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Vision

The following free or Low Cost Assistive Technology programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Vision Support.

VISION

Aira

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Features:

  • Visual interpreting application for people who are blind or have low vision
  • 5 minutes of free use daily
  • Connects customers to trained agents to support visual access
  • More Information: Aira Website

Cost: Free and priced plans

Compatibility: iOS; Android


Be My Eyes

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Features:

  • Free mobile app for blind and low vision individuals for visual assistance
  • Sets up a video call with the user and a sighted volunteer
  • More Information: Be My Eyes Website

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS; Android


Can You See Me

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Features:

  • Checks for camera position to ensure that the camera is positioned correctly in front of the user
  • Tells the user where they are located in the camera frame
  • Useful for online meetings such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams
  • More Information: Can You See Me Website

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows (compatible with NVDA, Dolphin Screen Reader and JAWS)


Color Enhancer

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Features:

  • Google’s accessibility extension for color adjustment on webpages
  • Customizable settings to help with color perception
  • More Information: Color Enhancer Chrome Extension

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension


Fokus

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Features:

  • Highlight only the text you want to read while Fokus dims and darkens the rest of your Chrome or Firefox window with an overlay
  • Highlights the paragraph you’re reading with the ability to change the opacity of the background overlay
  • Easy to install extension with the ability to turn the feature on or off
  • More Information: Fokus Chrome Extension

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension and Firefox Add-On


High Contrast

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Features:

  • Google accessibility extension for high contrast
  • Contains various options for default color schemes for user’s preference
  • Keyboard shortcut to enable or disable extension
  • More Information: High Contrast Chrome Extension

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension


Lookout – Assisted vision

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Features:

  • Google’s vision assistance app that utilizes a phone camera
  • Available Lookout modes include: text, explore, food labels, documents, and currency
  • Contains optical character recognition (OCR)
  • More Information: Lookout – Assisted vision Application

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Android


Microsoft Soundscape

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Features:

  • Spatial audio app that provides audio cues for navigation
  • Customizable audio beacons
  • Describes your location, nearby markers, things around you, and ahead of you
  • More Information: Microsoft Soundscape Website

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPhone


NVDA Screen Reader

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Features:

  • NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free, open source screen reader built for Windows based operating system computers
  • Download to your computer directly or to a USB drive and run on any computer without installation
  • Works with many popular applications such as web browsers, email, and Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to convert text into a Braille using Refreshable Braille Display
  • More Information: NVDA Website

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows


TapTapSee

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Features:

  • Use this app to help identify everyday objects for anyone with a visual impairment or who is blind
  • Double tap the screen, take a picture of the object, and hear what the object is spoken out loud
  • Turn VoiceOver on to have the object description read out loud
  • More Information: Tap TapSee Website

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS; Android


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