Technology and Apps

Below is a list of apps, technologies, and websites designed to make school easier. Many of these technologies have universal application, some are helpful especially to those with disabilities, and many are just useful gadgets to keep you on track.

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30/30

Operating System: iOS
Price: Free
Features:

  • Create a task list and add a length of time to each task
  • Start the timer and when it's time to move on to the next task it will alert you
  • Customize with colors, icons and labels

Time Management

Link: 30/30


AccessNote

Operating System: iOS
Price: Free
Features:

  • Notetaking tool for those who are blind or visually impaired created by the American Foundation for the Blind
  • App combines notetaking capabilities with the other accessibility features and functions of the iOS device
  • Input notes with either QWERTY Keyboard, refreshable Braille Display
  • Captured text can be edited and/or copied to another source

Visual Support Notetaking

Link: AccessNote


Adobe Acrobat Reader

Operating System: Windows | Mac
Price: Free
Features:

  • Free PDF reader if PDF documents are readable PDFs
  • Listen to readings instead of reading them yourself
  • Tagged PDFs are read in order in structure tree, untagged are read in logical inferred reading order
  • Tagged PDFs will read alternative text descriptions

Reading

Link: Adobe Acrobat Reader


Any.do

Operating System: Web Browser | iOS | Android
Price: Free
Features:

  • Manage your life in a simple, clever, and fun way using this to-do list app
  • Sync your tasks on your mobile device and computer or use the Chrome extension to sync with Gmail
  • Use the reminder feature so you never forget what you need to do or where you need to be

Organization

Link: Any.do


Apache OpenOffice

Operating System: Windows | Mac
Price: Free
Features:

  • Open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more
  • Available in many languages and works on all common computers
  • Stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages

Writing Study Skills All in One

Link: Apache OpenOffice


AudioNote

Operating System: Mac | iOS | Android | Windows
Price: Free | $4.99
Features:

  • Write, type, or annotate using highlighters
  • Ability to take pictures and record audio with sound linked to your notes
  • Use Google Drive, Dropbox and Box to import, export and share documents such as PowerPoints and take notes directly on them
  • Organize all your notes in one place

Notetaking Speech to Text

Link: AudioNote


Audiotorium

Operating System: iOS
Price: Paid
Features:

  • Record, type, review, organize and share your audio and text notes all in one app
  • Organize your notes by Category and Subject
  • Customize your notes with paper texture and fonts
  • Integrate with TextExpander app to insert common phrases and other text with minimal keystrokes

Notetaking Study Skills

Link: Audiotorium


Balabolka

Operating System: Windows
Price: Free
Features:

  • Text-to-Speech program using the voices installed on your computer
  • Save online text as mP3, mP4, WAV, OGG or WMA file for portable or later listening
  • Reads documents from the clipboard or file types such as DOC, EPUB, HTML, PDF, RTF, and more
  • Customize the background color, font size, and reading options including pitch and rate

Reading Visual Support Hearing Support

Link: Balabolka


Be My Eyes

Operating System: iOS
Price: Free
Features:

  • App that connect people who are blind with sighted volunteers around the world
  • Using video chat, volunteers help people who are blind with a variety of tasks as they serve as the eyes for the person who is blind
  • A networks of thousands of both blind and sighted people across the world

Visual Support Communication

Link: Be My Eyes


Be S.M.A.R.T.

Operating System: iOS
Price: Free | Paid
Features:

  • Set and achieve your goals using this app that employs the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting system
  • Goal categories include: Career, Family, Health and Fitness, Knowledge and Skills and more
  • Track your progress with reminders and indicate achieved versus outstanding goals

Organization

Link: Be S.M.A.R.T.


