iPad Apps for Vision Therapy – Part 2: Visually Impaired

At the end of Part 1 I included a link to a list of iPad Apps recently updated by our colleague Dr. Carole Hong and her staff.  A special thanks to Dr. Michael Margaretten who frequently shares information about sites of interest, and one that increasingly focuses on iPad Apps is Paths to Literacy, a joint project between Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Here for example are 10 free and low-cost apps that may be especially helpful for older children and any individuals who find reading and/or writing challenging, as recommended by Paul Hamilton.  Some offer text-to-speech and others are appropriate for users who benefit from enlarged print size.  These are not only individuals with low vision, but those with amblyopia or reading disabilities who are subject to crowding and do better with larger print.

Regarding younger children, here is a nice presentation from the juniorblind.org site on use of iPad apps, and a companion video on helping children with low vision develop functional vision skills through iPad apps.

The presentation is by Laura Campaña, Director of Infant & Early Childhood Program at Junior Blind of America, and was given at CTEBVI (CA Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired) in March 2012.  It  introduces multiple applications on the iPad iOS platform that have been tested on children with visual impairment.  It includes cumulative data collected on iPad use compared to APH Lightbox use with children with visual impairment. The purpose of the study was to investigate the use of the iPad as a means to strengthen or initiate visual engagement, parental interaction, communication, visual attentiveness, reaching and/or activation among children with visual impairments and/or multiple disabilities.



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