Last updated May 4, 2019

The following are recommended Apps to choose from that are not installed from the factory which may be useful. No one needs all of them. Note: always read the description in the app store for more information and to decide if an app is likely to be useful to you and to check the price.

Reading and Writing


BARD Mobile, free:

This app allows you to search for and read Braille and audio books and magazines from the National Library Service. You can search the BARD website and save books to your wishlist. By going to your Wish List, they can be downloaded to your device. Up to five devices can be used with one user account. Note, a braille display is required to read braille material.
BARD Mobile in the App store

Voice Dream Reader version 4 - Text to Speech, $14.99

I highly recommend this app for reading Bookshare books. Also gives access to Dropbox files, Project Gutenberg books, web pages, Word files, PDF files, and more. You can select your default voice, you get one Acapella voice free with the app. You also have access to all the languages of the built-in voiceover voices. You can purchase other voices from Acapella, Neo Speech and Ivona. *Note: you cannot read books made for a specific format like iBooks, Nook, Kindel, etc. However, with Kindle books, there is a PC utility you can use to convert Kindle books so they can be read using Voice Dream Reader, see Codex below.
Voice Dream Reader in the App Store

Voice Dream Scanner by Voice Dream LLC., $5.99

winston Chen, who developed Voice Dream Reader and Writer, has developed an OCR Scanner that is better than any other OCR app on the market, bar none! You can save documents as PDF or text, though the PDF is fabulous because it retains the formatting, graphics, and is completely accessible with a screen reader.

If you turn on Edge Detection and auto Capture, and hold the iPhone steady, it will capture the image automatically. I have tested it free-hand and wiht the Fopydo scanning Stand. It is amazing. It completely out performs KNFB Reader
You can use a batch mode and process all the pages when you are done, or save the first page and then continue adding pages to that scan.
The Scanner can be used as a stand-alone app or in conjunction with Voice Dream reader.
Be sure and update Voice Dream Reader because there is an option to add documents to whichever folder you are in directly from within Voice Dream Reader by using the scanner.
The Scanner app uses the Voice Dream voices that you already have, or you can use any of the iOS voices.

Voice Dream Scanner on the App Store

AppleVis Podcast on Voice Dream Scanner

Thomas Donville has done a thorough podcast on Voice Dream Scanner. You can listen to it at the following link:
Voice Dream Scanner Podcast

Voice Dream Products Email list

If you want a list dedicated to discussing all Voice Dream LLC. products, click on the following link to send an Email to: Subscribe to Voice Dream Products discussion list

Codex by James Scholes

Here is a little section from his web site. I encourage any avid readers to follow the link below and read about it and install the utility.

A few years ago, I wrote a tutorial which guided people through the installation and configuration of software for the purposes of gaining access to books purchased from the Amazon Kindle Store. The guide proved popular, but it required heavy use of the command line, making it unsuitable and daunting for quite a lot of people, not to mention that it was an absolute nightmare to troubleshoot if anything went wrong. Which it frequently did.
Subsequently, in 2014, I started to develop a small prototype application to make the process easier and more intuitive, not only for people wanting to read Kindle eBooks, but also for me when people needed help. I named it Codex, a word used from the 16th century onwards to denote, now ancient, manuscripts in book form. In the second half of 2015, I finally rewrote that prototype to include the functionality I wanted it to have from the start, and the software is now publically available to download.

Please note, that you can only convert books you have purchased and only for your use--you cannot share them with others without violating the copyright laws and cheating the author out of their tiny royalties.
In order to convert your Kindle books with Codex, you will need to install Kindle For PC version 1.17, which you can get here:
Codex project web site

Audible app, free

Requires an Audible account, but any books you purchase from audible can be down loaded directly to your device.
Transfer books to your device over wi-fi. Chapter navigation, bookmarking, sleep mode, variable narration speed, button-free Mode. Multitasking for background downloading and listening. Switch between reading and listening with Whispersync for Voice (compatible Kindle app or device required)
Audible app in the App Store

iBooks, Free

This app from Apple allows you to read most ePub and PDF documents/books. It gives you access to free as well as books for purchase through the iBookStore. These are books in text format that can be read either on the screen or by using VoiceOver. All the books provided through the ibookStore are supposed to be accessible.
iBooks in the App Store

Learning Ally app (formerly, RFB&D Audio App), Free

This is the app from Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.) It allows one to listen to their books on any of the iDevices. It is fully accessible with VoiceOver. Includes bookmarking, page and chapter navigation and the ability to change the playback rate. Learning Ally has created a new Download Manager that makes it much easier to down load their books for DAISY players or the Apple IOS devices. Note: A Learning Ally membership is required.
Learning Ally app in the App Store

Kindle, Free

Amazon released a fully accessible version of their Kindle app for the Apple devices. These are eBooks that you read on the screen or with Voiceover.
Kindle app in the App Store

Nook, Free

The Nook app is now fully accessible with VoiceOver. There is even an accessibility tutorial when you start the app. This gives access to the Nook eBooks from Barnes and Noble either visually on the screen, or using VoiceOver.
Nook app in the App Store

OverDrive Media Console, Free

Read eBooks and listen to audiobooks from your library using OverDrive Media Console on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. More than 22,000 libraries worldwide offer titles via OverDrive, so download the app and add your library today.
A valid account with a participating library, school, or other institution is required.
New look. Simplified menus put everything a swipe and a tap away. Sync recent position and bookmarks across devices using OverDrive.
Please note: OverDrive Media Console v3 must be installed on all devices. OverDrive Media Console v3 must be authorized with the same Adobe ID on all devices.
OverDrive in the App Store

