Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Orientation & Mobility Apps

O&M app collage

There are many apps (applications) available to support the development of Orientation and Mobility skills for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, as well as those who are deafblind.  I compiled a list of some of my favorites in various categories.  Please let us know if you try any of these or have others to add to the list!


Apps for Sound Identification

i hear ewe logoI Hear Ewe When user taps on an icon of an animal or vehicle, the game will verbally announce what type of animal or vehicle it is and play a recording of its real sound.
sound touch lite iconSound Touch Lite Tap a picture, and a real life photo of the item pops open, accompanied by the sound it makes.

peekaboo barn iconPeekaboo Barn

Learn the names of animals and hear the sounds they make with this app.

touch the sound app icon

Touch the Sound

This app focuses on helping kids learn to recognize familiar sounds and match the sounds to the picture.


Apps for Navigation

compass pro app iconCompass-PRO

Turns iOS device into a compass.

map draw app iconMap Draw

Create your own routes and maps on the iPad. Total distance is tracked, and all maps can be drawn on by freehand when exported, making it the ideal tool for planning a run, giving driving directions, keeping track of your travels, and more.

vancouver bus appRadar for Metro Vancouver Buses

Shows you live, up-to-the-minute bus locations on the TransLink network. It also gives you quick access to estimated next bus times.

pocket map app iconPocket Map

Pocket Map lets you create folders called "pockets", so you can easily drag and drop your bookmarks into categories.


Photo Apps - Traffic Signs, Community Booklets

photo design ios iconPhoto Design

Photo design app with a simple layyout and bright design for users with visual impairments.

nostalgia app iconNostalgic Photo Free

With this software you can turn your photos into a new style--the old and nostalgic style.


Safety Apps

survival app iconSurvival Signs and Words

This app is a part of a series of applications that focus on functional life, literacy, math, social, health, transportation and work skills for both the iPod/iPhone and iPad.

elementary safety iconElementary Safety

User-friendly, educational, entertaining and appropriate app teaching safety to children.

see touch learn app iconSee.Touch.Learn

This app combines the effectiveness of picture cards with the power and interactivity of the iPad.


Traffic Apps - Concepts / Games

trafficville hd app iconTrafficVille 3D

3D game in which the user is responsible for keeping the flow of traffic and avoiding car crashes. 

crazy car hd app logoCrazy Car HD

Now this game is just about traffic control.  All kinds of cars are controlled by tapping the traffic lights.

Stop Go!Stop Go!

A simple to use timer in the form of a traffic light. Set whether you want it to run red-amber-green or green-amber-red, set the times in minutes and seconds and then off it goes! 

traffic light app logoTraffic Light!

The user watches and controls the set of lights. Use for educational purposes or just for fun. Traffic Light! Can also be used for behaviour management.


Communication Apps

tap to talk app logoTaptoTalk

TapToTalk turns an iPhone™, iPad™ or iPod touch® into an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. Just tap a picture and TapToTalk speaks. 

ChoiceBoard - CreatorChoiceBoard - Creator

This app creates customizable choice boards for the unique needs of individuals with communication challenges.

speech button app iconSpeech Button

Speech Button is an app expertly created by a speech-language pathologist and a registered school psychologist to help children and adults with special needs who are non-verbal or who have difficulty speaking to communicate.

verbally app iconVerbally

Verbally is an easy-to-use, comprehensive Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app for the iPad that brings speech to those without and enables real conversation.

social skills sampler hd app iconSocial Skills Sampler HD

This sampler includes 62 of the most common topics in the Functional Social Skills System including: topics of meeting/greeting people, taking responsibility, being polite and courteous, joining others in groups, apologizing/excusing self, following directions and handling criticism.


Writing Board Apps

easy board app iconEasy Board

This app provides an easy way to provide visuals without the hassle of sticky Velcro or messy white board markers.

whiteboard app iconEducreations Interactive Whiteboard

Turns iPad into a recordable whiteboard with voice recording, realistic digital ink, photos and text, and simple sharing.

Just Draw App iconJust Draw

This is a simple drawing app that allows you to create and save colorful drawings on HP TouchPad. 


Puzzle Apps

aces traffic park classic app iconAces Traffic Park Classic

Strategically maneuver cars around parking lots & traffic jams to set the car free!


Miscellaneous Apps

What Goes Together app iconWhat Goes Together?

An interactive game that develops language, discrimination, and reasoning skills in students.

phone for kids - all in one app iconPhone for Kids - All in One Activity Center

Collection of educational apps.

learning money with leo app iconLearning Money with Leo!

This app provides parents with a practical and fun way to help teach children about the concepts and value of money.

Toddler Puzzle Shapes app iconToddler Puzzle Shapes

A matching game app that helps improve visual perception & develop fine motor skills.

shapes toddler preschool app iconShapes Toddler Preschool

The app displays colorful quizzes, flashcards, puzzles and games while offering positive reinforcement and fun rewards.

tap-n-see-zoo lite app iconTap-n-See Zoo Lite

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.

P.O.V. Spatial Reasoning app iconP.O.V. - Spatial Reasoning Game and Left Right Discrimination

This is a set of 3 activities designed to teach spatial reasoning skills through fun, challenging, interactive activities.


Visual Skills Apps

glow hockey ios appGlow Hockey

Game: Using glow lights to highlight the hockey game, easy to play, hard to master.

bug hunter app iconThe Bug Hunter HD

Move the magnifying glass to locate the the selected bug(s) in the display jar.

animal discovery 3DAnimal Discovery

Game where users learn about animals and feed/take care of them.

Flow Free app iconFlow Free

Solve puzzles by connecting matching colors with pipe to create a flow.

Please note that you may need to check whether the app has been updated or whether it only works with certain operating systems.  Please let us know if you have any information to share about any of the apps on this page!  You can email us or leave a comment below. 


Posted on August 18, 2014
Updated on: May 12, 2020