Beeline Reader

Operating System: Android | iOS | Mac | Windows | Web Browser
Price: Free | $1.99
Features:

  • Polychrome color text reader with Open Dyslexie Font
  • Read PDF files, webpages and convert ebooks to PDF files to be read with this program
  • Polychrome color text helps eyes to track lines of text for easier, faster reading by eliminating “line transition errors.”
  • Various monochrome color schemes for personalized use

Reading Visual Support

Link: Beeline Reader


Bookshare

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities
  • Accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazine are available
  • Individuals with Print Disabilities can sign up for a membership
  • Books available for download can be read on DAISY players, with Screen Readers, Refreshable Braille Displays, and other Assistive Technology Programs

Reading Visual Support

Link: Bookshare


Buddhify

Operating System: Android | iOS
Price: $2.99
Features:

  • Increase your mindfulness and wellbeing with meditation on the go
  • 11 hours of custom meditation for different parts of your day including travel, work, sleeping and more
  • 5-30 minute sessions and solo meditation timer

Relaxation

Link: Buddhify


CamScanner

Operating System: iOS | Android
Price: Free
Features:

  • Use your camera phone to scan documents, notes, whiteboards, business cards or any other document
  • Use the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature to convert images to readable text
  • Add annotations to your scanned documents
  • Sync documents across devices

Study Skills Research

Link: CamScanner


Capti Narrator

Operating System: iOS | Windows
Price: Free
Features:

  • Convert documents and webpages into text-to-speech
  • Upload documents from Dropbox, Google Drive, Clipboard, Instapaper, or web browser
  • Listen to document immediately or save it to your playlist for future listening
  • Adjust speech rate along with the choice of built in voices; additional voices for purchase

Text to Speech Reading Research

Link: Capti Narrator


Cometdocs PDF Converter

Operating System: Windows | iOS | Android | Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Create and convert PDF documents to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, images, and other formats
  • Use within Google Drive with the converted documents waiting for you there
  • Use the web application, desktop app or app on your iOS device to convert documents too

Notetaking Writing Study Skills Research

Link: Cometdocs PDF Converter


DanKan: Colorblind Fix

Operating System: iOS | Android
Price: $2.99
Features:

  • Use this app to help differentiate between colors more easily for people who are color blind or have trouble distinguishing colors
  • Take a picture of the object you want to remix and use the modes to adjust the colors and hues to make it easier to differentiate color(s) the object actually is
  • Helps enhance the colors individuals who are color blind see but this does not mitigate all functional limitations of color blindness

Visual Support

Link: DanKan: Colorblind Fix


Dark Room

Operating System: Windows
Price: Free
Features:

  • Full screen, distraction free writing environment
  • Similar to WriteRoom but for Windows computers
  • Get your computer distractions out of the way with just you, and the text on your computer screen

Writing Time Management

Link: Dark Room


Dropbox

Operating System: Web Browser | iOS | Android | Windows | Mac
Price: Free | $9.99/month
Features:

  • A home for all your photos, docs, videos, and files
  • Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website
  • Easily share documents with others

Communication Organization

Link: Dropbox


Duolingo

Operating System: Web Browser | iOS | Android
Price: Free
Features:

  • Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and English
  • Daily reminders to practice language
  • Compete with friends on the leaderboards
  • Great for beginner language learners, or for proficient speakers that need more practice

Communication Study Skills

Link: Duolingo


ER Browser

Operating System: iOS
Price: $0.99
Features:

  • Adapt and adjust webpages to your own reading preference settings
  • Choose your font from options such as OpenDyslexic
  • Customize the background color of the webpage to decrease visual stress and improve reading ability
  • Adjust font size and letter spacing
  • Bookmark your favorite websites or search your stored history

Reading Visual Support Hearing Support

Link: ER Browser


Evernote

Operating System: Windows | Mac | iOS | Android
Price: Free
Features:

  • A one-stop place to collect notes, files, web clippings, and images with the ability to access them on virtually any device
  • Collect and find your information easily
  • Great tool for researching, planning events and everyday organizational use
  • Collaborate with others on projects using the sharing features

