our dreams into reality. We believe in blind people because we are blind people—from our democratically elected leaders to our diverse nationwide membership.
NFB.org
 

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