Read2Go, $19.99

Not recommended unless you use a braille display. It may work better with a braille display than Voice Dream Reader, though Voice Dream Reader has gotten much better with a braille display. This is the app from Bookshare that allows you to search their catalog, down load books directly from Bookshare on the device, and read them with Acapella Ryan or Heather, or with the built-in VoiceOver voices.
Read2Go in the App Store


VoiceDream Writer, $9.99

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 still organized and improves the structure of your writing.
Writer automatically creates an outline of headings, paragraphs and sentences. The Outline helps you structure your document better by giving you an always-on overview. You can also quickly navigate to a section in a long document without endless scrolling. You can also drag and drop elements in the Outline to organize your writing. No more selecting, cutting and pasting large blocks of text.
If you also have Voice Dream Reader, any extra voices you purchased with Reader are available in Writer.
Voice Dream Writer in the App Store

Meteor Notes, $2.99

Text writing app with the ability to create folders, sync with DropBox and is completely VoiceOver friendly. Uses .txt files. There is a lite version that is free so you can try before buying.
Meteor notes in the App Store

NoteMaster, $4.99 or less

This is a plain text editor that will sync with DropBox or Google Docs. It has the usual options of e-mailing documents, printing to an air-print printer, etc. There is a free lite version you can try out that limits the number of documents you can have.
NoteMaster in the App Store

Accessnote, Free

Note taking app designed by American Foundation for the Blind, with seamless navigation, automatic saving, cursor tracking, and DropBox Integration. Compatibility with Bluetooth keyboards and wireless braille displays.
AccessNote in the App Store

Pages, $9.99, but free with more recent devices

Pages is the Apple word processor for mobile devices. Create, edit, and view documents. Pages works with iCloud, so your documents stay up to date on all your devices automatically. This app works much better with a Bluetooth keyboard or wireless braille display.
pages in the App Store

Notes, included on your iDevice, free

With Notes in iOS 9 you can turn a list into an interactive checklist with a single tap. Or easily add a photo, map, or URL to a note. You can even draw a sketch with your finger on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. And thanks to iCloud, everything in your Notes are kept up to date across all your devices. So you can create a note on your Mac and check it on your iPhone when you're on the go. To use the new Notes. You can also sync notes from Microsoft Outlook and have them on your iDevice.

Microsoft Word

You can view and do basic editing of Word documents on your iDevices with a free Microsoft account. To use the full features of Word and other Microsoft Office products you will need an Office 365 subscription. But, the basic Word app and Microsoft accounts are free.

Microsoft Word in the app store

Camera Related

Note: Unless otherwise specified, these apps are best when used on the iPhone 4S (and above,) iPad 3rd gen and above and the iPod Touch 5th Generation. and above

OCR, Optical Character Recognition

Voice Dream Scanner by Voice Dream LLC., $5.99

winston Chen, who developed Voice Dream Reader and Writer, has developed an OCR Scanner that is better than any other OCR app on the market, bar none! You can save documents as PDF or text, though the PDF is fabulous because it retains the formatting, graphics, and is completely accessible with a screen reader.

If you turn on Edge Detection and auto Capture, and hold the iPhone steady, it will capture the image automatically. I have tested it free-hand and wiht the Fopydo scanning Stand. It is amazing. It completely out performs KNFB Reader
You can use a batch mode and process all the pages when you are done, or save the first page and then continue adding pages to that scan.
Be sure and update Voice Dream Reader because there will be an option to add documents by using the scanner.
The Scanner app uses the Voice Dream voices that you already have, or you can use any of the iOS voices.

Voice Dream Scanner on the App Store

Seeing AI: Talking Camera for the Blind, Free, by Microsoft Corporation

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. Optimized for use with VoiceOver, the app enables you to recognize:

Visit: for more details and instructional videos. Seeing AI in the App Store

Seeing AI Product Channel Demo

Below is a link to a showrtrecording demonstrating the product channel in the Seeing AI app. I did not say everything in the recording. Bar Codes are usually near the label seam on a can or bottle, on the bottom of boxes, along the seam of a bag, etc. When you hear the firstbeep on your device, turn the item slowly until you hear fast beeps. Then, slowly move the device closer to the item. When you are about 4 to 6 inches from the item, you should get results. SeeingAIProductChannelDemo.mp3

Prizmo Go - Instant Text Capture, By Creaceed SPRL, Free with InApp purchases

Description from the app store:
As of version 2.0, will recognize handwriting in English.
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. And if you've got a Mac, you can even copy/paste it there (*). No more retyping. Feels like magic, just at your finger tips. *Requires the Export App package $4.99.
* See the rest of the app description on the app store.
Prizmo Go on the App Store Creaceed SPRL Web SitePrizmo Go - Instant Text Capture Support

Prizmo, $9.99

Has two modes, Quick Capture that is designed to quickly read a page that you do not intend to save. (make sure in the options, Detect Page is turned on for Quick Capture. Especially when using with a scanning stand.) Create New Document, where you can scan several pages and then storfe them in one document. Prizmo does a good job of retaining basic formatting of documents.
Prizmo in the App Store

