How to use a phone if you’re blind or visually impaired

Initially, I wrote about an application that was invented as "BlindShell" in 2015, which was a smartphone application for people with visual impairments. The developers of this application now offer an affordable mobile phone: BlindShell Classic. BlindShell Classic is a phone specially developed for the blind or visually impaired.

According to the developer’s website, the BlindShell Classic is the “most accessible cell phone for people who are blind or have visual impairments." A differenza della maggior parte degli smartphone oggi sul mercato, questo ha una tastiera fisica, che lo rende più intuitivo. The phone’s physical keyboard consists of large, tactile buttons.


BlindShell Classic also has a large digital display that provides visual feedback in "large, bold and customizable fonts". In addition to using the physical keyboard, users also have the option to use their voice to use the phone!

Another cool feature is the phone’s Object Tagging application. Users simply take pictures of objects using the phone’s built-in camera. Use QR technology to help users distinguish objects in seconds!

BlindShell Classic Smartphone Review:

  • A mobile phone available for the blind or visually impaired
  • There is a large LCD screen and below it a keyboard consisting of large touch buttons
  • Basic phone functions include calling, one-touch speed dialing, text messages, email, notes, alarm, countdown timer and calendar
  • Other available functions are:
    • Marking of objects
    • Mp3 player
    • FM Radio
    • Youtube
    • SOS button
    • And much more
  • Users can press the physical SOS button (for 3 seconds) if they need help from the emergency contact
    • This emergency contact can be customized
  • Over 30 applications and functions integrated into your smartphone
  • Users can control the phone by voice with simple commands
    • Note that this feature requires an internet connection
    • Users can dictate texts, emails, notes and more
  • Feedback is provided by a built-in synthetic voice, vibrations and additional signals
  • Instead of charging the phone with a standard charging cable, this phone is equipped with a docking station where you simply place the phone to charge it
  • Available in red or black

Check out the BlindShell page to find out more!

Click here to view the phone user manual.

This guide describes the most common accessibility features in Windows and Microsoft Office. It also includes assistive technology products for Windows and Microsoft Office for the blind or visually impaired. For a more complete overview, download the complete guide.

If you have questions about accessibility, contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk. This team can help you use many of the popular assistive technologies with support in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language (ASL).

If you are a government, commercial, or corporate user, see Corporate accessibility support.
To troubleshoot common issues and learn more about some of our accessibility features, including some of the features covered in this guide, check out the Accessibility playlist on the Microsoft Customer Support Youtube channel.

In this guide:

Use Narrator and Cortana to install Windows 10

This section shows you how to use Narrator’s voice and Cortana to guide you through installing Windows and setting up your computer.

Windows installation with Narrator

As soon as your computer boots, you can use Narrator to install Windows.

Press Ctrl + Windows Logo Key + Enter to launch Narrator.

Choose your language and time settings, then select Install Now

In Activate Windows, enter your product key.

Select the I accept the license terms check box.

Choose either Upgrade or Custom installation.

Activate Cortana to help set up Windows

After installing Windows, you can activate Cortana to make the system easier to use.

Select a network

Enter your Microsoft account information. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, select No account? Create one!

Select either Customize or Use Express Settings

Choose Yes to make Cortana your personal assistant.

Configure the accessibility options in Windows 10

Ease of Access allows you to configure accessibility settings and programs available in Windows.

Turn on accessibility options

On Windows, you can access frequently used accessibility options directly from the login screen. Press the Windows Logo Key + U to open theEase of Access settings.

To open Ease of Access settings on a touchscreen device, swipe in from the right edge of the screen and select All Settings > Ease of Access.

Hear text read aloud with Narrator

Narrator is a built-in screen reader that reads text on the screen aloud and describes events such as notifications or calendar appointments. To start or stop Narrator, press Ctrl + Windows Logo Key + Enter. On Windows Mobile devices, press Windows Logo Key + Volume Up key to toggle Narrator on/off. To open Narrator settings, press Ctrl + Windows Logo Key + N

Narrator can jump between titles and landmarks in apps. To enable scan mode, press Caps Lock + Space then use the following keyboard shortcuts:

