Graphing Scientific Calculator link:

If you are looking for a standalone calculator,  Sight Enhancement Systems, develops scientific calculators that are designed for the visually impaired.  They call it the “SciPlus”.

The main differences compared to the tablet Apps are:
– speech output in various languages
– large, tactile buttons (a major advantage over touch screen apps, which also makes our calculators desirable for people with various fine motor challenges)
– adjustable contrast, invertible, backlit display

…and yes, they do have a graphing version.

In addition to the above features, another reason people purchase them is because of the requirement that various districts have prohibiting computers or web-connected devices (which is what smart phones and tablets are) into exams.  We’re very proud of our calculators, but in the end that’s all they are — calculators, and that’s actually what many people like about them.

If you need help, contact:
Rob Hilkes
Sight Enhancement Systems

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has announced persons legally residing in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired can now request a free currency reader from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) by downloading the required application from the BEP’s website ( The application must be filled out completely, signed by a competent authority that can certify eligibility, and returned to the mailing address provided on the form. Estimated delivery time is 6-8 weeks. The currency reader device, called iBill Currency Identifier, provides a convenient means for blind or visually impaired individuals to identify all U.S. bills. The U.S. Currency Reader Program is a component of the BEP’s initiative to provide meaningful access to Federal Reserve notes. For more information call toll-free 844-815-9388 or email at

Go to: U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing – Home

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The announcement below is from the Bureau of Engravings and Printing (BEP) regarding the availability of currency readers. Here is a link to the webpage with the article that has been pasted in below:

Bureau of Engraving and Printing
U.S. Department of the Treasury
As an interim measure in advance of issuing tactile-enhanced Federal Reserve notes, the BEP is providing currency readers, free of charge, to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals.
The BEP recently announced its distribution plans for the U.S. Currency Reader Program.  Details of the announcement can be found in a press release issued on Thursday, July 3, 2014, and another released on Monday, July 14, 2014.
The U.S. Currency Reader Program will launch in two phases:
Pilot:  Beginning September 2, 2014, in partnership with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, (NLS) the BEP will initiate a four-month pilot where NLS patrons can pre-order a currency reader.  The pilot program allows the government to test its ordering and distribution processes and gauge demand for currency readers.   To receive a currency reader, eligible individuals who are currently patrons of NLS need only call 1-888-NLS-READ; the account will be noted and a currency reader will be delivered to the address on file.
National Rollout: Currency readers will be widely available to all U.S. citizens, or persons legally residing in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired, starting January 2, 2015.  Individuals who are not NLS patrons must submit an application, signed by a competent authority who can certify eligibility. Applications will be available on this website and processed for non-patrons of NLS beginning January 2, 2015.
Additional information about the U.S. Currency Reader Program and about the currency reader device can be found in the links below.  The BEP encourages organizations that support the blind and visually impaired community to distribute these materials, or to incorporate the information provided into individualized communications.
Contact Us:  For additional questions or comments about the U.S. Currency Reader Program you may call (844) 815-9388 toll-free or email
More about NLS:  NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials available to U.S. residents and citizens living abroad whose low vision, blindness, or physical handicap makes it difficult to read a standard printed page.  More information about the program and other services provided by NLS can be viewed at

Apps for all types of disabilities or challenges of any age


Information from: “Appy” Transition to Adulthood

Maria Kelley, OTR/L, ATP

Gaby de Jongh

Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP)

800 214-8731


Resources for Disability Apps

AppCrawlr-search site


*        Autism Speaks


*        BridgingApps–IsignioApp Tool


*        Daily App Show –blog with app reviews


*        Georgia Tools for Life –search database


*        iTunes -App store

*        Special Education Section

*        Smart Apps for Kids


*        Sign up for email notifications when apps are on sale

*        OT’s with Apps –blog with app reviews


*        You Tube –demos of apps



iDressfor Weather

*        Customizable closet

*        Customizable temp range

*        Location based

*        $1.99



*        See all your bills & accounts in one centralized place

*        Get reminders when bills are due

*        Pay on the spot and schedule bill payments for free

*        Receive alerts when funds are low or credit limits are near

*        Free


Money Counter Calculator

*        Enter amount of coins and dollars and total is provided

*        iPad only

*        Free


LookTel Money Reader

*        Uses camera

*        Speaks out loud

*        Do not need to hold bill steady or in entire frame

*        Supports US dollar, Australian Dollar, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Euro, Japanese Yen, Mexican Peso, Indian Rupee, New Zeland Dollar, Russian Ruble, others

*        $9.99


Shopping List Generator

*        Pictorial shopping list

*        Customize different lists for different users with pictures on camera roll