TextGrabber, $4.99

Provides fairly quick and accurate results.
TextGrabber in the App Store

Boop Light Detector by ariel anders, free

Boop is an an app to detect levels of light and interpret this information with sound. It allows its blind and visually impaired users to detect whether lights are on or off. It covers a broad range of light levels which spans from sensing daylight through open windows to checking whether the indicator light is on for a wifi router.
How to use
- Open app and accept permissions to use camera (first time only) - Point phone towards a light source - Listen and feel as your phone changes tone and frequency of vibration while getting closer to the light - Only the light level at the center of the camera (directly perpendicular to the phone face) is measured. Pointing the phone directly at the light source will get the highest reading.
Volume control
- Volume control buttons on side of phone control Boop's playback volume - Mute will completely turn off sound - Toggle vibrate on or off manually with the switch at the bottom of the app.
Voice over features
- 2 finger scrub to turn vibrate on or off - 2 finger double tap to close app - Tap center of app to read light level

For more information see our website Boop Light Detector in the app store

Light Detector, $0.99

Light Detector transforms any natural or artificial light source it encounters into sound. Light Detector is easy to use! Just run the application and point your iPhone camera in any direction. You will hear a higher or lower sound depending on the intensity of the light.
Tap on the screen to hear (if VoiceOver is enabled) the current luminosity value (from 0 to 100%). The result can be provided with a short delay (within three seconds). If you tap and hold, LightDetector stops playing. Useful to check lighting before attempting to perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition.)
Light Detector in the App Store

Scanning Stands

In case you find it difficult to hold the phone steady for OCR, or need to scan a large number of pages, here are some stands that make scanning easier.

Fopydo Scanning Stand for the Blind and Visually Impaired

FopyDo stands for Photo-Copy-Document. It is a great concept in stands. It measures 11.75 by 9.5 by .5 inches when folded up. It is made from corigated plastic, so it is light weight but very durable. It is easy to set up. The default height is 10.5 inches and works great for scanning an 8.5 by 11 inch sheet of paper. At it's tallest setting, it puts the device about 14 inches from the desk and will work for scanning legal sized documents or both pages of a book at once. It has a notch to help you place the camera correctly and it has a microsuction strip on the top to hold the device steady. It is strong enough to hold an iPad Mini. There are two square legs to help it remain stable.
Order directly from the manufacturer, Wardega Inc., by following the link below to the order form. it will be sent Free Matter and cost $12.00. The process sends an email to the email address entered on the form with the PayPal link to submit the payment (either credit card or using PayPal account). Each order is for a single stand.

FOPYDO Scanning Stand for the Blind Order Form

Instructions for using the FOPYDO Stand

ScanJig, $40.00 plus shipping

ScanJig is made from hard plastic and is quite durable. It uses room light or the camera flash for getting a good stand. It measures 9 by 13, by 1.5 inches when closed. The assembly instructions are good and you can call them to get help if necessary.
Phone: 800-390-1125
Web site:

StandScan Pro, $49.95

StandScan Pro is a document scanning stand that turns your mobile phone into a document scanner. Combined with any of the OCR apps, provides excellent access to documents for VoiceOver users. With the built-in LED lights, you don't have to worry about lighting in the room and since the phone is kept level and at the right height for getting a clear image of the document, the OCr results are quite excellent.
To read more or to order, go to:

Object Identification

Examine Clothes Color, free, by Masao MIYAKE, Doctor of Engineering

As of March 12, 2018, VoiceOver calls the app "Clothes Color." This app does a very good job identifying the colors of clothing and does not need access to the internet. It is not as good with patterns as TapTapSee, but is much faster. Open the app, double tap on the Examine button at the bottom of the screen, double tap on the Take Picture button and then double tap on the Use picture button. The built-in voice will speak each section. it will call seams, or wrinkles, stripes.
Examine Clothes Color on the App Store

TapTapSee - Blind & Visually Impaired Camera, now free

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 and hear the app speak the identification back to you. (Note: Spoken identification requires VoiceOver to be turned on) Also has the ability to identify US paper currency and colors.
TapTapSee in the App Store

Digit-Eyes, $9.99

Bar code and QR Code Reader app. Also, you can use labels to record audio labels for things. The labels are available from their web site:
Digit-eyes is continually adding more bar codes from all over the world. With each update, it seems to get faster at identifying bar codes. See their web site above for tips on finding Bar codes more easily.
Digit-Eyes in the App Store

Color Inspector By Aaron L'Heureux, Free or can pay what you will to remove ads.

Color Inspector is designed to help colorblind and other vision impaired people differentiate and identify difficult colors by evaluating live video to describe the color in view. With options like zoom, varying sample sizes, and torch settings*, it's easy to make sure you've got the right name for the right color.
Color Inspector features full VoiceOver support for its live color processing.
Please note that metallic and other shiny surfaces can easily take on the colors of the objects reflected in them and of the light around them. If you find colors that you believe were misidentified, please feel free to submit them as described in the application.
*Not all functionality is available on all devices.
What's New in Version 2.0
- New Feature: VoiceOver support. The app now has labels and hints for all actionable UI elements and also reads colors aloud as they are processed. Live color name announcements can be paused by magic tapping (two finger double tap). Instructions are available at startup and additional instructions are available in the info menu for those utilizing VoiceOver.
- New Feature: Hex values for colors. Tap the color indicator in the lower left to pause live color processing and the hex value will be shown.
- Now (finally) supports larger iPhone screen sizes without zooming.
- Improved color accuracy.
- Improved performance.
Support and Feedback
Color Inspector in the App Store

CamFind, free

CamFind is the very first mobile application that can photograph, identify, and provide information on virtually any object you desire to learn about. Simply take a photo of anything around you and receive relevant information about that object - including where you can buy it and web search results.
CamFind in the App Store