Buttons: Press B/Shift + B

Combo box: Press C/ Shift + C

Landmarks:Press D/Shift + D

Edit field: Press E/Shift + E

Form field: Press F/Shift + F

Headings: Press H/Shift + H

Item: Press I/Shift + I

Link: Press K/Shift + K

Paragraph: Press P/Shift + P

Radio Button: Press R/Shift + R

Table: Press T/Shift + T

Check Box: Press X/Shift + X

Move between Heading Levels: Press 1 to 9 or Shift/1-9

Use the magnifying glass to see the objects on the screen

Magnifier is a tool that magnifies the screen so that you can see words and images better. You can magnify the entire screen or just a part of it and move the magnifying glass to the desired position on the desktop. Magnifier can also smooth edges of images and text when it’s zoomed in.

Other keyboard shortcuts:

Open Magnifier settings: Press Ctrl + Windows Logo Key + M

Turn on Magnifier and Zoom in: Press Windows Logo Key + Plus sign ( +)

Zoom out: Press Windows Logo Key + Minus sign ( –)

Exit Magnifier: Press Windows Logo Key + Esc

Enhance visibility with high contrast

High Contrast increases the color contrast between the foreground and background on the screen, making text and images clearer and easier to identify. To turn on high contrast, press left Alt + left Shift + Print Screen.

You can choose different themes in the high contrast settings. Press the Windows Logo Key + U , then select High contrast. Select a high-contrast theme from the drop-down menu and select Apply

Change the size of text, applications, and other elements

If the text and other elements on the desktop are too small, you can enlarge them without changing the screen resolution or activating the Magnifier.

To change the size:

Open Settingsby pressing Windows Logo Key + I

Select System > Display

Under Change the size of text, applications, and other elements, select the size that you want.

Enjoy accessibility in Office

Microsoft Office has built-in accessibility features for blind or visually impaired people. You can also customize the options in Office to suit your individual viewing needs and preferences.

Accessibility options in Office

You can adjust common accessibility settings in the accessibility options in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

To find accessibility options:

Open an Office application.

Select File > Options > Ease of Access

Adjust the accessibility options.

Zoom in or out on documents

You can increase the page size in Word documents, PowerPoint slides, Excel spreadsheets, and other Office documents.

To quickly zoom in or out, press Ctrl + Mouse Wheel Button Up/Down

You can also use the slider on the status bar to zoom in and out. You can also specify the Zoom from the View tab on the Ribbon. ­­

Use the learning tools in Word

The learning tools are available in Microsoft Word for Microsoft 365.

To use Learning Tools in Word 2016:

Open any Microsoft Word document.

On the Viewtab, in the Immersive section, select Learning Tools

Three of the major mobile phone companies offer special resources for customers with visual impairments. In addition, there is a telephone company that specializes in providing accessible mobile phone services to people with visual impairments.

AT&T National Center for Customers with Disabilities customer service representatives can offer specialized product and service support for individuals with disabilities, including those who are blind or visually impaired.

Representatives can be contacted by phone (866-241-6568) Monday through Friday, 7am to 9pm EST, or by email.

Representatives can offer assistance in the following areas:

  • Device activation, configuration and support
  • Plans and services
  • Suggest the devices that best meet your individual accessibility needs
  • Product documentation available
  • Troubleshooting information, including help with accessibility software
  • Questions about your account, transaction or service
  • Settlements in Braille or large print

Additionally, AT&T also offers their Android phone customers a free copy of Code Factory’s Mobile Access for Android, a suite of 11 accessible applications designed for people who are visually impaired.


Sprint Support for Disabled Customers specializes in providing customer service and support to people with disabilities, including the blind or visually impaired.

A representative can be contacted by phone (855-885-7568) from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm Central, or by email.

Representatives can provide support for:

  • Device activation, configuration and support
  • Plans and services
  • Suggest the devices that best meet your individual accessibility needs
  • Product documentation available
  • Troubleshooting information, including help with accessibility software
  • Questions about your account, transaction or service
  • Settlements in Braille or large print

People with visual impairments can also get advice on devices available in the Sprint Accessibility Store.

Sprint also offers dedicated customer support for people interested in signing up with Sprint IP Relay. IP Relay is a form of Text Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) that allows deaf, hard of hearing, hard of hearing or speech impaired people to make Internet forwarding calls using a laptop or computer. Sprint is currently the only IP forwarding service provider in the United States.