Notetaking Research

Link: Evernote


Evernote Web Clipper

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • With a single click, clip part of any webpage including images, text, or links
  • Clippings get saved to your Evernote account for access later
  • Collect research or items of interest in one place for easy organized information collection
  • Read and access your research from any computer or device

Notetaking Research Study Skills Organization

Link: Evernote Web Clipper


Fleksy

Operating System: iOS | Android
Price: Free
Features:

  • Increase your keyboard or text input system size to 114% the normal size increase ease of sight using this QWERTY keyboard
  • State-of-the-art system powerful enough for individuals who are blind or low vision to use by not needing to look at the screen to type
  • Powerful word prediction system and autocorrect system edits your text without the need to even see the keyboard

Writing Visual Support

Link: Fleksy


Fokus

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Highlight only the text you want to read while Fokus dims and darkens the rest of your Chrome or Firefox window with an overlay
  • Highlights the paragraph you’re reading with the ability to change the opacity of the background overlay
  • Easy to install extension with the ability to turn the feature on or off

Reading Visual Support

Link: Fokus


GhostReader

Operating System: Mac
Price: $24.99
Features:

  • Text-to-Speech app for Mac computers.
  • Reads your text aloud with the ability to customize voices and modify the pronunciation of words so it sounds correct when reading.
  • Ability to zoom and highlight words.
  • Convert text to audio files for on-the-go listening.
  • Import text from a variety of formats including Text, Word, HTML, PDF and RTF.

Visual Support Hearing Support Reading

Link: GhostReader


Ginger Grammar Checker & Spell Checker

Operating System: Windows | Mac | iOS | Android | Web Browser
Price: Free | Price Varies
Features:

  • Checks your spelling and grammar and fixes it according to the context of your text in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome
  • Suggests different and better ways to express your sentences (Premium)
  • Provides training to improve your mistakes (Premium)
  • Reads your text out loud (Premium)

Writing Study Skills

Link: Ginger Grammar Checker & Spell Checker


Google Drive

Operating System: Android | iOS | Mac | Windows | Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Fully-equipped online office suite
  • 15GB of storage with free version
  • Includes Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Calendar, and more!
  • Access your documents across all devices
  • Share and collaborate with others in the same document - in real time

Writing Study Skills Organization Communication All in One

Link: Googe Drive


Go Read

Operating System: Android
Price: Free
Features:

  • Download and listen to your Bookshare books on your Android device
  • Read DAISY and EPUB books with voice navigated and text-to-speech
  • Connects directly to online libraries, and Bookshare for quick download
  • Optimized for visually-impaired readers but usable for anyone

Reading Text to Speech Visual Support

Link: Go Read


Grammarly

Operating System: Windows | Mac | iOS | Android | Web Browser
Price: Free | Price Varies
Features:

  • Eliminate writing mistakes and contextual errors, spelling errors, and poor vocabulary usage
  • Find the right word you are looking for with synonym suggestions
  • Learn from your mistakes to avoid them in the future
  • Grammarly works anywhere your Chrome browser in including emails, essays, social media posts and more
  • Additional features in the paid version

Writing Study Skills

Link: Grammarly


Guided Mind

Operating System: iOS
Price: Free
Features:

  • Relax and get guided through meditations on a variety of topics
  • Step-by-step voice guided meditation
  • Short (5 mins), medium (15 mins) or long (30+ min) meditations
  • Instrumental, nature soundscapes, with looping for continuous play

Relaxation

Link: Guided Mind


Hidden Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults

Operating System: iOS
Price: $1.99
Features:

  • Learn how to deal with the unstated customs and rules all of us encounter on a daily basis
  • Using real life examples, this app address the ever-elusive “hidden curriculum” we’re surrounded by daily
  • Topics include: social relationships, community, money matters, workplace, and more

Communication

Link: Hidden Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults


iAnnotate

Operating System: iOS
Price: Free | $9.99
Features:

  • Annotate PDF, Word Doc, PowerPoint, and image files with this app
  • Use the typewriter, pen, highlighter, stamp, note, underline, photo, voice and other tools to annotate your document
  • Import PDFs or compress and export for secured sharing with others