Be My Eyes  Helping blind see, Free

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.
They have recently begun a section to request help from a specific company. Microsoft Accessibility is the first to join with Be my Eyes to provide help if your computer stops speaking and you need expert help figuring out what is going on. Blind users can request help from a sighted person and the sighted users will then be called for help. As soon as the first sighted user accepts the request for help a live audio-video connection will be set up between the two and the sighted user can tell the blind person what she sees when the blind user points his phone at something using the rear-facing camera.
As a sighted user you don't need to worry about missing a call and 'leave a blind person hanging' - you are a part of the bigger Be My Eyes helper-network and we will find the next available sighted person in the network. The challenges that the blind person needs help with can be anything from knowing the expiry date on the milk to getting help crossing the street.
Note: We encourage blind users to be patient when requesting help because we rely on real people to help you.
- Live audio-video connection between blind and sighted users
- Add the languages you know under settings
- An easy way you can make a difference for blind people
Be My Eyes in the App Store

BeSpecular - Help The Blind By BeSpecular LTD, free

BeSpecular is the best way to do a good deed so that even when you have a busy schedule, you can help someone whos blind. As a blind/visually impaired person, you can ask text/voice questions and receive quick replies that are friendly and helpful.
Are you blind or visually impaired and need that extra little bit of help?
You can:
Ask your question and receive your reply shortly,
Use the app in various situations, e.g. getting more detailed descriptions of items youd like to buy online, read the ad insert you found in the mail, understand whats going on with your computer when your Screen Reader wont work,
Re-live memories with beautiful descriptions of your photographs, etc,
Remain on a first-name basis and not have to reveal any personal info,
Ask as many questions as often as youd like.
BeSpecular Support Email Bespecular in the App Store

VizWiz, Free

Take a picture of an object, record a question and submit it and a volunteer will look at the image and try to answer your question. Examples of questions are: Do my clothes match? Which can is chicken soup? What are the directions on this box?
VizWiz in the App Store

Money Identification

EyeNote money identifier from Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Free

As of January 22, 2018, the updated EyeNote. 3.0 app is now 64-bit and works on Apple mobile devices that support iOS version 9.1 or greater. These include Apple iPhone. 5 and newer models, 5th generation iPod. Touch and later generations, and iPad.2 and newer models.

Scanning Notes:
To complete a successful scan, the note should be positioned 6 to 8 inches away from the camera. The app must scan more than half of the note to recognize it. Adequate natural or artificial lighting is required for proper scanning, for ideal scanning conditions limit hand movement to reduce image blur. For best results, place the note on a flat surface. In Privacy mode, the app will not speak the denomination, but will communicate results back to the user with a pulse pattern (see below). On the iPhone, Privacy mode uses the vibration buzzer for the pulses. On the iPod Touch and iPad 2, Privacy mode uses an audible beep for the pulses. The patterns follow an easy sequential pattern:
Also, in the iOS Settings/Eyenote, you can toggle a settings menu on, so you can change from Speak, Tone, or Pulse in the app itself.
Make sure you set your device correctly:
Go to Settings, then Sounds. There are 2 Vibrate setting switches on this screen. At the top of the Sounds screen there is Silent, with a vibrate switch setting; this switch does not matter for the EyeNote to vibrate. Scrolling down the screen there is another Vibrate switch just above Ringtone. This Vibrate setting has to be set to ON for EyeNote to vibrate on an iPhone.
EyeNote in the App Store

NantMobile Money reader by Ipplex, Free

Quickly identifies paper money by simply pointing the camera at the bill. Hold the camera about 4 to 6 inches from the bill and VoiceOver speaks the denomination of the bill. 21 currencies are recognized. Last updated August 3, 2016, requires iOS 8.0 or later.
NantMobile Money Reader in the App Store


Magnifier, built-in since iOS 10

In the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad settings, go to General/Accessibility, Magnifier, and toggling it to on. Then, the triple tap of the home button will activate the Magnifier.

Supervision+Magnifier, Free

From the app store description:
SuperVision+ is the only magnifying glass app on the market that offers a supreme live image stabilization capability. Highly magnified images are usually shaking. It is a problem especially for old people. No more image shaking with SuperVision+ magnifier (magnifying glass). Highlighted in Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired published by the American Foundation for the Blind. From reading small print at near distance to seeing signs at far distance, SuperVision+ magnifier (magnifying glass) is your go-to app for seeing better and clearer. Place your phone camera close to small objects, the app can also be used as a microscope. You can see something small that even normally sighted people can't see.
Support is available by Email at: support_vision at SuperVision+Magnifier in the App Store

Visor-Low Vision, $0.99

Turn your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a hand held low vision aid. Enlarge difficult to read text by 4 magnification levels and display it in 3 different viewing modes. Optionally, turn on the LED flash of your device to help you see clearer in low-light conditions.