*        Add your own items and categories

*        Assign item prices

*        Assign item locations (i.e. -aisle numbers)

*        Several accessibility options

*        text-to-speech

*        uses large easy-to-see images

*        item prices automatically totaled

*        $4.99


FaceDialVisual Dialer

*        Call/text/email your favorites contacts, with buttons showing their photo

*        See all your favorite contacts faces in one or several screens

*        Call/text/email them with a single touch

*        Free



*        Translates both voice and text based communication

*        Supports multiple languages

*        Video chat

*        Text

*        $9.99



*        Uses GPS and the compass to locate you

*        Gathers information about the surrounding environment from FourSquare and Open Street Map

*        Has unique algorithms to decide what information is the most relevant and then speaks it to you with high quality speech synthesis

*        $23.99


Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

•Tracks your sleep patterns

•Uses iPhone accelerometer to track how often you move at night

•Set an alarm range

•Woken up gradually when you are in like sleep

•Feel refreshed and energized



Apps for Note taking

Dragon Dictation

*        Voice Recognition

*        Dictate notes, emails, Twitter, and Facebook

*        Supports many languages

*        Convenient editing feature that provides a list of suggested words

*        Voice driven correction interface

*        Free



*        Records your notes, meetings or lectures

*        Can take notes by typing, stylus, or drawing

*        Time stamps so you can go directly to where you want to hear

*        Highlights notes when read back

*        $4.99



*        Full-featured Handwriting

*        PDF Annotation

*        Advanced Word Processing

*        Linked Audio Recording

*        Auto-sync with iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive

*        Library Organization

*        $2.99


Apps for Reading & Writing


Reading: Learning AllyAudible

Learning Ally

*        DAISY format

*        Over 75,000 audiobooks

*        Membership required


*        Over 100,000 titles

*        Works on Android, Apple, and Windows

*        $14.95 per month


Reading: WebReader

*        Text to speech technology for reading web page content

*        Web pages can be read as soon as they are loaded or use Cut, Copy, & Paste to read only sections of webpage

*        Highlights as it reads text

*        Speaking rate control available

*        $1.99


Reading & Writing: ClaroSpeakUS

*        Text-to-Speech

*        Import documents and PDFs into ClaroSpeak from apps such as Mail, or import PDF, Word, Pages and other files directly from Dropbox using

*        Change font and color

*        Save text as an audio file

*        Visual Tracking

*        Send Text

*        $0.99


Reading & Writing: iReadWrite

*        Text-to-speech

*        Word Prediction

*        Phonetic Spell Checker

*        Homophone and Confusables Checker

*        Picture Dictionary

*        Customizable Background and Text Colors

*        Choice of Voices and Fonts

*        Importing and Sharing documents

*        $19.99


Reading &Writing: iWordQ

*        Writing

*        In-context word prediction

*        Access to iPad dictionary

*        Text-to-speech feedback

*        Simple Text Editor

*        Reading

*        Read out loud

*        Advanced proofreading

*        $24.99


Writing: Inspiration Maps

*        Brainstorm new ideas and capture insights

*        Organize thoughts and topics for writing

*        Understand cause and effect

*        Analyze information

*        Organize projects

*        Take notes

*        Study for exams

*        $9.99


Apps for Organization/Memory



*        Keep up-to-date with your school work, grades, to-do's, teacher's information

*        School organizer that can be with you anywhere you go, whether that be on your iPhone/iPod touch, iPad, or Mac

*        $1.99


Key Ring

*        One Place to store all reward cards

*        Organized

*        Android & Apple version

*        Free



•Keep track of medication


•Refill Reminders

•Healthcare Provider Profiles

•Insurance Information


•Works across Platforms



VoCalVoice Reminders

*        Uses tones or recorded voices

*        Echo feature

*        Email reminders to friends or family

*        Calendar synching to iCal

*        $0.99


Picture Scheduler

*        Create visual tasks with attached audio, video or picture

*        Tasks can have alarms

*        Alarms can be repeated daily, weekly, monthly or you can select specific weekdays

*        Tasks can be organized into categories with a picture

*        Can hide task and reveal later

*        $2.99


Apps for Communication


Speak it!

