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Orientation & Mobility Apps

Orientation & Mobility Applications (apps) for parents and teachers of students with visual impairments.

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 EweWhen 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 LiteTap 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.

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.
Autour app icon



Autour is an eyes-free mobile system designed to give blind users a better sense of their surroundings. Places around you are read to you from a map as you walk.

Safety Apps

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. 

Communication Apps

ChoiceBoard - CreatorChoiceBoard – Creator

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

Writing Board Apps

whiteboard app iconEducreations Interactive Whiteboard

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

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.

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 Now 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.

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.  This page was updated on March 5, 2024, but we know that apps come and go on a regular basis. Please let us know if you have any information to share about any of the apps on this page.

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Two students using long canes to travel on sidewalk
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