O&M Instructional Guide to Incorporating Shopping Apps into Lessons and Daily Life- Part 5 A  

Contributed by: Jennifer Freeman, Orientation and Mobility Specialist


Goal or O&M skill:

The focus of part 5A is to introduce the various grocery shopping related apps involving making lists and using in the community for O&M specialists to use on lessons, for individuals to access and learn about.

Part 5 B will be posted soon and covering food delivery companies and accessible apps for shopping online.

Appropriate for ages:

The apps can be used for all ages involving individuals who shop.

Materials needed:

  1. iTunes: to purchase or add apps

  2. IOS or Apple device: to upload apps on


For apps related to shopping: Follow this link 

The Top 8 Grocery Shopping Apps for 2017

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Going Grocery Shopping? Top 5 Android Shopping List Apps

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  1. iGet Going to the Grocery Store is an app that is $2.99. I highly recommend that you purchase this app to use with students who have multiple disabilities and low vision. It is voiceover accessible, has pictures and is user friendly. This is a great real picture oriented grocery shopping related app. It is fabulous for orienting students to the grocery store and introducing all grocery store related concepts. I have introduced grocery store related categories with voiceover and pictures to students who do not read. For instance, if there is a picture of a grocery cart on the app, my student and I will walk to the grocery carts and discuss the concepts related to the cart such as placing the long cane in the front basket while you shop and how to walk behind the cart. Individuals can additionally explore the cart with their hands. After you have discussed all the concepts, the person can check the grocery cart off the list. I have had great success with this app. Read more about it once you follow the itunes link.

Itunes link: Click Here

BONUS TIP: The iGet related apps are great wonderful for teaching so many skills! They do have a cost associated but they are accessible and functional. The iGet apps over learning topics of family, classmates, holidays, concepts related to the hospital, fire fighters, birthday parties, restaurant, community, school schedule, calendar, a story about me etc. for any disability. Here is the link to the iGet apps: Click Here

I will discuss the iGet apps in the future as they relate to the blog app topic I write about.


  1. Grosh is a free app. It is voiceover accessible. I have found that when it comes to making grocery lists many of my students struggle particularly if they have low vision and don’t regularly rely on a Braillenote. A pen and paper list is not always an option so our go to choice is using the phone. The great thing about this app is that it will place items on the list in each category so that individuals can learn to identify where to locate items in a grocery store.

Itunes link: Click Here

Youtube video describing Grosh: Click Here

About Grosh and a video on why they made the app: Click Here

Grosh for Apple Watch: Click Here

  1. Seeing AI is a free app that is accessible and has been discussed in prior blog posts. You do not have to have voiceover on to use the app. I have experienced some interference with the app and voiceover but if you understand gestures and how to flick through the screen, you will have no problems using voiceover with the app. When voiceover is on, try to flick one finger in the up motion to move through the section at the bottom of the screen. A one finger flick up allows you to move right through each section such as short text, document, product, person, currency or scene. To go back through the categories, flick in the down motion to move left. I am sure that using the gestures make sense to people who use them regularly but as a teacher or non regular voiceover user who does not often use gestures, it took me a little bit to figure it out. Seeing AI is one of the apps that I highly recommend that you add to smart devices. Additionally, Seeing AI is a great app to use to scan products when on a grocery lesson. I have students scan various tomato sauces for instance and discuss the various brands that exist as part of an orientation to the grocery store. Individuals can practice using the product feature in the store or at home.

Itunes Link: Click Here

Youtube video explanation of Seeing AI while using products: Click Here

4. Grocery Pal is a free app.  It is voiceover accessible. It is an app that allows you to make a grocery list, find specials and use coupons from your local stores. You can print coupons from the app. Additionally you can scan barcodes of items you would like to add to your list. The way information is added to the list can be extensive including taking images or photos of items that you would like to add to the list, you can add in store name, aisle, quantity and notes regarding the item added to the list. You can use all of this information during a lesson regarding orientation to a grocery store and developing understanding on how to create a thorough grocery list. You can e-mail or text the list to another person and/or ask someone to be invited or join the list.