Feedback or suggestions can be sent to:
Visor-Low Vision in the App Store

Magnifying Glass with Light, Free

Turns any Apple iDevice with a camera into a hand-held magnifier. Not as good as a stand-alone magnifier, but useful for some.
Magnifying Glass with Light in the App Store

Seeing Assistant Magnifier, $0.99

Seeing Assistant Magnifier allows you to use the phone as a magnifying glass. This allows people with sight problems to easily read small text or watch small items. Seeing Assistant Magnifier, beside magnifying image, also allows image adjustments such as contrast, brightness, and color of displayed image (Black and white and Invert). Application can use back and front camera. Before buying the application please read the terms of use of the application:
Seeing Assistant Terms and Conditions
Seeing Assistant Magnifier in the App Store


Turn-By-Turn Navigation

Generally requires an iPhone or iPad with cellular data and GPS receiver

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. It uses onboard maps, so a data connection is not required, but if you have one, Nearby Explorer supplements the on board map data with crowd collected locations from Foursquare or Google Places. It includes complete maps for the United States and Canada which contain millions of points of interest. The onboard maps are over 4GB in size, so be sure the device you plan to use has enough available space before purchasing. Nearby Explorer works with any device running iOS version 9 or later, but if the device does not contain its own GPS receiver, like most iPads and iPods, you must use an external GPS receiver. All iPhones contain GPS receivers. Nearby Explorer works by letting you select from several different location related options about what to announce as you move. These include both typical items like street name and address and specialized options like approaching streets, intersection configurations, and nearby places and the distance and direction to them. (All announcements are optional.) All of this information is shown on the home screen and is available at any time, but typical use is to adjust the level of announcements, then lock the screen and put the device away. This keeps both hands free and let's your preferred voice speak the characteristics of the environment as you move.

Nearby Explorer in the App Store?

Google maps, Free

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. Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories. Voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking.
Google Maps in the App Store

Mapquest4Mobile, Free

Turn-by-turn GPS app, only good on the iPhone or iPad with a data plan. The maps are stored on their servers, so you have to have a constant internet connection; therefore, it will not work on the iPod Touch even with a GPS receiver. Mapquest gives both a text list of directions that you can read with Voice Over but also provides its own voice to announce upcoming turns.
Mapquest in the App Store

Transit Bus and Subway Times by Transit App, Inc., Free

Transit is your real-time urban travel companion. Navigate your city's public transit system with accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications, and departure and stop reminders... all presented in a clear, bold interface. Public transport not cooperating? Easily request an Uber, reserve a car2go, or grab the closest bike share.

1) See real-time arrivals for nearby buses and trains instantly upon launch.
2) Watch your transit vehicle approaching on a map in real-time*
3) Compare options with powerful A to B trip plans using real-time data.
4) Launch GO for step-by-step navigation when you're on an unfamiliar route or want to nap/read/space out.*
5) Receive departure alarms and stop notifications as well as prompts to pick up the pace in GO.*
6) Get push notifications if service disruptions will affect your commute.
7) View transit schedules and route itineraries-even when you're offline!
8) Locate bike share stations, see the number of bikes available, pay for passes, and unlock bikes (in select cities).
9) Check ETA (and surge) for nearby Ubers, and book in two taps.
10) View availability and book cars with car2go and other local car-share services.
Cities covered are listed in the app description.

Transit on the App Store

PDXBus, Free

This is a great app for those who are wanting real-time information about the bus, street car, or Max stops on the Tri-Met system IN Portland, Oregon. It is completely accessible with Voice Over. You can set favorite stops so you can quickly check when the next two scheduled arrivals are due. You can also just search for near-by stops. Or, if you have the stop ID you can enter it. You can also use Trip Planner within the app.
PDX Bus in the App Store

Apple Maps, built-in

Maps gives you turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and the stunning Flyover feature. All in a beautiful vector-based interface that scales and zooms with ease. And now Maps even gives you guidance to take public transportation and helps you explore your surroundings, so you always know whats around you.
Bringing you public transit information for subways, buses, trains, and ferries with lines and stations right on the map, the new Transit feature is customized for each city where its available  so signs on your screen will look the same as the ones on the street, and youll know exactly where the nearest subway station entrance is. When you plan a route, just one tap pulls up schedules and youll get step-by-step directions to keep you on track. You can also ask Siri to guide you.
See where Transit is available Apple Maps web site

Seeing Eye GPS, by Sendero

The Seeing Eye, the pioneer in guide dogs, and Sendero Group, the pioneers of accessible GPS, have teamed up to create The Seeing Eye GPS. Almost 20 years of user feedback and feature requests are behind the design of all Sendero GPS products. The accessible features in The Seeing Eye GPS are only the beginning of what is yet to come as users help in evolving this first fully accessible GPS product for the iPhone. 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.
Unique to The Seeing Eye GPS
 Instead of multiple layers of menus, the three important navigation elements are on the lower portion of every screen: Route, POIs and Location.
 At intersections, the cross street and its orientation are announced
 Intersections are described (e.g. four-way) with the clock face orientation of the streets.
 There are two choices for POI data (Google Places and Foursquare).
 Directions are configured appropriately for Pedestrian and Vehicle routes, including heads-up announcements for approaching turns, turn now, continue straight and upcoming turns.
 If one wanders off the route, it's automatically recalculated and updated turn information is announced.
 Point your phone in a given direction to hear what is nearby with the LookAround Wand.
 Nearby Points of interest and intersections are automatically announced.
You can choose between subscription options of 30-days, $9.99, 1-year, $69.99, or a one time purchase called Seeing Eye GPS XT for $299.99.
See the app description in the app store for the lengthy What's New section.
Seeing Eye GPS, 30-day or 1-year subscriptions in the app store Seeing Eye GPS XT, $299.99 one time purchase in the App Store


Lazarillo - Accessible GPS for blind and low vision, Free by Rene espinoza

Lazarillo is very similar to BlindSquare, only it is completely free. You can track a destination, launch Google Maps or Apple Maps to get turn-by-turn directions, etc. It does not have all the extra features, but if you want a simple app to assist you with orientation and directions, this will do the trick.
The author is also very responsive to feedback.
Lazarillo in the App Store

