Financial Independence For Visually Impaired

Apps to help you track and manage your finances.

In this week’s post, I am going to provide you with ideas and apps that will help you track and manage your finances. From talking calculators, to an app to help you identify currency, to an app to help you manage your statements and a few more in betweeen.

Talking Scientific Calculator

Students in school are required to learn how to use a scientific calculator.  Well for users who can not see the screen, a talking scientific calculator is exuberantly priced.  Now we have an app for that and guess what, its only $4.99 and fully accessible!

This Calculator is so feature rich that it is used world wide.  It was designed for a wide range of users, this calculator has large colorful buttons, optional high contrast, full VoiceOver support, and unique to this calculator; the option to use speech for answers, buttons names and formulas!  This is the big brother to the “Talking Calculator”.

Where to Find Out More: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/talking-scientific-calculator/id411433609?mt=8

Cost:  $4.99

Talking Calculator

This is a feature rich talking calculator.  It has multiple user interfaces.  One for very beginning learners and then a more standard interface.  Customizable for vision:  Normal to low vision: Large, clear buttons with optional speech; Low vision: High contrast display mode, with optional speech; No vision / blind: VoiceOver reads the button names before they are activated. This is just the tip of the feature iceberg.

A comprehensively featured calculator that has become a favorite among adults and primary schools around the world. Designed for a wide range of users, this calculator has large colorful buttons, optional high contrast, full VoiceOver support, and unique to this calculator; the option to use speech for answers, button names and formulas!

Where to Find Out More:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/talking-calculator/id424464284?mt=8

Cost:  $1.99

EyeNote

Having difficulty identifying currency?  This app uses the camera on your iOS device to speak the currency amount clearly and accurately.

The EyeNote application (app) was developed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) for the blind or visually impaired to use as a tool to increase accessibility to Federal Reserve Notes (U.S. paper currency). EyeNote® is built for the Apple iOS to allow the user to scan a bank note and communicate its value back to the user.

Where to Find Out More:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eyenote/id405336354?mt=8&ls=1

Cost:  FREE

LookTel Money Reader

This app works instantly and in real time to view and speak your currency.  Several currencies are supported and does not require an internet connection.  This app is also works great with VoiceOver.

LookTel Money Reader instantly recognizes currency and speaks the denomination, enabling people with visual impairments or blindness to quickly and easily identify and count bills. Simply hold a bill in front of your Mac’s camera and the application will tell you the denomination in real-time.

Where to Find Out More:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/looktel-money-reader/id477052345?mt=12

Cost:  $9.99

Mint: Personal Finance & Money

I don’t know about you but with all the credit cards and bank accounts that seem to aquire today, how does a blind or visually impaired person keep track of it all.  Account numbers, pay dates, banking numbers, routing numbers, etc.  This is difficult for most individuals to track.  This app keeps it all in one place and not only that but it is VoiceOver accessible and it’s FREE. WHAT???!!!

Mint is the free, effortless way to manage your money in one place.  Finally, there’s one place to manage all your finances with ease. Mint is the free money manager and financial tracker app from the makers of TurboTax® that does it all. We bring together your bank accounts, credit cards, bills and investments so you know where you stand. See what you’re spending, where you can save money, and stay on top of bill pay in Mint like never before. You can even keep track of your credit score to help you be smart about it, no credit card required.

Where to Find Out More:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mint-personal-finance-money/id300238550?mt=8

Cost:  FREE

~ GloriaFinancial Independence For Visually Impaired Tech Tips Training

Gloria Stuart is a Senior Assistive Technology Specialist and Trainer at New England Low Vision and Blindness. Gloria is both an expert and user of low vision equipment providing assistive technology services to children and adults in RI and the New England region for more than 20 years.

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New England Low Vision and Blindness offers training on these and other apps.  To learn more, contact a Low Vision Specialist at New England Low Vision and Blindness today –  email us at info@nelowvision.com or call our toll free number 888-211-6933.

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