To register, visit the Sprint Relay website or send an email.

T-Mobile and Odin Mobile

If you are considering the T-Mobile plan, you can check out Odin Mobile (855-217-9459). This third party cellular service provider offers services and cell phones that are blind to accessibility needs. They offer available functions and smartphones operating in the T-Mobile network. Both subscriptions and pay-as-you-go plans are available. Technical support is free, including assistance from a company availability representative.


Verizon recently opened its National Accessibility Customer Center. Representatives are available by phone (888-262-1999) Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.

The center employs trained representatives to support clients who may need additional help due to physical or cognitive impairment.

Representatives can provide support for:

  • Products and services
  • Suggest devices that work best with accessibility
  • Plans
  • Product documentation available
  • Troubleshooting information, including help with accessibility software
  • Questions about your account, transaction or service

How can you dial a phone number on a completely smooth screen that you can’t see? How to type a message without the keys pressed? At first glance, smartphones should be synonymous with inaccessibility for the blind. Yet, for many of them, it has become an indispensable companion: a treasure trove of functions that pushes the boundaries of their independence.

How can a person with vision problems use a smartphone?

With the launch of its iPhone 3GS in 2009, Apple introduced a screen reader called VoiceOver on its popular smartphone. Google quickly followed suit by adding TalkBack to Android.

To compensate for the lack of buttons, the rule of thumb is to tap or drag your finger across the screen to hear the item displayed on the screen aloud. So a certain gesture triggers an interaction with that object. Gestures are specific to each operating system (iOS or Android).

For people whose eyesight still allows you to read the screen, the magnification options along with visual contrast and color settings enhance the reading experience.

When it comes to text entry, manufacturers have thought of everything. Options such as a virtual voice keyboard, dictation and connection to a normal or Braille keyboard via Bluetooth. The iPhone screen even transforms into a true Braille keyboard for unprecedented fast typing.

Finally, people with visual impairments often love voice assistants like Siri and the Google Assistant, which allow them to avoid a lot of complicated hand movements.

Which smartphones are used most often by the blind?

According to Screen Reader Survey 7, 88% of visually impaired people surveyed use screen readers on their mobile phones. Of these, 69% use VoiceOver and 29.5% use TalkBack. Apple’s success can be explained by both VoiceOver’s effectiveness and the number of apps developed on its platform that are made specifically for visually impaired people.

What have smartphones changed in the lives of blind and visually impaired people?

Quite simply, the vast majority of day-to-day tasks that required third party assistance a few years ago can now be done over the phone.

There is, however, a caveat. Mastering a smartphone when you can’t see anything or almost nothing is a simple task. It takes time, patience and dexterity. Therefore, the blind, and especially the elderly, not everyone has access to this technological miracle. However, for an adept the list of possibilities is long. Possono ovviamente fare telefonate o inviare messaggi (SMS o e-mail), gestire i propri impegni e conti bancari, fare acquisti, leggere e-mail grazie al riconoscimento del personaggio, prenotare il trasporto o i biglietti per uno spettacolo, chattare sui social media, leggere e-mail, libri, ascoltare musica o podcast, guardare film, riprodurre descrizioni audio per programmi TV o film, leggere sottotitoli per film stranieri, utilizzare mappe e calcolare il percorso a piedi o con i mezzi pubblici, attivare segnali sonori e persino ottenere aiuto tramite una videochiamata.

Focus on some popular apps for the blind

The ability to travel is undoubtedly one of the main concerns of the blind. Chociaż GPS wciąż nie jest wystarczająco precyzyjny, aby umożliwić osobie bezwiednie odnalezienie wejścia do sklepu, przystanku autobusowego lub stacji metra, niezwykle przydatna jest wiedza, gdzie się znajdują i w jakim kierunku zmierzają. Therefore, people with visual impairments are keen to use GPS applications for the general public, such as Maps or Google Maps. In addition to real-time driving directions, these apps offer the possibility to prepare for the journey by navigating through the various steps from the comfort of your living room. Thinking about traveling to an unfamiliar place in advance is a very important step, especially since the noise and vulnerability felt by some visually impaired people discourage them from using their smartphone outdoors. Other transit apps like Moovit and Transit are also welcome. With GPS tracking, these apps can also alert a person that they are approaching a bus, train, or tram stop – a valuable option when messages aren’t available.