BlindSquare, $39.99

When BlindSquare has determined your location using your device's GPS capabilities, it will look up information about your surroundings on FourSquare and Open Street Map. Employing unique algorithms, it will then ascertain the information most useful to you and speak it to you. Use this app to find a nearby cafi, post office, store. Shake your device to hear your current address, as well as information about the location of the nearest street intersection and nearby venues. Also interacts with several GPS apps for turn-by-turn instructions. Google Maps is recommended.
BlindSquare in the App Store

Loadstone GPS by Shawn Kirkpatrick, $7.99

* Note: Turn-by-Turn may be coming soon, will update when it does.
Description from the App Store:
Loadstone GPS enables blind pedestrians to "go blindly where everyone sighted has gone before." It is designed by the blind, for the blind with an emphasis on being powerful but still easy to use. Features

  • designed specifically with accessibility, especially for voiceover users, in mind.
  • no data plan required to use major functions.
  • access to a world-wide database of points from OpenStreetMap, public mapping sources, transit systems, and points shared by other Loadstone users.
  • available in multiple languages.
  • create, store, and share your own navigation waypoints with others.
  • see points in your neighbourhood or search for points.
  • check points you're interested in and hear them announced as you approach or arrive.
  • highly customizable and configurable.
  • able to import text databases and checkpoints from previous Loadstone versions.
  • display astronomic information, sunrise and set, moonrise and set, etc.
    for the latest news and more information please visit the Loadstone website at: Loadstone web site
    What's New as of Oct 20, 2017, Version 1.2
  • The process of downloading points has been completely rewritten to be simpler and easier to use.
  • The find point function has been redesigned so it's possible to select which point categories to search as well as allowing a running search to be canceled
    Loadstone in the App Store
    Loadstone mailing list page

    Ariadne GPS, $5.99

    This innovative accessible location app lets the user explore a map with their finger using VoiceOver. You can know your position at any time and monitor it while walking, you can decide to be informed about what changes along the way, street numbers, street names, etc. There is also the option to save your favorite points and to be alerted, when you approach one of them, for example when you are on a train, bus, etc.
    Aeriadne GPS in the App Store

    Where To GPS, free, ad free version is available with an in-app purchase

    Where To will show you businesses nearby in a wide variety of categories, much like Around Me. They added VoiceOver support so it now will tell you roughly how far away the business is from your location and in which direction.
    Where To Go in the App Store

    Around Me, Free

    This app will tell you about various businesses that are around you. It is broken up into categories. Examples are: banks, food, parking, gas, theaters, pubs, restaurants, etc.
    Around Me in the App Store

    GPS Receivers for the iDevices

    Bad Elf GPS Receiver for iPod touch, iPhone, iPad and iPad2 (66-channel, SBAS/WAAS, 10Hz)

    Bad Elf receiver at Amazon

    Dual Electronics XGPS150 Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver for iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone and Other Smartphones, Tablets and Laptops

    P> dual Electronics Bluetooth GPS Receiver at

    Taxi Related


    Need a lift? Try Lyft for a friendly, affordable ride whenever you need one. Request a ride with the tap of a button, and get picked up by a nearby community driver wholl take you to your destination within minutes. Yep, it's that easy.  Split the cost of a ride with friends. Its easy, fast, and secure.  All Lyft drivers pass comprehensive background and DMV checks.  Drivers are rated by passengers and only the highest-rated drivers are allowed on the road.  Lyft provides a first-of-its-kind $1M liability insurance for total peace of mind.
    Lyft in the app store


    Get a reliable ride in minutes with the Uber appno reservations or waiting in taxi lines. From low-cost to premium, every ride option feels like an upgrade to the everyday. Create your account using a credit card or PayPal, and your fare will be charged automatically at the end of your ride. You can also pay with cash in select cities. After your trip, well email you a receipt.
    Uber on the app store

    Curb, formerly Taxi Magic, Free

    With Curb, the world's number 1 taxi app, your ride is our command. Book a ride to your location in three taps of your iPhone. Use the app to track a nearby taxi as it arrives. Register a credit card and pay for the ride straight from your phone - we'll email a receipt once the ride is over.
    Want to make our app more magical? Email your thoughts to: Curb Support
    (Requires a credit card be kept on file)
    Curb in the App Store

    Personal Organization and Banking


    Bank of America Mobile Banking, free

    The Bank of America app allows you to manage your accounts, pay bills, check balances, deposit checks using the camera and more.

    U.S. Bank App, free

    The US Bank app allows you to pay bills, check balances, deposit checks using the camera, check credit card balances, etc.
    US Bank app in the app store

    Wells Fargo Mobile Banking, free

    The Wells Fargo bank app allows you to check account activity, transfer money, deposit checks using the camera, pay bils, etc.
    Wells Fargo Mobile in the app store


    CardHop, by Flexibits, $3.99 introductory price, $4.99 regular


    From the app store description: The contacts app you'll love
    search, add, edit, and interact with your contacts using a simple sentence!
    Just type in "John G" and John's card will instantly appear. Or enter "Sarah Smith" and Cardhop will add a new contact to Sarah's card. Or type in "call Michael S" and Cardhop will instantly start a phone call. SEARCH, ADD, EDIT, AND INTERACT WITH YOUR CONTACTS LIKE NEVER BEFORE
    . Tap on the Cardhop search field
    . Type in the details for your contact
    . That's it!