*        Easy to use interface: enter the text you want to say, and press the “Speak it! Button

*        Four high quality voices are included: American Male, American Female, British Male, British Female

*        Highlights words as they are spoken

*        Ability to create audio files and email them

*        Save as many phrases as you would like, and easily repeat them later

*        Localized for French, Italian, German, and Spanish

*        $1.99



*        Uses GPS to track user location and suggests appropriate vocabulary based on location

*        ie: McDonald’;s starbucks

*        A keyboard to type for text-to-speech

*        User can tag their own locations and create vocabulary for each location

*        Lite version free

*        Pro version $130


GoTalk NOW

*        Adjustable page layouts

*        Customizable navigation

*        Recorded and text-to-speech capabilities

*        Included symbol set

*        $79.99 (free version available)


Rocket Keys

*        Sentence Prediction to help support social conversations

*        Create your own keyboard

*        Stabilization feature for users with tremors

*        $160



*        Symbol-supported

*        Text to speech

*        Word prediction

*        Phrase prediction

*        Natural voices

*        Expanding vocabulary

*        Switch scanning access

*        Send email, messages, tweets and Facebook posts

*        $219.99


Apps for Navigation & Location


Around Me

*        Identifies where you are

*        Lists what is around you

*        View route from where you are

*        Add information to contact list

*        Free


Four Square

*        Check in to remember and share the places you visit

*        Search for anything (from 'free wi-fi' to ‘nachos’) or browse food, nightlife, and more

*        Get directions, hours, menus, photos, and tips and tens of millions of places

*        Free


Find my Kids ~ Footprints

*        Tracks movement throughout the day and logs waypoints without user intervention

*        Parental control feature allows for sharing locations at all times, without a disabling option

*        Geofence and movement notifications can alert you when someone moves or crosses a fenced area

*        Speeding notifications can alert parents when their teenagers go over the speed limit

*        Free


Apps for Sensory Needs



*        OCR scan

*        Voice control of some features

*        Read back in a natural voice

*        Customizable

*        Highlight colors

*        Synthesizer

*        Text size

*        Speech rate

*        Low vision users

*        $19.99



*        EyeSight allows to magnify any printed material up to 12X

*        Toggle through 6 distinct color-contrast combinations

*        Becomes the equivalent of a CCTV

*        $29.99


Vision Assist

*        Electronic video magnifier

*        Zoom image up to 20x

*        Can freeze image and pan in

*        Autofocus

*        Optimized for Retina Display

*        Utilizes camera flash

*        $5.99



*        Designed to help blind and visually impaired identify objects

*        Aim camera at an item then double tap the screen

*        Hear the app speak the identification

*        Free


Clear Captions

*        Adds captions to the phones you already have

*        Displays captions of your phone calls

*        Only you see the captions for your call

*        Requires WiFi

*        Free

*        Does require a one time fee to set up


Hamilton CapTel

*        Listen to phone conversations while reading word-for-word captions

*        Requires simultaneous voice and data plans, or WiFi

*        Free



*        Enables people who are deaf or hard of hearing to use an iPhone or iPod Touch to quickly and easily call people who are hearing

*        You type your side conversation, certified IP-Relay operator receives it and voices everything you type to the hearing person

*        Free



*        Useful for sign language communicators

*        Send text and SMS

*        Works on 3G and WiFi

*        Free



*        Sound Amplifier

*        Must use basic headphones

*        $0.99


Apps for Emergency Preparedness


ICE(In Case of Emergency)

*        Emergency contact list

*        Central place for you to record any medications

*        List allergies or medical conditions

*        Pre-loaded medical information to choose from

*        Free


American Red Cross: Shelter View

*        Know when and where shelters have been opened to provide assistance

*        Maps locations and shelter details

*        View shelter details

*        Capacity of the shelter and current population

*        Shelter address and location

*        Shelter information is updated every 30 minutes

*        Free


Emergency Aid

*        What to do in a personal threat, disaster or emergency

*        Detailed medical profile

*        Emergency contacts and health information with photo and customizable notes

*        Distress Signal and light

*        Illustrated instructions with highlighted “What to do”, “Warnings” and “Do Not”

*        One-Tap Call to emergency aid services or web sites

*        $1.99


Apps for Behavior and Relaxation


iZen Garden

*        Choose from 100s of objects, plants and creatures to place in your garden

*        Rake the sand and share your creations

*        Helps you to center your mind, relax your psyche and relieve your stress

*        $4.99


T2 Mood Tracker

*        Monitor moods on six pre-loaded scales

*        Anxiety

*        Stress

*        Depression

*        Brain injury

*        Post-traumatic stress

*        General Well being

*        Rate and track moods over time

*        Free



*        Portable stress management tool

*        Voice instructions for set up and relaxation

*        Easily set length of inhale and exhale to help as a reminder for deep breathing

*        Can help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management

*        Free


Relax Melodies

*        Help block out environmental noises and increase productivity and focus

*        Relax Melodies and White noise Machine Lite

*        Customize sounds and make playlists

*        Relaxing Sounds of Nature Lite

*        Customizable sounds coupled with visual nature displays

*        Free


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