Notetaking Study Skills

Link: iAnnotate


Ideament

Operating System: iOS | Mac | Windows
Price: Free
Features:

  • Draw and create mind maps, concept maps, and flowcharts
  • Convert your diagram into a text outline, or outline and turn it into a concept/mind map
  • Use to brainstorm, illustrate concepts, make lists and outlines, plan presentation and create organizational charts
  • Import text into Idea Sketch and automatically create diagrams and outlines
  • Share your idea using email, Dropbox and other

Brainstorming Study Skills

Link: Ideament


iFlash

Operating System: iOS | Mac
Price: Free | $14.99
Features:

  • Virtual flash-card program built specifically for Mac OS X with app for iOS devices
  • Record audio, attach images, use categories to create custom cards
  • Download decks of cards already created
  • Study using your iOS device or print them out for studying on the go

Study Skills

Link: iFlash


inClass

Operating System: iOS
Price: Free
Features:

  • Keep track of all your courses and course tasks in one place
  • Reminders of when tasks are due
  • Take and share notes using text, videos, audio, or photo notes
  • Collaborate with classmates using StudyRoom feature

Organization Study Skills

Link: inClass


Inspiration Maps

Operating System: iOS
Price: $9.99
Features:

  • Brainstorm and create mind maps using this app that’s similar to the full Inspiration Program
  • Organize projects to create flow charts
  • Take notes using the visual system and icons to create maps and diagrams

Brainstorming Study Skills

Link: Inspiration Maps


iReadWrite

Operating System: iOS
Price: $19.99
Features:

  • Many of the popular features of Read & Write Gold available in an app
  • Text-to-speech, word prediction, phonetic spell checker, homophone and confusable word checker, dictionaries, and customizable voices, fonts, background, and text colors
  • No Wi-Fi or 3G access needed to run app
  • Ability to import, share, or print documents

Writing Reading Text to Speech

Link: iReadWrite


iStudiez Pro

Operating System: iOS | Mac | Windows
Price: Paid
Features:

  • Stay organized and on top of all your school work and your schedule with this app
  • Using the built-in planner with alerts and reminders, track tasks, homework, deadlines, meetings, and your grades
  • Sync on all your devices so you’re never without this tool

Organization Study Skills

Link: iStudiez Pro


iWordQ

Operating System: iOS
Price: Paid
Features:

  • Context-based word prediction tool; including homonyms
  • Make your own custom abbreviation to simply your writing
  • Text-to-Speech function with breathing space added allows for you to listen to your writing to hear any mistakes and make changes and catch up as you proofread

Text to Speech Writing Study Skills

Link: iWordQ


gFlash+ Flashcards & Tests

Operating System: iOS | Android
Price: Paid
Features:

  • Use this flashcard system on-the-go to study any subject
  • Create, download and manipulate flashcards while studying
  • Different modes including Matching Game provide variation of learning methods
  • Integrates with Google Docs – create spreadsheets of information and upload them to the app to make your study tools

Study Skills

Link: gFlash+ Flashcards & Tests


LookTel Money Reader

Operating System: iOS | Mac
Price: $9.99
Features:

  • LookTel Money Reader allows users who are blind or low vision to recognize currency and will speak the denomination out loud
  • Place money under the camera of your phone and the app will recognize the currency amount
  • Over twenty currencies supported by this app

Visual Support

Link: LookTel Money Reader


LookTel Recognizer

Operating System: iOS
Price: $9.99
Features:

  • LookTel Recognizer allows users who are blind or low vision to recognize objects
  • Build a library of images of objects commonly found in your daily life
  • Once the library is built, place object in front of camera of phone and instant recognition and description of the object will occur

Visual Support

Link: LookTel Recognizer


Microsoft OneNote

Operating System: Windows | Mac | iOS | Android
Price: Free
Features:

