Visually impaired

Man using magnifying glass to read

If you are a person who has a visual impairment, you can get advice and information from local  organisations as well as Barnet Sensory Team.

Barnet Borough Sight Impaired Group (BBSI)   work to promote the well-being and independent living of people with a sight loss in Barnet.   They organise regular meetings and outings . 

Barnet Blind and partially sighted Bowls Group provide the opportunity to learn and play bowls on a regular basis for those people who are registered as having a visual impairment.  Tel: 02036124841

Middlesex Association for the Blind (MAB) provides support for people with a visual impairment to help them to lead full, active and independent lives.   

The MAB Mobile Resource Unit regularly visits locations in Barnet to enable visually impaired people to look at and try daily living equipment     

Barnet Council Sensory Team Rehabilitation Workers focus on supporting people who are severely sight impaired (blind), sight impaired (partially sighted) or Deafblind. The specialist workers can provide information, advice and support to any resident who has a significant visual loss.   

Their aim is to help you understand your particular sight problem and work with you and your family, to find the best way of enabling you to maintain your independence and overcome some of the difficulties you may be experiencing.

Apps designed to assist the Visually Impaired


What does it do?

Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is all about connecting blind or visually impaired with sighted volunteers, to help the blind or visually impaired lead more independent lives. Users can request help from a sighted volunteers through a live video connection, from anything from knowing the expiry date on milk to making sure your clothes match.  


This app is very similar to Be My Eyes, allowing users to send a photo of what they need help with and attach a voice message. The community of volunteers can then assist. Unlike Be My Eyes, users send a photo rather than a live video connection.

Aipoly Vision

Object and colour recogniser, which uses artificial intelligence to help people understand their surroundings. Point your camera at the object and the app will tell you what it sees.

Voice Dream Reader

Text-to-speech app, offering a high quality listening experience for those with visual impairments. 

Learn Braille Alphabet

App allows adults to learn how to speak, listen and write Braille alphabets.

Colour Identifier

This uses Augmented Reality (AR) technology to allow your smartphone camera to speak the names of colours in real time.

Light Identifier

Transforms any natural or artificial light into sound. The user points their camera in any direction and will hear a higher or lower sound, depending on the intensity of the light. This can help with independence (i.e. whether the lights switched on). (Available on Apple Store only)


This app helps the blind and visually impaired identify objects they encounter in their daily lives. You simply take a photo of anything, at any angle, and hear the app speak the identification back to you. (Available on Apple Store only)

Magnifying Glass with Light

Allows users to magnify objects by up to 10x. You can have the light on or off and simply tap to focus. (Available on Apple Store only)

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