Other applications that use GPS tracking have been developed specifically for the blind and visually impaired. While it is expensive, BlindSquare is by far the most popular. However, it suffers from competition from Microsoft’s free application Soundscape. These apps describe your surroundings and alert you to nearby intersections and points of interest. They can also be used when the phone is in your pocket which is a huge plus.

Is digital accessibility a topic for you? Check out this article!

Another mention should go to Ariadne GPS, which allows real-time position tracking and browsing of a virtual map through the aid of VoiceOver’s speech synthesis. This is very useful for keeping track of your bus or taxi journey and for discovering a new neighborhood.
In the area of ​​sound signs, MyMoveo launches the latest generation of Accessible Pedestrian Signage (APS) aBeacon and the NAVIGUEO + HIFI audio beacon of the French company Okenea. You can then select the desired message along with the language and volume.

Another revolution in the lives of people with visual impairments are web-based applications that can be used at any time. For example, Be My Eyes, as the name suggests, invites people with sight to lend their eyes to those who need them for a while. Users are contacted via a video call. Choosing a t-shirt, determining the expiration date of the yogurt or locating something that has fallen on the ground is therefore possible without having to wait for a friend or family member to pass. For travel, Be My Eyes can also be used for finding a building’s entrance or a name on an intercom or letterbox.

Smartphones also have several multifunctional applications for the blind. These include Microsoft’s Seeing AI and Google’s Lookout. These allow any printed document to be read by placing the phone’s camera over the document. But they can also detect light, recognize bills, colors and even images and faces.

Finally, the Evelyty app is now available for navigating indoors where satellite signals cannot be received. Already used in some places, it’s currently being installed in the Marseilles metro network in France where it will soon be available. It allows the passage from point A to point B within the station, but also between multiple stations. For example: a blind person can locate the metro platform from the entrance of a station and walk to the exit of the arrival station following the app’s voice instructions. Evelity works for everyone but adapts to the user’s disabilities to offer the best route.

The possibilities offered by smartphones today open extraordinary opportunities for the inclusion of visually impaired people. All that’s left is for everyone to have access to these resources! You can help by passing this article on to everyone you know.


Did you just pick up the phone and start talking to you? How would you read aloud what’s on the screen for you? Well, you might be wondering at first, but you don’t need to. It’s the Android TalkBack feature at work. And here, we’ll tell you how to disable TalkBack on Android if you don’t need it.

TalkBack is an accessibility service designed to help visually impaired and blind people get the most out of their Android devices. When activated, it functions as a screen reader and controller. Thanks to this, visually impaired, blind people or anyone who decides to activate this function can control their device even without sight. Meaning, you’ll be able to control your device without looking at the screen.

TalkBack is still a useful feature on Android. Of course, it provides the fullness of Android to anyone who lives. However, if your eyes are clearly working and you’re not feeling lazy, waking up to see your phone speak to you can be worrisome. Not just that, using TalkBack for the first time can be tiring, at least if you’re used to controlling your device in one tap.

You’re probably not here to learn how to disable TalkBack. Instead, let us help you get rid of it. The following content provides various ways to disable TalkBack on an Android device. Try one to see which one works for you.

How do I permanently disable TalkBack on Android?

Disabling TalkBack on Android devices is simple. You can turn it off using the volume keys, the Google Assistant, or by going to the accessibility settings on your device. Here are three ways to disable TalkBack on Android.

Before you begin, the procedures may be slightly different on different Android phones, Android versions, or TalkBack versions. However, the steps are simple enough to follow.

Method 1: how to disable TalkBack using volume hotkey

The quickest way to turn off TalkBack on an Android device is to use the volume buttons. While setting up TalkBack on your phone, you’ll see an option to enable an Accessibility shortcut for it. If you turn it on, you can easily turn off TalkBack using the volume buttons.

  • Find the volume keys on your device.
  • Press and hold two volume keys for 3 seconds.
  • Si sente la voce di TalkBack dire "TalkBack OFFThat means you’ve disabled the accessibility feature on your device.

If TalkBack doesn’t turn off using Android volume key accessibility shortcut, try the next method below.