  • Take all your notes in OneNote by typing, writing with a touchscreen, importing pictures, video, web links and other resources
  • Divide up your classes and work by notebook, section, and pages
  • Using OneDrive online, share your OneNote document for others to work on and interact with
  • Search your notes for the ability to easily find what you need

Notetaking Research Organization Study Skills Brainstorming

Link: Microsoft OneNote


Mindjet Maps

Operating System: iOS | Android
Price: Free
Features:

  • Create visual mind maps to organize brainstorm, concepts, tasks, ideas, lecture or meeting notes, or action items
  • Easy to use gesture based commands
  • Mapping features include text styling, relationship, and various other tools
  • Integrate your maps to Dropbox for easy sharing

Brainstorming Organization

Link: Mindjet Maps


MindMeister

Operating System: iOS | Web Browser | Android
Price: Free | $6.00/month
Features:

  • Mind Mapping/Brainstorming tool for use on personal devices and the web
  • Collaborate in real time with other people
  • Use the program to present your work
  • Full use of software program and features costs a small, monthly fee

Brainstorming Study Skills

Link: MindMeister


MyHomework

Operating System: iOS | Web Browser | Android | Windows
Price: Free
Features:

  • Track your homework, tests, projects, and lessons
  • Set and receive reminders when assignments are due or tests are coming up
  • Set up your class schedule within the app
  • Synch your information with any of the available devices
  • Integrates and works with Teachers.io

Organization

Link: MyHomework


MyTomatoes

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Use MyTomatoes to time and track your progress using the Pomodoro technique
  • Start the timer and work for 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break
  • At the end of each work sitting, write what you did to track your progress

Time Management

Link: MyTomatoes


NaturalReader

Operating System: Mac | Web Browser | Windows
Price: Free
Features:

  • Text-to-Speech software which converts Microsoft Word, webpages, PDFs, and email into spoken text
  • Customize reading voice and speed for your readings
  • Floating toolbar to read text in other applications
  • Online Text-to-Speech program with options to input text from various sources on your computer

Reading Visual Support

Link: NaturalReader


NaviDys

Operating System: iOS
Price: $2.99
Features:

  • Adapt and adjust webpages to your own reading preference settings
  • Adjust the font to one of 10 available fonts including Dyslexie font
  • Adjust font size, letter spacing and line spacing of the webpage you’re reading

Visual Support Text to Speech Reading

Link: NaviDys


Notability

Operating System: Mac | iOS
Price: $7.99
Features:

  • Write, type, or annotate using highlighters
  • Ability to take pictures and record audio with sound linked to your notes
  • Use Google Drive, Dropbox and Box to import, export and share documents such as PowerPoints and take notes directly on them
  • Organize all your notes in one place

Notetaking Speech to Text

Link: Notability


NVDA Screen Reader

Operating System: Windows
Price: Free
Features:

  • NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free, open source screen reader built for Windows based operating system computers
  • Download to your computer directly or to a USB drive and run on any computer without installation
  • Works with many popular applications such as web browsers, email, and Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to convert text into a Braille using Refreshable Braille Display

Visual Support Reading

Link: NVDA Screen Reader


Pages

Operating System: Mac | iOS
Price: Price Varies
Features:

  • Over 60 Apple-designed templates to instantly create beautiful reports, resumes, cards, and posters
  • Documents shareable between all Apple devices
  • Compatible with Microsoft Word

Notetaking Writing

Link: Pages


PaperPort Notes

Operating System: iOS
Price: Free
Features:

  • Take notes digitally on your iPad using this app
  • Import and combine PDFs, PowerPoints, documents, images, web content and audio into your notes documents
  • Includes tools for note taking and marking up documents
  • Record and replay audio recording of lectures
  • Upload your notes to cloud storage services for easy access and sharing

Notetaking Study Skills

Link: PaperPort Notes


Penultimate

Operating System: iOS
Price: Free
Features:

