Smartphone apps for Orientation and Mobility – Perkins School for the Blind

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Smartphone apps for Orientation and Mobility

Apps and techniques I use on my phone to travel independently with a blindness cane on my college campus and beyond.


My favorite tool for O&M and independent navigation as a person with low vision isn’t my blindness cane- it’s my Android smartphone. While I love my blindness cane and all of the ways that it helps me to navigate my community on my own or with limited assistance, I use my phone for orientation and mobility a lot more often than I use my cane in a variety of contexts, and often use smartphone apps and tools in conjunction with my blindness cane as well. Here is a list of popular smartphone apps I’ve downloaded for orientation and mobility as a blindness cane user with low vision, inclusive of Android and iOS devices, including accessible GPS applications. Unless otherwise noted, each application is available on Android and iOS, though the exact features between operating systems may vary.

Google Maps

Google Maps offers several features for visually impaired users, including detailed walking [...]

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