Method 2: disable TalkBack in your device’s accessibility settings

The second standard way to disable TalkBack on Android devices is to use the Settings app. You need to find the accessibility options and disable TalkBack from there.

Note: Since TalkBack is activated already, you’ll need to double-tap to select anything on the screen. Keep this in mind and follow these steps to disable TalkBack.

  • Launch the Settings app on your device.
  • Click Availability.
  • Tap TalkBack
  • Fai clic sull’interruttore accanto a "Use TalkBack"
  • Finally, tap STOP to permanently disable TalkBack on your Android device

Method 3: how to disable TalkBack with the Google Assistant

Besides accessing the device settings or holding the two volume buttons for 3 seconds, there is another waydisable TalkBack on Android talking to the assistant. As you probably already know, the Google Assistant can do almost anything on your Android phone. The same goes for turning off TalkBack. Here’s how:

  • Start the assistant in any way
  • Powiedz „Włącz odmowę"
  • You should receive a reply confirming the request.

How to disable the Accessibility link on Android

As mentioned above, Android Accessibility Shortcut allows you to disable or enable any accessibility service installed on your device using the volume buttons. You’ll usually see an option to turn on “Volume key shortcut" whenever you enable an accessibility service, like TalkBack.

However, chances are you want to turn it off, maybe you don’t need it anymore, or you need the volume buttons for another shortcut. If that’s all, follow these steps to disable the Android accessibility shortcut:

Android 11:

  • Launch the Settings app and select Accessibility.
  • Tap the service / application whose link you want to deactivate. For example, you can choose TalkBack.
  • Then tap the TalkBack link.
  • Disable both shortcuts, then tap Save.

Android 10 and earlier:

  • Launch the Settings app and select Accessibility.
  • Tap Volume hotkeys.
  • Dotknij opcji „Użyj usługi", aby wyłączyć dowolną zarejestrowaną już usługę skrótów ułatwień dostępu.

How to disable TalkBack on the lock screen

In addition to completely disabling the Android accessibility shortcut, you can also disable TalkBack from the lock screen. That doesn’t mean it won’t work on the lock screen. Instead, you or anyone else will not be able to activate TalkBack or any other accessibility service from the lock screen using the volume button gesture.

Disabling TalkBack from the lock screen can be useful in terms of privacy protection or in the sense that the phone will not start talking to you after it is locked. Follow these steps to disable TalkBack from the lock screen.

Android 11:

  • Launch the Settings app
  • Select Availability, then scroll down.
  • W sekcji EKSPERYMENTALNE wyłącz „Skrót z ekranu blokady"

Android 10 and earlier:

  • Open Device Settings.
  • Tap Accessibility
  • Select the volume hotkey
  • Wyłącz „Zezwól z ekranu blokady".

That’s it. You’ve gotten rid of TalkBack on your device successfully. If you need to turn it back on, you can always reverse the procedures.

Without any compromise, accessibility services are very useful on Android. And when it comes to TalkBack, it’s indeed a beneficial feature on Android that aims to connect more people, bringing the best of a modern smartphone to the disabled.

However, if you’ve mistakenly enabled TalkBack on your device and you don’t know how to disable it, the methods and steps mentioned in this article will surely help you. And if you later change your mind or someone needs to activate TalkBack on their device, please help them with this article.

How do blind and visually impaired people use iPhones?

How do blind and visually impaired people use iPhones?

The first iPhone was sold 10 years ago on June 28, 2007. While it immediately became popular among millions of people throughout the world, those of us with disabilities were unable to use, let alone enjoy all of the iPhone’s exciting and (at the time) new features. That all changed in 2009 with the launch of the iPhone 3GS, when Apple introduced screen reading technology for blind and visually impaired users. Later models also provided accessibility features for people with hearing, physical and learning disabilities. I started using the iPhone in 2012 – read more about how it helped me in this comment.

Although the iPhone has been available to the blind since 2009, many in the general public still don’t know how a blind person can use a smartphone or tablet. For the iPhone, Apple has included a screen reader called Voiceover. This software, which is pre-installed on every Apple device, reads aloud what’s on the screen when you touch it. To open the app, double-tap it. Other gestures help us to read text, write and adjust various Voiceover settings such as the speaking speed. Various Braille displays are also Voiceover compatible. This allows us to read what’s on the phone’s screen by using Braille if we so wish. Other settings are also available, such as zooming in on text visually impaired usersin the Accessibility menu of the iPhone.