  • Write, sketch, draw or doodle notes and information on your iPad
  • Lifelike paper in app imitate writing on real paper
  • Sync with your Evernote account for access anywhere, anytime using your computer or mobile devices
  • Search your notes using the search feature in your Evernote Account

Notetaking

Link: Penultimate


Popplet

Operating System: iOS | Web Browser
Price: Free | $4.99
Features:

  • Online and app based mind mapping tool
  • Visually put your thoughts down to create mind maps easily
  • Print these mind maps for yourself or share with others
  • Search your notes using the search feature in your Evernote Account

Brainstorming Study Skills

Link: Popplet


Proloquo2Go

Operating System: iOS
Price: $249.99
Features:

  • Augmented and alternative communication tool for people who cannot speak or have difficulty speaking for themselves
  • Over 75,000 pictures to help convey any needs throughout the day
  • Free Text-to-Speech to let others hear your speech out loud

Communication

Link: Proloquo2Go


Quizlet

Operating System: iOS | Web Browser | Android
Price: Free
Features:

  • Online resource of study tools and game of virtually any educational subject
  • 7 modes including traditional flash cards allow students to study in varied ways to help master material
  • Generate your own content or use content other users have created

Study Skills

Link: Quizlet


Read2Go

Operating System: iOS
Price: Free
Features:

  • Browse over 190,000 books for have access all of your Bookshare books on your mobile device
  • Easy use app to read text or turn on the text-to-speech mode/li>
  • Control the text layout of the page for easier visual reading including font size, color, background and reading options such as reading speed, and voice options
  • Connect via Bluetooth to a braille display to read in Braille

Reading Text to Speech Visual Support

Link: Read2Go


Readability

Operating System: Android | iOS | Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Turns any webpage into a clean reading page.
  • Eliminates distractions and other visual clutter.
  • Read your articles now or save them for future reading.
  • Adjust text size and line length for easier reading.
  • Safari internet browser has built in feature that does similar features.

Reading Study Skills Time Management

Link: Readability


Readsy

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Use Readsy to focus your eyes on one word at a time without having to move them while reading
  • Upload a PDF, txt or copy and paste text into the website to have it read in their Readsy interact
  • Use Readsys Redicle, or interface adjusts position of word for optimum viewing in your eyes and highlights one letter of each word in red to help focus your eyes
  • Increase reading speed and comprehension using Readsy
  • Use Spritz to test yourself to find optimum reading speed

Reading Visual Support

Link: Readsy


Remember the Milk

Operating System: Web Browser | iOS | Android
Price: Free
Features:

  • Never forget the milk, or any other task using this task/to-do-list
  • Organize your tasks with priorities, due date, time estimates, tags, repeating tasks and more
  • Sync tasks on multiple devices and with calendars such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Outlook, iCal, and more!
  • Get email, text or Instant Message Reminders to yourself using their website reminder feature

Organization

Link: Remember the Milk


Research Project Calculator

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Enter your assignment title, the start date, due date, the class, and pick the type of assignment
  • Choose from Writing Assignment or Essay, Oral Presentation with Slides, Video Assignment or History Day Research Notes
  • Website will break down your assignment and give you a timeline for your project with deadlines for each step

Study Skills Research

Link: Research Project Calculator


Rewordify

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Rewordify replaces higher-level vocabulary with words that are easier to understand
  • Help build understanding within readings and builds vocabulary
  • Difficult words are replaced and highlighted
  • Click on the words that were replaced to see the original word in the text

Reading Study Skills

Link: Rewordify


Scrible

Operating System: Web Browser | iOS
Price: Free
Features:

  • Annotate, highlight and type right into your web browser
  • Capture thoughts and share your comments in the web page
  • Share your annotation with others via email or social media
  • Bookmark and save your webpages in the cloud for access from anywhere

Research Study Skills Notetaking

Link: Scrible


Scrivener

Operating System: Windows | iOS
Price: $40 for Windows | $19.99 for iOS
Features:

