Access tens of thousands of books—from current best sellers to much-loved classics, popular magazines, and music instruction and scores in audio and electronic braille formats, with new selections added daily.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
This app allows access for eligible users who have enrolled in the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) at the Library of Congress. To enroll call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323) and follow the prompts for your state. You can also request enrollment information at https://www.loc.gov/thatallmayread.
If you are already registered for NLS service, contact your cooperating NLS library to request your BARD account. You can find your library by visiting https://www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/find-a-local-library/.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
BARD Mobile is a service of NLS. NLS provides free audio and braille reading materials to residents of the United States and American citizens living abroad who cannot read standard print. If you are blind or have temporary or permanent low vision or a disability that prevents you from reading or holding the printed page, you may be eligible for this program. For more information on eligibility, visit https://www.loc.gov/nls/about/eligibility-for-nls-services or contact your cooperating network library.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
Audio materials downloaded from BARD can be played directly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To read braille materials, you will need to connect a refreshable braille display to your device using Bluetooth.
Click here to read more or to download BARD Mobile
Be My Eyes
Need a pair of sharp eyes? Or have some sight to lend? Be My Eyes is a simple, free tool to see the world better, together.
Be My Eyes connects you with a global community of volunteers and company representatives who are ready at a moment’s notice to help you see – to lend their eyesight and support with everyday tasks.
Be My Eyes is a multi-lingual support community millions strong, available globally day or night, and has volunteers answering calls in more than 185 languages. Join the community today!
If you have eyesight you want to share, sign up as a volunteer and answer calls from a person in need! Tasks are usually completed in just a few minutes, and if you’re busy there’s no need to answer – someone else will get it.
WHAT CAN VOLUNTEERS HELP YOU WITH?
Reading home appliances, reading product labels, matching outfits and identifying clothes, help in the kitchen, reading digital displays or computer screens, navigating TV or game menus, operating vending machines or kiosks, sorting music collections or other libraries, picking jewelry or crafts and many other task!
Click here to read more or to download Be My Eyes
BlindSquare is pioneering accessible navigation both indoors and outdoors. Know where you are, know where you’re going, travel with confidence.
BlindSquare is a new solution that combines the latest technology to help the blind with their daily lives. It has been developed in collaboration with blind people and carefully field tested. You need either an iPhone or an iPad to get started. It also supports some additional accessories to enhance the experience.
How does it work?
BlindSquare uses GPS and the compass to locate you. It then gathers information about the surrounding environment from FourSquare. BlindSquare has some unique algorithms to decide what information is the most relevant and then speaks it to you with high quality speech synthesis.
“What’s the most popular café within 200 meters radius? Where is the post office or the library?”
You can control BlindSquare also through voice commands. The Voice Command feature is a premium service requiring purchase of credits for continuous use. Voice Command Credits are available as an in-app purchase on the App Store.
Using BlindSquare as a GPS solution:
When you start the app, it will start telling you the interesting places and street crossings around you. By changing the radius, you can limit the area you are interested in. You can also search by search term or by category. You can select an interesting place from the search results and perform the following tasks:
1) Get contact info (address, phone number)
2) Open twitter feed or restaurant menu (if provided)
3) Make a phone call
4) Start tracking the place (BlindSquare will assist you by repeating the distance and the clock face direction)
5) Start your favourite navigator for turn-by-turn instructions (TomTom, Navigon or Apple Maps)
Click here to read more or download BlindSuare
DiceWorld® voted Game of the Year by AppleVis.com!
6 great dice games in a friendly gaming community for everyone to enjoy!
As always it is completely accessible to the visually impaired, allowing EVERYONE to play on a level playing field! #everyoneplays!
The fun going viral around the globe! Join in and meet new people while playing new dice games!
Includes Farkle, Yatzy, Pig, Threes, Balut and 1-4-24! Easy tutorials for all games!
Play friends, play tournaments, play funny computer players, play online or offline, play however and whenever you want. On YOUR schedule!
• Daily Tournaments!
• Turn based game play. There is no need for both players to be online at the same time.
• Leaderboards – Are you good enough to make it onto the worldwide leader board? Represent your country!
• Chat with your friends during game play!
Click here to read more or to download Dice World
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.
Click here to download or read more about DoorDash.
Discover the world with GoodMaps Explore.
Accurate indoor* and outdoor† information and navigation for people who are blind or visually impaired.
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.
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.
Click here to download or read more about Just Press Record.