What exactly can blind or visually impaired people do on their iPhone? Almost everything the seers can do and more! In addition to being able to make and receive phone calls, read and send text messages, play music and browse our pages on social media, blind people or people with other disabilities can become more independent in their daily activities. I can listen to audio books, know what the color is, read printed materials, identify household items and even take pictures! Currently, many applications allow people with visual impairments and other disabilities to carry out these and many other activities on their own. All of this was practically impossible before the birth of the iPhone.

If someone had told me 10 years ago that I would one day be able to use the iPhone, I would’ve simply laughed at them. The use of a touch screen by a blind person was an idea that was not dreamed of even in 2007. The technology is constantly evolving and I am sure it will continue to surprise us all. Speaking of surprises, it’s no surprise that non-disabled people keep asking me how I use my iPhone when they see me swipe and tap with ease. After all, I myself didn’t think I could ever enjoy this innovative device when it appeared 10 years ago. My hat goes out to Apple and other developers who are trying to make modern technology accessible and inclusive for all. This is not only good business practice, but also the right thing to do.


Sandy Murillo works at the Chicago Lighthouse, an organization that serves the blind and visually impaired. She is the author of Sandy’s View, a bi-weekly Lighthouse blog about blindness and low vision. The blog deals with topics of interest to the blind and visually impaired. As a blind journalist and blogger, Sandy shares her unique perspective on ways of living and coping with blindness.

Exemptions and special assistance for the blind or visually impaired

As a result of years of advocacy efforts and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal government and many states are offering help and exemptions for blind or visually impaired people. They cross many areas of life, and here are a few examples. Możesz również przeczytać nasz post „Codzienne konsekwencje ADA dla osób z utratą wzroku", w którym przedstawiono niektóre sposoby, w jakie ADA przydała się w życiu osób z wadami wzroku lub bez wzroku.

Free custody for the blind and disabled

Under the law, passed in 1899, in the U. S. and its territories, specialized reading materials or equipment may be sent free of charge to people who are legally blind, those whose visual impairment prohibits them from reading comfortably, or those who have a physical or perceptual condition which prevents them from accessing printed material in a conventional way. Examples of mail that qualify as free subject are large print (fourteen dot) documents, Braille, audio recordings, and voice book readers. Mail must contain the wording “Free custody for the blind and disabled" where postal stamps are normally placed. Gli articoli devono essere aperti per l’ispezione da parte delle autorità postali.

I have been receiving and sending items via Free custody for the blind and disabled since childhood. Io e i miei amici abbiamo riutilizzato due grandi buste marroni con fermagli per il controllo postale. We would braille the recipient’s name on one envelope to send a letter along with a “return envelope" that had the sender’s address, with “Free custody for the blind and disabled printed on the outside of the return envelope. It was easy to fold the return envelope and insert it into the sender’s envelope along with the letter. Quando un amico mi ha messo in contatto con PenPal, un cieco in uno stato vicino, è stato entusiasta di inviarmi una lettera a se stesso!

How do I apply to take advantage of the free subject?

Certified participants of the Library of Congress of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Disabled are eligible for this service. Według USPS „właściwy organ", taki jak pracownik socjalny, dyplomowana pielęgniarka, okulista, lekarz lub bibliotekarz, może zaświadczyć, że kwalifikujesz się jako osoba spełniająca kryteria ślepoty prawnej lub inne wymagania określone w wytycznych USPS. Secondo queste linee guida, "devi fornire una prova di idoneità all’ufficio postale ™ dove invierai o riceverai articoli senza spese di spedizione. Po weryfikacji zostaniesz uznany za uprawniony do korzystania z przywileju darmowej poczty". Una fonte dettagliata di domande e risposte è disponibile sul sito Web del servizio postale degli Stati Uniti.

Free custody for blind studies

Według Urzędu Pocztowego w rubryce należy umieścić słowa „WOLNA SPRAWA DLA NIEWIDOMYCH LUB NIEPEŁNOSPRAWNYCH".in the upper right corner of the address side of the envelope or package where postage would normally be placed. Words can be printed, stamped or handwritten. Etykiety i pieczątka „Free Matter for the Blind" z nadrukiem tych słów można kupić z wielu źródeł, w tym Free Matter for the Blind Self Inking Stamp | Aids per la vita indipendente e Walmart, tra gli altri.

