There are 4 apps in Macular degeneration


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Bump Bump Braille Learn

Bump Bump Braille Learn
developed by Kristhian De Oliveira


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free
App to help people with full, partial or low vision to learn Braille.
"Bump Bump Braille Learn puts learning braille at your finger- tips. Learn the entire alphabet, and the in, and outs of braille. If you already know braille we provide a cheat sheet with the entire alphabet…Bump Bump Braille makes learning braille easy.” AppleVis is the global volunteer community for blind and low vision users of Apple products | https://bit.ly/2RsyTlL


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)  ·  Medical

iAdvocate

iAdvocate
developed by Alan Foley, School of Education, Syracuse University, USA


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free

Instructs parents on how to liaise with schools and educational facilities, with the aim of ensuring that a child's needs are met.

"iAdvocate can provide immediate and specific responses during a CSE meeting when officials try to deny access to services. For example, during a district meeting when the school states "the academic gap is too large for your child to be educated in a general educational setting", the app gives a specific response, such as "according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), discrepancy in cognitive level cannot be the sole determining factor in placement”." Down Syndrome Association Hudson Valley, USA | http://bit.ly/1bbvasK


Tags: Disability

MD_evReader

MD_evReader
developed by The Macular Society with Royal Holloway Enterprise Ltd


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: Free, with some in-app purchases or support within the UK National Health Service

App to help people to read who have lost their central vision, for example through Macular Disease.

“The MD_evReader is a free app for the iPad or Android tablets, which has been developed to help people with a central vision loss read. It presents text from eBooks in a scrolling stream across the screen, in a similar way to a news ticker or a display board on a train. The app is designed for those people who use Eccentric Viewing (EV) and/or steady eye strategies for reading. Some people with macular degeneration may find it useful as a reading aid, or as a way of practising the Eccentric Viewing and steady eye techniques.
The line of text scrolls horizontally from left to right and the reader aims to hold their gaze away from the line to view it with their best region of vision. The trackpad is used to control the speed of the text.
In order to read with the MD_evReader you might need to eccentrically fixate so that you have a good piece of vision through which you are able to view the slowly scrolling text. Try holding your vision still (steady eye) and let the text move. Both Eccentric Viewing and the steady eye strategies take practice but can be well worth the effort.” 
“Limitations:
The MD_evReader is intended for people with macular degeneration who use the Eccentric Viewing and/or steady eye strategies and may not be for everyone. Reading in this way will require some practice and familiarity with Eccentric Viewing. The app works with any ePub document but may not work with eBooks that are under copyright, due to publishers’ restrictions. The app will only upload eBooks that do not have ‘DRM’ encryption, such as out of copyright books and those from small publishers. You can find books from gutenberg.org or torbooks.co.uk or by searching for ‘DRM free eBooks’.”

UK Macular Society, the patient group which developed the app | http://bit.ly/2KCtuCS


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

VisionSim by Braille Institute

VisionSim by Braille Institute
developed by Evil Genius Technologies (EGT), USA


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free

Relies upon the phone's camera (along with digital filters) to allow a user to experience the symptoms of eye disease, and to see the world through the simulated eyes of a person experiencing one of nine degenerative eye conditions.

“This app of ours was designed to foster understanding and compassion for the millions of people affected by these eye conditions.” Braille Institute of America, USA | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


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