Thanks to Deafblind UK for curating this list.
Apps for people with hearing loss (alternately download the PDF)
A mobile dictation app offering a high level of voice recognition accuracy. One week free trial with in – app subscription purchase options. Available for download from the App Store.
An accurate real time speech to text translation app enabling people with hearing loss to see what is being said. Free when downloaded from the Google Play Store. Available to purchase in 30-minute packages from the App Store.
An instant captioning app designed for people with hearing and people with hearing loss to have conversations more easily. Free and available for download from the Google Play Store.
Realtime captioning app that transcribes what people say using colour coded transcripts to capture group based conversations. Up to 5 hours free a month. Available for download from the App store and the Google Play store.
Helps users with hearing loss to filter out background noise and boost the
audio of their surroundings to frequencies personalised to their
hearing. Supports people to better hear the sounds they want to hear.
Free and available for download from the Google Play Store
Use the app with a phone call to make text calls through the NGT Service.
Provides a text connection in parallel with the phone call you make through the Next Generation Text Service. The app is free and available for download on the Google Play Store and the App store.
Allows a user with hearing loss to contact the emergency services by tapping on a series of visual icons without having to speak on the phone. Once a TapSOS user profile has been created, alerts are sent straight to the UK’s 999 emergency call handlers. Available for purchase from the App Store and Google Play Store
A video relay service app enabling BSL users to access the customer-based services of some private, public and voluntary sector organisations for free via online BSL interpreters. The app is free and available for download on the Google Play Store and the App store.
Apps for people with vision loss (alternatively download the PDF)
Photographs objects and identifies them out loud for the user. Free and available for download from the App Store and the Google Play Store
Describes nearby people, text, and objects. Free and available for download from the App Store.
An easy to use app that converts any text to speech or braille. Reads back text from menus, bills, documents, signs and emails to PDF documents. Available for purchase from the App Store, Google Play Store and the Windows 10 Store.
Identifies objects and colours for low vision and colour impaired users. Available for download in the App store. Options for ‘in app’ purchases.
Allow low vision and blind users to build a clearer awareness of their surroundings using 3D Audio cues and self set beacons. Free and available for download from the App Store.
Detects levels of light and interprets this information with a sound alert. Useful for low vision and blind. Free and available for download from the App Store.
A popular GPS app used by low vision and blind users. Informs of current address, points of interest and surrounding environments. Available for purchase from the App
A very popular app that connects low vision and blind people to sighted volunteers and company representatives who provide visual assistance through live video calls. Free and available for download from the App Store and the Google Play Store.
Useful resources (alternatively download as a PDF)
General overview of various apps and tools that people with visual and hearing impairments my find useful.
RNIB Technology for Life
Here you can find an excellent technology resource hub to access the latest technology facts, tips and guides available for blind and partially sighted people across the UK.
AbilityNet is a national charity that helps people of any age and with any disability to use technology to achieve their goals. Packed with free accessibility guides, factsheets, webinars and links to websites with useful information on disability and technology.
A guide through the world of assistive tech for blind and partially sighted people. Offers handy hints and links to other resources.
Innovative technology for people with sight loss providing a simple way to
use Android smartphones and tablets. Easy and intuitive to use.
UK based company providing a range of windows based software
solutions and free apps that support users with all degrees of sight loss,
computer experience and reading ability.
A popular free screen reader for Windows computers.
RNIB Technology for Life Coordinators
RNIB technology for life team are on hand to help with both simple and
more complicated technology questions.
Phone: 03030 123 9999 or email: email@example.com
The Google Accessibility Help centre.
Apple’s gateway to all assistive technology solutions for all their products.
Microsoft’s gateway to accessibility solutions on Windows software.
A series of short videos to help people implement various useful accessibility settings, created by Leeds Hearing and Sight Loss Service
Supporting children and young people with a visual impairment
These online support activities are primarily aimed at children and young people with a visual impairment, many of these will be adaptable and suitable for children with complex needs. These resources are for pupils aged between 0-25 and were compiled by the Leeds City Council Visual Impairment Team.
Positive Eye have set up a Facebook page to share conversation and resources, and are posting free online classes three times per week via Facebook live (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4pm). They also have lots of ideas on their website.
Look at putting out lots of content via their website, Facebook page and YouTube channel and are hosting regular webinars for parents and other age groups via Zoom. Check out their platforms for details. They are looking to bring people together to help create content, including VIT professionals.
Continues to run through this time, and are working with others including sensory support services to offer support at this time. Call our their advice line on 0800 781 1444 for information and guidance for families with children with a vision impairment.
Audible have opened the whole collection of audio books for free.
Living Paintings are continuing to run tactile and audio books and do not want anyone to worry about overdue lending during this time.
Amber Trust have resources on the website for music and VI learners
RNIB Bookshare opens up the world of reading in education for learners with a print-disability, including those with dyslexia or who are blind or partially sighted.
Newlife offers advice, a free helpline for parents, and the free loan of specialist toys to families who have disabled and terminally ill children. Their Play Therapy Pods are self-contained and are delivered direct to the family’s door.
Doorway Online is a collection of free and highly accessible educational games that learners will find easy to use independently. Each activity has a range of accessibility and difficulty options.
An online charity where you can download free books.
Tips, tricks and tech for living with a visual impairment. These short Life Hack films aim to support those living with sight loss to lead a more independent
Offering free resources for generic sensory ideas and tips.
The professional association of the vision impairment education workforce have pulled together a list of resources for educators and parents.
Their distance learning tools have now been made free for all teachers and their students.