  • Built-in corkboard organizer to label, rearrange, stack, or group documents
  • Outlining tool makes it easy to organize papers and documents
  • “Scrivenings” mode easily switches views between the entire document and a single section to break down and organize ideas while writing
  • Access to all typical rich text editor tools: Tables, bullet points, images, text formatting, etc.
  • Plenty of tools to help writers, including a “target” tool that tracks how many words you have written for the session, a Name Generator for story writers, a Snapshot feature that brings back an old version of your document, and a Full Screen mode that blocks out other computer distractions

Brainstorming Notetaking Organization Research Writing

Link: Scrivener


Shahi Visual Dictionary

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Online picture dictionary great for anyone, or those with a visual learning preference or English Language Learners
  • Dictionary finds pictures from Flickr, Google and Yahoo
  • Hyperlinked words in definition are easily able to be defined with pictures

Language Study Skills

Link: Shahi Visual Dictionary


Sign 4 Me - A Signed English Translator

Operating System: iOS
Price: $9.99
Features:

  • Learn sign language using this app with over 11,500 words
  • 3D avatar characters can be zoomed in/out or rotated to give you the best viewing of every sign
  • Type in a sentence, phrase, word or alphabet for visual playback with the Signed English translation
  • May not provide correct grammatical structure of signed sentences

Hearing Support Communication

Link: Sign 4 Me - A Signed English Translator


Son of Citation Machine

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Use this tool to create citations, works cited, and bibliographies
  • Formatting options for MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian
  • Fill in the web form with the information from your resource and click “Make Citation”
  • Citation will show up on your screen to copy into your document

Research

Link: Son of Citation Machine


Sonocent Recorder

Operating System: iOS
Price: Free
Features:

  • Record your notes on your portable device
  • Highlight important parts of your recording and add notes
  • Break up your recording and tag it to make it easier to find later
  • Upload to the Sonocent Audio Notetaker Program on your computer
  • Additional features in the paid version

Study Skills Hearing Support Notetaking

Link: Sonocent Recorder


soundAMP R

Operating System: iOS
Price: Paid
Features:

  • Amplify sounds and the world around you with this app built for anyone with hearing loss
  • Sounds comes in through your iDevice microphone and is played back in real time through earbuds connected to your device
  • Ability to customize and control sound for each ear individually along with the ability to adjust the volume, background sound level and tone
  • Record lectures, meetings and appointments with the ability to listen back later on the device or by exporting to your computer

Hearing Support

Link: soundAMP R


SoundNote

Operating System: Mac | iOS
Price: $4.99
Features:

  • Type or write out your notes while the audio recording is synced to each word or pen stroke
  • Tap on the word and then the play button to playback what was being said at that moment in the audio recording
  • Share your audio recording and notes via email, Dropbox, or transfer directly to your computer

Notetaking Speech to Text

Link: SoundNote


Spreed

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Train yourself to increase your reading speed
  • Import online articles and have them read at double or triple the speed
  • Can train to read between 200 and 400 words per minute

Reading

Link: Spreed


Spritz

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Test your reading speed using Spritz to find your optimum reading speed to use in partnership with Readsy
  • Increase or decrease the test reading speed to find your balance of speed and comprehension
  • Spritz custom interface (called Spritzlet) adjusts word position and red letter placement for increased focus, attention and comprehension
  • Various website and apps have the Spritz Spritzlet embedded in it

Reading

Link: Spritz


StayFocusd

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Increase your productivity by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites that waste your time
  • Pre-program distracting and time wasting websites
  • When your time limit is up, these sites will be inaccessible for the rest of the day

Time Management

Link: StayFocusd


Study Blue

Operating System: Web Browser | iOS | Android
Price: Free
Features:

  • Study virtually any topic with this on-the-go flashcard study aid
  • Create your own flashcards or use one of the over 150 million notes and cards already created by other uses
  • Test yourself and get your score of how many right and wrong, with the option to focus more on the items you don’t know
  • Study on the go using your mobile device

