Michigan Information Sources

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons

Provide services to people who are legally blind age 14 and up

Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Provide employment services to people who are not legally blind but are visually impaired acuities of 20/70 or less.

Michigan Department of Education/LIO

Provides tools and services to support students who are blind and visually impaired.

Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund

Provides loans for assistive technology services or equipment for work or independence.

Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind

Activities for youth who are blind.

Caregiver Resource Network

National Information Sources

American Foundation for the Blind

National resource for people who are blind and their families.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

National network of cooperating libraries which administers a free library program of Braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers by the use of postage free mail.

NFB Newsline

Free service using synthetic speech to read local and national newspapers.

Consumer organizations

American Council of the Blind

National Federation of the Blind

Leading causes of vision loss

National Eye Institute

Age Related Macular Degeneration


Diabetic Retinopathy


Glaucoma Research Foundation

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)

Foundation Fighting Blindness


Independent Living Aids, Inc.

L S & S Products

Maxi Aids

National Braille Press

Seedlings Braille Books for Children

Screen Readers and Magnifying Computer Software

Ai Squared

Freedom Scientific


Free Screen Reader


Low Vision Apps for iPhone and iPad   (**Recommended by our clients)


***Light Detectorby EveryWare Technologies ($.99)

Using your iPhone camera, this app emits higher or lower sound depending on the intensity of light.  Light Detector can help find any lights left on or locate windows or exits.

 ***HeyTellby Voxilate (free)

HeyTell is a cross between walkie-talkies and texting.  Allows you to send and receive voice messages with other Hey Tell users with the press of a button.

***Chimeby Blacktree (free)

It has the option to chime on the quarter, half or hour and there are different alerts to choose from.

***Voice Briefby Dong Baik ($2.99)

This app does work well for some of our clients but it is a bigger sized app and takes up quite a bit of memory if you use it.  Voice Brief can read your email, Twitter feed, weather, stock prices, RSS and Facebook feeds.  This app is fully configurable and the voices are natural and clear.

List Recorder by Sixth Mode Solutions ($.99)

Must have sight assistance to set this app running.  Allows users to record and organize lists using audio or text.  List Recorder is designed to integrate with VoiceOver as well as Braille displays.  Replay, sort, delete or email recordings with ease using custom gestures and motions.

***Feeddler RSS Reader Proby C.B. Liu ($4.99)

It caches articles for off line reading and allows you to star, unstar, mark all as read and much more.  You can add notes and post to Facebook.

Chimeby Blacktree (free)

This app has the option to chime on the quarter, half or hour and there are different alerts to choose from.

VisionSimby Braille Institute (free)

This app turns on the camera of the iPhone with filters in the lens.  It distorts the image on the screen to mimic the selected eye condition to allow users to experience simulated eye condition.

Scanner Radio Deluxe by LLC

If you hear sirens approaching and are curious as to what the emergency is, you now have an inside tool.  Just turn on your iPhone and you can use Scanner Radio to listen in on your local emergency bands.  Informative and interesting.

***RxmindMe Prescription/Medicine Reminder and Pill Trackerby RxmindMe, LLC (free)

Reminder app that sends you alerts you when it is time to take your medication and also will keep track of how many pills you have left and when to re-order.  It also has a medication database included.  This is VoiceOver friendly.

Glucose Buddy – Diabetes Helper 3.5.5 with Blood Pressure and Weight Trackingby OneAppOneCause (free)

This app allows users to manually enter their numbers, exercise and food consumption into a log that is uploaded to a private account at  The online web site also has other features such as an A1C estimator.

Ariadne GPSby Giovanni Ciaffoni ($4.99)

This is a voice controlled GPS.  Settings and alerts can indicate street crossing, favorite points, and bus stops.  Alerts include sound, voice and vibration.  Works anywhere Google Maps are available.

*** NantMobile Money Reader (free)  Available from the App Store.

Announces the denomination of paper money.  This one works well but our clients prefer using the ibill reader through the U.S. Currency Reader Program which is free if legally blind.  (The Mac version of the NantMobile app remains with it’s older name: LookTel Money Reader)

***Learning Ally AudioBy Learning Ally (free)

Provides access to Learning Ally’s library of more than 65,000 audiobooks and is considered the best source for K-12 and college level textbooks.  A Learning Ally membership is required and is free to those with print disabilities, including visual impairments and dyslexia.

iDigital Big Alarm Clock HDby SixAxis LLC (free)

Displays a big digital clock on your iPhone/iPad that’s readable even from a distance.

Zoom Readerby Ai Squared ($19.99)

In combination with your iOS device’s built-in camera, ZoomReader lets you magnify and read printed text by first taking a picture of an object like a book or menu, then converts the image into text using state-of-the-art Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology.

Easy Reader with LED lightby KaMotion Software Utilities (free)

Uses the built in camera to enlarge objects and provide LED illumination.

Magnifying Glass with Lightby Falcon in Motion LLC (free)

Uses the built in camera to enlarge objects and provide LED illumination.

***Be My Eyesby Be My Eyes (free)

Good app that uses the built in camera.  Users can be connected to sighted helpers for help in identifying objects or getting around through a live audio-video feed.

NantMobile Money Reader– by IPPLEX (free)

NantMobile Money Reader instantly recognizes currency and speaks the denomination, enabling people experiencing visual impairments or blindness to quickly and easily identify and count bills. Point the camera of your iOS device at a bill and the application will tell you the denomination in real-time. Twenty one currencies are supported: the US