    CardHop on the App Storea>

    Fantastical 2, by Flexibits, $4.99 for iPhone, $9.99 for iPad

    Note: (The iPhone version is better with VoiceOver even on the iPad)
    Fantastical 2 is not only the absolute best calendar app on iOS, but the best reminders app as well. - Just enter "Lunch with Elon in Palo Alto on Friday," and Fantastical 2 will schedule it! Or type in "todo buy milk at 5pm" and a reminder will alert you at 5PM! If your device supports dictation* you can speak the details for your event or reminder and Fantastical 2 will handle the rest. Create reminders by starting your sentence with "reminder," "todo," "task," or "remind me to."
    Expanded, expressive repeating events such as third Thursday of every month, every weekend, last weekday of the month, and more.
    Create alerts with phrases such as, "remind me tomorrow at 3PM," "alert 1 hour before," or "alarm 3PM."
    All-new event details, including a map to show your event's locations and better repeating event options.
    Fantastical 2 in the App Store

    GoodBudget, free with in app purchases

    Goodbudget is based on the envelope budgeting method. But with no physical envelopes ... only virtual envelopes! Use envelope budgeting to plan your spending, not just track it!
    Share a budget and sync across multiple phones (and the web!) Goodbudget helps you make sense of your budgeting and spending with in-app reports. See Income vs spending reports to check what you have spent versus what is left. Ad-free, Free Forever version includes 10 regular envelopes & 10 annual envelopes. Subscribers get more features including, unlimited annual envelopes, the ability to sync up to five devices and friendly customer support.
    Goodbudget in the App Store

    Calculator HD Pro Free by Cider Software LLC


    The app developer was made aware of some changes that would make this app work better with VoiceOver and in three weeks he had made the changes so it now is fully accessible with VoiceOver. You can pay $2.99 to remove the ads which gives a little more display area. Here is some information from the app store description:

    Calculator HD Pro Free in the App Store

    A2Z Contacts Free - Contact Manager, Edit Groups, Send Group Emails & Text Messages, Free, or $1.99 to remove ads

    by Playa Apps A2Z Contacts is a great app for creating groups for sending text messages or Emails to up to 100 people at once. You can even use the app to export your group to your Apple Contacts so you can use the native mail app to send Emails to the group. For texting, you go through the app. As of May 31, 2015, the buttons need to be relabeled, but the developer tells me that is coming very soon in an update. A2Z Contacts in the App Store


    My Medical, $3.99:

    Keep track of medical information including doctors' contacts and insurance info. You can have different sets of info for each family member. Tie appointments to any calendar, not just the one in the app. Keep track of test results and xrays. Password protect your details. Generate a report from your medical record and email it.
    My Medical in the App Store

    Simply, Pill Alert, $1.99

    From the app description: Pill Alert will show you whether you missed taking a dosage, and also show you how late you were taking it. Just say: Daily pills, and select Once a day, and tell the app that you have taken them. Make your schedule as complicated as you wish. Alerts you when your pills are due. You don't need to have the app running.

    Simply, Pill Alert in the App Store

    Diabetes App Lite, free:

    Here are key features from the app description:
    Diabetes App Lite in the App Store


    NFBNewsline, Free

    The app for NFBNewsline subscribers, works on all Apple iDevices. This app makes it very easy to access any of the newspapers or magazines offered by NFBNewsline.
    You must reside in a State that participates in the NFB newsline program. In Oregon that is The Talking Book and Braille Library: Talking Book Library Website
    NFBNewsline in the App Store

    Access World, Free

    This is the official app of the American Foundation for the Blind's online publication dedicated to technology and people with vision loss.
    AccessWorld in the App Store

    General News Apps, Free

    Search in the App Store for your favorite newspaper, TV news channel, etc. You may find that they have an app.

    Audio Related

    Radio and Podcasts

    iBlink Radio, Free

    Radio stations, podcasts and reading services of special interest to blind and visually impaired persons; as well as their friends, family, caregivers and those wanting to know what life is like without eyesight.
    iBlink radio in the App Store

    TuneIn Radio, Free or TuneIn Radio Pro, $4.99

    Allows streaming of radio stations from all over the world. Also allows recording.
    TuneIn radio in the App Store

    ooTunes Radio - Recording and Alarm Clock: $4.99

    Great for radio streaming for any stream from anywhere; audio recording and also alarm clock.
    ooTunes in the App Store

    MLB at Bat, $19.99

    Provides radio feeds for all the Major League Baseball teams from Spring Training through the World Series.
    MLB at Bat in the App Store

    iTunesU, Free

    Access to thousands of free podcasts, both audio and video, from Universities, Library of Congress, etc.
    iTunesU in the App Store