Listen to thousands of live radio stations, tune in to podcasts and stream unlimited music playlists for any mood or activity, all in one app. The iHeartRadio app for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch is easy to use and best of all, it’s FREE.
Download the iHeartRadio iOS app today and enjoy your favorite music, live & local radio stations, playlists, and podcasts!
The Best Local Radio Stations Live
• Discover thousands of live and local AM and FM radio stations near you and from cities all over the world.
• Our Radio App allows you to listen to top radio stations, news, sports, music, talk and comedy.
• Stream sports radio stations like ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio, FNTSY Sports Radio, etc.
• Hear top sports personalities discuss the latest news around the NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA, NBA, Soccer, Golf, and Tennis.
Click here to read mor or to download IHeart Radio
Lazarillo – Accessible GPS
LazarilloApp the GPS for people who are blind or have low vision, lets you explore the world around you and set up routes.
Lazarillo is a specialized GPS app that brings mobility tools for people who are blind. Using audio messages, Lazarillo will tell you about nearby places,
the street you are walking on, street intersections in your way and more! Like a radio, Lazarillo will announce the things around you while you are moving.
This app was designed and implemented with active feedback from people who are blind.
The GPS resource is used even if the App is in the background. This allows the user to keep using the app without active usage of the screen, so they can
still enjoy the features of Lazarillo even when their phone is in their pocket or when using other relevant apps.
Note : “Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.”
This app allows you to use its accessibility functions for free, just requires mobile data or a Wi-Fi connection.
Clivk here to read or to download lazarillo
Microsoft Soundscape uses 3D audio technology to enhance your awareness of what is around you, and thereby help you get around and explore your surroundings.
Soundscape will place audio cues and labels in 3D space such that they sound like they are coming from the direction of the points of interest, parks, roads and other features in your surroundings.
You will need a pair of stereo headsets that you feel comfortable wearing outdoors. For example, bone conduction headsets, Apple AirPods and in-ear open headphones have proven to work well.
Soundscape is designed to live in the background and provide you with effortless ambient awareness. Therefore, feel free to use it in conjunction with other apps such as podcasts, audio books, email and even GPS navigation.
– As you walk, Soundscape will automatically call out the key points of interest, roads and intersections that you pass. These can be adjusted and turned on and off.
– An audio beacon can be placed on a point of interest, and you will hear it as you move around. You can place an audio beacon on a point of interest that you would like to track such as your destination, a point to return to or a landmark you are familiar with.
– “My Location” describes your current location and the direction you are facing.
– “Nearby Markers” describes nearby places you have marked.
– “Around Me” describes nearby points of interest in each of the four cardinal directions, helping with orientation. Try this out when getting off a bus or leaving a train station.
– “Ahead of Me” describes points of interest in front of you, for example when walking down the street.
– The expandable Callout History section lets you review callouts you have heard, repeat callouts, hear more information about them, and more.
Click here to read or to
download Microsoft Soundscape
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.
Click here to download or read more about Microsoft One Drive.
Put the power and inspiration of the nation’s largest organization of blind people in your pocket. The improved and redesigned NFB Connect app is here!
Get up to date on the latest Federation news. Read posts from our blog, the Voice of the Nation’s Blind. Listen to the Nation’s Blind podcast, the Presidential Release (in English or Spanish), the Braille Monitor, and Future Reflections.
Traveling? You can find the closest chapter meeting wherever you are. And you can see what’s happening throughout the Federation by checking out Upcoming Events.
Fully accessible with VoiceOver, NFB Connect keeps you plugged into the Federation while you’re out living the life you want
Click here to read or to download NFB Connect
400 newspapers and magazines PLUS emergency weather alerts and seven day forecasts, personalized television listings, and now retail ads.
NFB-NEWSLINE® is a free service available to anyone who is blind, visually impaired, or print-disabled. It offers over four hundred publications to choose from, including ten national newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today, sixteen breaking news sources such as CNN, BBC, and ESPN Online, fourteen international newspapers including Financial Times and Vancouver Sun, and countless state newspapers, as well as fifty magazines like Reader’s Digest, Time, Everyday With Rachel Ray, Guideposts, PC World, Mac World, and more. For a complete list of available publications, please visit https://nfb.org/participating-newspapers.
Another feature of NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile is the localized weather alerts. Have you heard the emergency alert tone on the television but are unable to read the message scrolling on the screen? Now you can simply sign into NFB-NEWSLINE® and the text of the alert will be read to you on the spot. Any available weather alerts will be provided as soon as you sign into NFB-NEWSLINE®. NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile now uses your device’s GPS, so your weather alerts and forecasts go with you wherever you go.
