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Some Amazing Apps

I haven’t entered the Smartphone market because, quite frankly, I can’t see what’s on the screen.  Even thinking about trying to access the Internet to check email or Facebook, take a picture or figure out those QR codes seemed frustrating.  Couple that with glare, tiny keypads and all that scrolling, and my interest level was zero.

But now it’s been piqued by an article sent to me by my sister about iPhone Applications for people with no/low vision and I’m caught up in the wonder of it all.  Identifying colors, scanning forms and reading them aloud, navigation, magnification, high contrast displays, screen readers and so much more my head is spinning.

And according to this article in the Atlantic these apps are practical, intuitive, accessible and easy-to-use.  There are hundreds of these applications; some free, some minimally priced, others more expensive – all seem functional and I was surprised at the accessibility and training provided.

Although I’ve written today about the iPhone, it’s fair to say that the Android phone market also has assistive technology with many similar applications.

For people with vision impairment this is transformational!  Now only if there was an app to let me know my shirt is on inside out.

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3 thoughts on “Some Amazing Apps

  1. Tammy Lenski on said:

    Actually, there IS an app to let you know your shirt is on inside out. It’s name is Bob.

  2. Tammy Lenski on said:

    Actually, there IS an app to tell you your shirt is on inside out. It’s name is Bob.

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