Talking books

The National Library Service for the Blind (NLS) was founded in 1931. This program is one of the oldest available for the blind or visually impaired and other people who cannot keep a book due to a disability. Musisz ustalić swoje uprawnienia za pośrednictwem „właściwych władz" (opisanych w części dotyczącej spraw bezpłatnych powyżej) poprzez złożenie wniosku o usługi podpisane przez jedną z tych osób.

Through a national network of collaborating libraries, NLS offers books in Braille or audio format. They can be shipped free to your home. The materials can also be downloaded from the NLS website. These books can be borrowed for free, and NLS provides equipment on which to play audio books. Their talk-book readers come with large buttons, Braille letters next to the controls, a sleep timer, and built-in audio instructions. They also offer books via the BARD mobile app which you can use on your iPhone or Android phones.

You can register in a variety of ways, including by downloading the app, calling your local library to request an app, or calling the NLS toll-free number at 1-800-424-8567.

VisionAware Au Pair Consultant Maribel Steel wrote an excellent post on getting the most out of a bard in her book.

Currency readers

The National Library also offers its readers free coins thanks to the collaboration with the Engraving and Printing Office. The NLS website states, “The currency reader, called the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier, is a compact device that announces a note’s value in one of three ways: voice, pattern of tones, or pattern of vibrations. Wystarczy włożyć notatkę do urządzenia i nacisnąć przycisk z boku, aby zidentyfikować nominał". Non identifica banconote estere o contraffatte. Chiamare 844-815-9388 per ulteriori informazioni.

Purchasing assistance

Purchasing assistance nie jest objęta ustawą ADA, jednak wiele sklepów zapewnia pomoc w zakupach, jeśli zadzwonisz z wyprzedzeniem. Check out these posts written by VisionAware Peer Advisors: Lenore Dillon’s post on Shopping Wisely for some tips on shopping and Empish Thomas’s post on pickup and delivery services.

Other payment programs and services

We have covered just a few of the special programs available for people with vision loss. There are many other areas under state and federal law that should be considered.

ID Card for the Blind (varies by state. Massachusetts Provides Guidance and Benefits for Legal Blinds | Mass. Gov

Income Tax Exemptions and Tax Aid: Tax Guide – VisionAware and Disability Tax Benefits

Property tax exemptions in some states, such as Indiana

Specialized equipment for people with visual and hearing impairments (computers, phones, tablets and others: iCanConnect. org | National program for the distribution of equipment for the blind

Transportation: Find out about transportation resources in your community via the Eldercare locator at 800-677-1116 or on their website: https: // eldercare. student. government.


With too many years of advocacy and rights activities such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, governments and companies now provide numerous waivers and support to provide access and assistance to people with physical and sensory disabilities (blindness, visual impairment, hearing impairment / deafness and deafness, blindness). While we’ve covered a few examples here, there may be multiple programs available in your city or state. For more information, read the services provided by the ADA Network by VisionAware Peer Advisor, Audrey Demmitt.

This app helps to connect visually impaired people with sighted volunteers around the world.


Imagine you’re blind and standing in your kitchen cooking dinner. Przepis mówi: „Dodaj puszkę mleka kokosowego". Apri l’armadio della cucina, ci sono tre lattine sullo scaffale. Sai che solo uno di loro è il latte di cocco. Cosa fai?

Po raz drugi tego dnia podchodzisz do sąsiada i myślisz: „On jest bardzo pomocny, lepiej poproszę go niedługo na kawę". Suoni di nuovo alla sua porta e gli chiedi di scegliere il latte di cocco. Non suona noioso?

There are a lot of situations like this in a blind person’s everyday life. Situations where you only need a pair of eyes for a short time. It’s Ok to ask your neighbour for help once in a while, but there is a limit.

IOS and Android app stores now have this Google app called Be My Eyes, which is a new way to volunteer. It’s easy and convenient. You can volunteer to help a blind person from anywhere.

A visually impaired person can request help through the app without worrying about security or privacy issues. Volunteers and visually impaired users can remain anonymous.