NFB-NEWSLINE® also has TV Listings so you can keep track of your favorite shows, and receive the latest retail ads.
NFB-NEWSLINE®’s wide array of publications and announcements can be accessed anytime you choose, on your schedule, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and it’s always free.
To use this app, you must be a NFB-NEWSLINE® subscriber with a valid identification and security code. Eligible NFB-NEWSLINE® subscribers may install and use this app on up to five devices.
Click here to read or to download NFB-Newsline 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.
Click here to download or read more about ScriptTalk Mobile.
Spotify is the best way to listen to music and podcasts on mobile or tablet.
Search for any track, artist or album and listen for free. Make and share playlists. Build your biggest, best ever music collection.
Get inspired with personal recommendations, and readymade playlists for just about everything.
Spotify also offers thousands of Podcasts, including originals that you can’t find anywhere else.
Spotify for your Apple Watch gives you the ability to seamlessly access and control your favorite music and podcasts from your wrist.
Listen absolutely free with ads, or get Spotify Premium.
Free on mobile
Play any artist, album, or playlist in shuffle mode.
Free on tablet
Play any song, any time.
Play any song, any time on any device: mobile, tablet or computer.
Enjoy ad-free music.
Click here to read more or download Spotify
TapTapSee – powered by CloudSight.ai Image Recognition API
TapTapSee is designed to help the blind and visually impaired identify objects they encounter in their everyday lives.
Simply tap anywhere on the screen to take a picture. TapTapSee can photograph any two or three-dimensional object at any angle and speak the identification back to the user (Note: Spoken identification requires VoiceOver to be turned on).
TapTapSee helps blind and visually impaired users become more independent in their day-to-day activities.
TapTapSee has garnered multiple podcasts, reviews, as well as positive feedback within the community:
● “The biggest plus for the app is that it was designed specifically with blind and partially sighted people in mind.” – RNIB
● “The application simply works – whether you have taken a picture of a shirt, a plate, or a chair.” – Disabled-World.com
● “You see, TapTapSee is like a sighted assistant that never grow tired of you asking ‘what’s that?'” – CultofMac.com
● “This is beyond cool. It’s TapTapSee. It’s an app that allows visually impaired persons to snap quick photos to identify objects around them.” – iSmashPhone.com
● “The app is truly amazing because of its accuracy and detail it is able to provide in a short time.” – Bdmtech.blogspot.com
Click here to read more or to download TapTapSee
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.
Click here to download or read more about Spectrum Access.
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.
Click here to download or read more about Test Flight.
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.
Click here to download or read more about Voice
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.
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.
Click here to download or read more about Voice Dream Writer.
YouTube Music is a new music app that allows you to easily find what you’re looking for and discover new music. Get playlists and recommendations served to you based on your context, tastes, and what’s trending around you.
A new music streaming service from YouTube
This is a completely reimagined music service with official releases from your favorite artists.
Find the music you want
● Easily find the albums, singles, live performances, covers and remixes you’re looking for.
● Don’t know a song’s name? Just search the lyrics or describe it.
Discover new music
● Get music recommendations based on taste, location, and time of day.
● Use “The Hotlist” to keep up with what’s trending.
Click here to read more or download youTube Music
Zoom Cloud Meetings
Zoom is #1 in customer satisfaction and the best unified communication experience on mobile.
It’s super easy! Install the free Zoom app, click on “New Meeting,” and invite up to 100 people to join you on video! Connect with anyone on iPad, iPhone, other mobile devices, Windows, Mac, Zoom Rooms, H.323/SIP room systems, and telephones.
VIDEO MEETINGS FROM ANYWHERE
Best video meeting quality
Easily join a meeting or start an instant meeting with phone, email, or company contacts
Virtual backgrounds on iPhone 8, iPad 5, iPad Pro and all later models
Cost : Free
Click here to read mor or to download Zoom
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This group is for the discussion of how to use the Mac from a blind person’s point of view.
This group is for discussing the NLS BARD program.
We offer tech support on MS Office products using a screen reader whether it be Jaws or NVDA.. Support includes Word, Outlook, Excel etc.
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.
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.
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.
Victor Reader Stream
This group is for discussing the Victor Reader Stream as well as the Victor Reader Next Generation from HumanWare.
This group is for people using Apple products with the built in accessibility features, all are welcome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blind Mice Mart
Offers some 70,000 products, from toys to tools to kitchen gadgets, many of which talk or feature Braille labels.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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