Itunes Link: Click Here

Information on Grocery Pal from the American Foundation for the Blind:

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5. Grocery Gadget Shopping List app is free. It is voiceover accessible. You can share your list with others and access the list from other computers. It is another app that allows you to make a grocery lists. Additionally you can scan barcodes of items you would like to add to your list. The way information is added to the list can be extensive including taking images or photos of items that you would like to add to the list. You can use all of this information during a lesson regarding orientation to a grocery store and developing understanding on how to create a thorough grocery list.

Itunes link: Click Here

Youtube video link explaining Grocery Gadget: Click Here

6. Out of Milk app is free. It will sync with other smart phones so that you can have a shared shopping list. It is voiceover accessible. It is similar to the other recommended accessible grocery related apps. An additional feature this app has is a ToDo List.

Itunes link: Click Here

Youtube video review: Click Here

7. AnyList app is free app. It is voiceover accessible. You can collect recipes and formulate your grocery list. You can meal plan and make lists to share just as mentioned above regarding grocery pal, grocery gadget and Out of Milk.

Explanation of the AnyList app link: Click Here

Itunes Link: Click Here

Youtube Link: Click Here

8. NantMobile Money Reader app is free. It allows the individual to aim the camera and identify money denominations.

Itunes link: Click Here

Youtube video demonstration on how to use the  NantMobile Money Reader app:

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This app is also known as LookTel Money Reader app

LookTel Money Reader app explained: Click Here

Link to how to use the LookTel Money Reader: Click Here

Youtube demonstration on how to use the LookTel Money Reader:

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How to incorporate the transportation related apps into O&M instruction or daily life:

  1. Pair any of the apps to help orient a person who has vision loss to the grocery store.

  2. All the grocery list related apps have sections to help individuals identify what category each item on the list might fall under. For example, milk would go under the category dairy. Use that concept to then go explore the dairy portion of the store. Discuss and explore all items in the dairy section.

  3. Once the perimeter of the store has been explored, teach the individual to locate just one section and find one item to buy. For instance, have the person follow the perimeter to locate the dairy section to find Whole milk. Use the Seeing AI app to have the person try and scan the barcode to confirm that he/she has located the correct milk. Now try to use the Seeing AI app to determine the price by using the short text feature. Discuss where the price tag might be placed. Practice this technique for all basic food groups.

  4. Have the individual go into the grocery store with their grocery list that they made on their app. Teach the person with vision loss to seek out customer support personnel to help with grabbing all items on the grocery list. This is helpful because now the list is done by category so the person creating the list does not have to think of how to categorize it to help the person shopping with them.

  5. Don’t forget to discuss how the long cane should be placed into the grocery cart at an angle to identify the person behind the cart as a person who has vision loss. Often the cane will fall through the grocery cart holes so be strategic in teaching this skill. Remind the person with vision loss to get behind the cart so that it is used a bumper. It is best to recommend that the customer support person pulls the cart while the person with vision loss is behind the cart. The person with vision loss should ask the person pulling the cart to verbally state what actions they are doing throughout the store to lessen disorientation.

  6. Go over different ways that groceries can be transported. For instance when buying only a couple items, the person might consider bringing a backpack or even a backpack cooler. Here is a link and image of a backpack cooler that can be purchased on Amazon for around $21. Click Here

7. Other ideas for pulling groceries while using a long cane include putting the groceies in a wagon or grocery pull cart. You can go on Amazon to find these items by following the link. In addition some photos were added.

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8. As it states in the review of the iGet Grocery App, use the app to help facilitate orientation to a grocery store. This app is best for individuals who have low vision because of the pictures used. However, you can use voiceover with this app. The great thing about the pictures are that they are real photos of the items so grasping the concept will happen faster.

9. Don’t forget to take the opportunity to incorporate the money reader app to make a purchase!

10. Have a fun time exploring the products on the shelf and reading signs around the store using the Seeing AI app. Seeing AI can identify money/currency as well for purchases.

11. Discuss which items are best purchased at the store and what items might be better purchased online and delivered to the house to make grocery shopping easier. For instance, paper towels and toilet paper can be ordered online and small everyday needed items to make meals, should be purchased at the store.  

12. Lastly, check back for Part 5B of the blog post regarding online shopping which will support the recommendation made in #11 on this list.

Additional and Useful Shopping Tips:

Wonderful Shopping Tips from VisionAware:

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Tips on how to organize your kitchen from VisionAware:

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