    Just Press Record by Open Planet Software, $4.99

    Description from the App Store:
    Just Press Record is the ultimate mobile audio recorder bringing one tap recording, transcription and iCloud syncing to all your devices. 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. RECORD o One tap to start, stop, pause and resume recording. o Unlimited recording time. o Record discretely in the background. o Choose to record from the built-in mic, AirPods or external microphones. o Start and stop recording from the Lock screen widget, with a 3D Touch Quick Action or via the URL scheme. o Record independently on Apple Watch and sync later. PLAY o Seek backwards and forwards during playback. o Adjustable playback speed. TRANSCRIBE o Turn speech into searchable text. o Support for over 30 languages, independent of your device's language setting. o Format as you record with punctuation command recognition. SHARE o Share audio and text to other apps on your iOS device. o Share to iTunes on Mac or PC via the Lightning Port. ORGANIZATION o View recent recordings or browse your library by date and time. o Search by filename or transcription content. o Dedicated tab for quick access to recordings made on Apple Watch. o Peek and Pop the contents of folders in the Browse tab. o Rename recordings. o Slide Over and Split View support on iPad. STORAGE o Choose to store recordings either in iCloud Drive or locally on-device. o Recordings stored in iCloud Drive automatically sync across all your devices. o Transcriptions are stored within the audio file. PRO-AUDIO o Support for high quality external microphones connected via the Lightning Port. o Customizable Audio Settings to enhance your recording experience. o File types include WAV, AIF or standard iTunes M4A (ACC). o High quality audio up to 96kHz / 24-bit. ACCESSIBILITY o VoiceOver support throughout the app. o Magic Tap gesture to start / stop a recording. APPLE WATCH Just Press Record includes an Apple Watch app that gives you the freedom to record anywhere, even when your iPhone is not around.
    Just Press Record on the App Store

    iRecorder Pro Audio Recorder by SIMPLETOUCH, Llc. Free with In-App purchase of $4.99

    Description from the App Store:
    iRecorder Pro is a quick and easy to use audio recorder for iPhone and iPad, with Wi-Fi transfer to any computer. Customers LOVE iRecorder, you will TOO! SIMPLY THE BEST: iRecorder is designed to be quick and easy use, and simple to understand. Great for on-the-go capture of your thoughts, ideas, notes-to-self, lectures, concerts, music, you name it! Record for hours, or just seconds. * HIGH-QUALITY RECORDINGS * FAST LOAD TIME * EASY TO USE * EVERYTHING ONE TAP AWAY * USERS LOVE THIS APP, YOU WILL TOO! MORE GREAT FEATURES: * Wi-Fi Sync to transfer recordings to any computer on the same Wi-Fi network * iTunes file sharing * Share recordings using iOS share extensions * SmartSplit to easily send large recordings in multiple parts * Record in the background * Adjust playback speed * pause and resume during recording * no limit to recording length * rename and re-arrange recordings quickly * rotates upside down for easy microphone use * Use microphones, headsets etc. * VoiceOver optimized, VoiceOver on during recording SIMPLE BY DESIGN: When it comes to mobile applications, sometimes less is more. We kept iRecorder simple and un-cumbersome, leaving a great user experience. PRO QUALITY: Our recording quality is second to none. We deliver pro-quality recordings, and a high-quality? user interface you would expect on iPhone. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE: Our customers praise us for great customer service. We take it to heart. If you have an issue we are here to help you. ACCESSIBILITY PROMISE: We are dedicated to making the best & most accessible recording app for iOS. iRecorder is optimized for VoiceOver users! iRecorder is a trademark of SimpleTouch software, all rights reserved.
    * The in-app purchase gives you an unlimited number of recordings you can store on your device. Without upgrading, you can only store 3 recordings at a time. If you off load/delete recordings, you can use it without purchasing the upgrade. iRecorder Pro in the App Store

    Audio Memos Pro $9.99

    Audio Memos is a professionally made audio recorder. It has an amazingly intuitive interface, which is easy to use and full of powerful features. Use it in interviews, lectures, music session, briefings, ... and simplify your recording tasks.

    Audio Memos Pro in the app store

    Zoom IQ 6 Microphone, $99.99

    I use the IQ 6 for recording with the iPod Touch or iPhone. The IQ 6 has an earphone jack so you can hear VoiceOver while recording. Note: you either have to remove your case or have a thin enough case for the short jack on the microphone to fit into the lightning plug on the device.
    Turn your favorite iOS device into a field recorder by connecting an iQ6. Whether it's a podcast on the fly, an impromptu concert or band rehearsal or a sound effect you want to incorporate into your next video, you can count on the iQ6 to capture the moment with superior audio.
    X/Y recording made easy
    The iQ6 features two high quality unidirectional condenser microphones in an X/Y configuration, the same ones used in our world-famous H4n Handy Recorder. (handiRecorder is a good app, but difficult to use with VoiceOver.)
    X/Y stereo recording is a great way to cover a wide area while still capturing sound sources in the center with clarity and definition. You can even change the mic angle from 90 degrees for a tightly focused image to 120 degrees for immersive wide-angle stereo. (US Patent 8184815)
    Zoom IQ 6 at Amazon I used the IQ 6 and Audio Memos Pro to record the demo of Voice Dream Reader 4, available here:
    Voice Dream Reader 4 demo MP3 There are other models of the Zoom IQ microphones that you can read about on their web site:
    Zoom USA

    MTSR, Free, or Pro $1.99

    Multi-Track Song Recorder is a premier 4 track recording app. MTSR allows you to record up to 4 tracks with a simple and easy to use interface. Designed with a simple tape recording style and with many features for creative and more advanced music recording.
    Includes a Metronome with options for creating Perfect Loops and duplicating your recordings to loop as many times as youd like. Features options for merging all of your tracks in the same recording session to allow for unlimited recording possibilities. You can also export your songs via Dropbox, Email, SMS, and iTunes File Sharing.

    Multi Track Song Recorder is the perfect iOS app for musicians looking to write and record simple songs at home or on the move! Now includes Upgrade to Pro option! This In-App Purchase will remove all advertising and unlock the more advanced Metronome for only $1.99! For more information see Multi Track Song Recorder Pro on the iOS App Store.