Accessible Radios | Guide to Radio For Blind and Partially Sighted People From Vital Tech


Last modified: 9th February 2022

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Smart technology has made listening to the radio easier than ever before.  There are also alternative specialist options available.


Specialist products

If you are looking for an easy to use radio, the British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) may be able to help. Although there are currently no talking digital radios on the market, radios such as the portable and relatively compact Roberts Play digital radio, or the larger Roberts Opus digital radio come with station preset functions and are both available from BWFB.

The RNIB digital radio comes with easy-to-see tactile buttons and controls.

If you are seeking inspiration for something interesting to listen to, ‘In Touch’ from BBC Radio 4 is a programme of specific interest to blind and partially sighted people. Similar podcasts and radio services include:


Using your smartphone

There are a number of mainstream radio apps that are inclusively designed.

  • Mainstream app TuneIn brings together music, news, podcasts and audiobooks alongside on demand internet radio.
  • The ooTunes app for Apple products is a paid for comprehensive radio app, streaming from a database of radio services.
  • BBC Sounds available on Apple, Android and Amazon Fire is inclusively designed.


Handy hints

Smart Speakers also offer accessible and intuitive voice driven access to radio – try asking your smart speaker to play your favourite radio station!  You can even buy speakers to boost the sound quality of your smart speaker. You can find more information on smart speakers here.