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iPad apps to support children and young people with Visual Impairment.

LookTel Money Reader instantly recognizes currency and speaks the denomination, enabling people with visual impairments or blindness to quickly and easily identify and count bills. Simply point your device's camera at a bill and the application will tell you the denomination in real-time. Several currencies are supported including the US Dollar, Euro, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, and Australian Dollar. £6.99

Braille Institute's VisionSim is an app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices was developed to allow people with healthy vision to experience the world through the eyes of a person experiencing one of nine degenerative eye diseases. This includes macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. FREE
Current browsers for the iPhone and iPad are not completely accessible for low-vision users. BigBrowser is an Internet browsing application designed to help Low Vision users more easily navigate the web on their iPad. FREE
Grid Player is an exciting product from Sensory Software that enables users of The Grid 2 to access symbols and keyboard based grids on their iPad. FREE
Part instrument, part composition and part artwork, Bloom’s innovative controls allow anyone to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply tapping the screen. A generative music player takes over when Bloom is left idle, creating an infinite selection of compositions and their accompanying         visualisations.  £2.49
Tap-n-See Zoo is the first app for iPad and iPhone created specifically for children with cortical visual impairment (CVI)! The simple cause and effect app will also appeal to children without CVI. £1.99
My Talking Picture Board - Little Bear Sees and Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children proudly present their first collaborative app for those with cortical visual impairment (CVI). This innovative app allows the user to create two-dimensional object identification tasks using their own photos and voice. £13.99
Peeping Musicians - Designed to encourage early looking/observation skills and basic touch targeting, this activity is ideal for young children and as an introductory targeting activity for those with special needs. Watch for the musician as he or she 'peeps' from the top or side of the screen. Simply touch them to make them move centre stage and play a piece of music. £1.99 See also
ViA (Visually Impaired Apps) for iPhone and iPad. ViA has been designed to help blind and low-vision users easily sort through the 500,000+ apps in the iTunes App Store to locate the apps that were built specifically for visually impaired users, or apps that happen to provide functionality useful to this population. FREE
What’s the name of that color? Peach Orange? Wax Flower? Albescent White? Color Identifier will name them for you!  FREE

Apps to support children and young people with Hearing Impairment

LouderTV Amplifies sound, such as that on the TV £6.99

Signed Stories is designed for children – it’s a safe, fun space with exciting worlds for children to explore, and to enjoy some of the best modern picture books. FREE (Stories In-App Purchase)


BSL Sign & Spell takes the user through each letter of the alphabet, with the help of two videos showing front and side view. FREE


With uHear, identify a potential hearing loss through three assessments: Hearing Sensitivity, Speech in Noise and a Questionnaire about common listening situations.
uHear also offers a ‘Locate’ function to help find the nearest hearing health care Professional for a full follow-up. FREE


Baby sign language builds on this natural form of communication, allowing babies and toddlers to effectively let us know their needs, thoughts, and desires. Infants can learn simple signs for common activities and objects such as: eat, sleep, more, milk, play, and teddy bear; months before they are able to produce understandable speech. FREE


TapTap app for iPhone is designed to assist the deaf and hearing impaired in a hearing world; to alert the user when a loud noise has been made near them. TapTap is useful to get your attention from people you can't see. Simply launch the TapTap app and it will vibrate and flash to notify you that there's been a loud noise or if someone speaks in your vicinity. Adjust the sensitivity to suit your environment and personal comfort level. £1.99