Study Skills

Link: Study Blue


TalkingBrowser

Operating System: iOS
Price: Free
Features:

  • Browse the web while this app reads entire articles or select portions out loud to you using text-to-speech
  • Select one of five voices for text-to-speech with the additional options of adjustable sound pitch, variance and speed
  • Ability to zoom in, zoom out, or auto zoom the page for easier visual reading

Text to Speech Visual Support

Link: TalkingBrowser


TapTapSee

Operating System: iOS | Android
Price: Free
Features:

  • Use this app to help identify everyday objects for anyone with a visual impairment or who is blind
  • Double tap the screen, take a picture of the object, and hear what the object is spoken out loud
  • Turn VoiceOver on to have the object description read out loud

Reading Text to Speech Visual Support

Link: TapTapSee


TextExpander

Operating System: iOS
Price: Paid
Features:

  • Type more with less effort using this custom keyboard shortcut app
  • Create custom abbreviations called snippets of frequently used words and phrases for easy, quick entry into your documents
  • Insert snippets by simply touching on them on your screen
  • Use Dropbox to sync your snippets across devices

Writing

Link: TextExpander


Thunder Screen Reader

Operating System: Windows
Price: Free
Features:

  • Free screen reader for Windows based computers that provides access for individuals who are blind or low vision
  • Download to your Windows computer or download to a USB drive to run from any computer without the need to download
  • Use this program to access internet browsers, word processing and common applications on your computer in multiple languages

Visual Support

Link: Thunder Screen Reader


Time Timer

Operating System: iOS
Price: Paid
Features:

  • Visual timer great for people of any age
  • Visually structure your time or break time up into segments using this timer program
  • Easy to use app interface with up to four visual timers
  • Time seconds, minutes or hours with this timer

Time Management

Link: Time Timer


TimeTracker

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Track how long you’ve been off task in a website
  • A running time clock appears at the top of the tab you have opened counting how many minutes and seconds you’ve been in that website

Time Management

Link: TimeTracker


Todist

Operating System: iOS | Android | Web Browser | Windows | Mac
Price: Free | $29/year
Features:

  • Sub tasks, notifications, prioritization, reminders, notes, and filters in this all-in-one to-do list
  • Access tasks from anywhere and collaborate on shared tasks
  • Streamlined, intuitive design

Organization

Link: Todist


Turn Off the Lights

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Click the light bulb button to get your screen to fade to a dark opacity overlay
  • Everything but the key area you are working in, such as a YouTube Video, a Google Doc, or an HTML 5 website will fade
  • Ability to adjust opacity and darkness
  • Shortcut keys to command program

Visual Support

Link: Turn Off the Lights


Typ-O HD

Operating System: iOS
Price: $14.99
Features:

  • Word prediction with text-to-speech capability to hear the word options before you select them
  • Ability to enter text on the screen using speech recognition
  • Listen to your work with the text-to-speech feature
  • Spell checker built in that frequently gets misspelled words right

Writing Text to Speech Speech to Text

Link: Typ-O HD


vBookz

Operating System: iOS
Price: $4.99
Features:

  • Reads PDF files aloud
  • Supports 16 languages
  • Adjustable words-per-minute
  • Magnifying glass highlights words, also contains dyslexic font

Text to Speech Reading

Link: vBookz


Verbally

Operating System: iOS
Price: Free
Features:

  • Augmented communication app for individuals of different ages and abilities
  • Simplistically designed interface for ease of use
  • With over 50 essentials words, a Core Phrases Grid for common phrases and Text Prediction to increase speed of communication
  • Option to upgrade to Verbally Premium for ability to customize phrases

Communication

Link: Verbally


Vision Assist

Operating System: iOS
Price: $3.99
Features:

  • Use your iDevice to become an instant handheld magnifier or CCTV
  • Zoom images up to 20x
  • Change display mode to match your best vision including black and white, color, highlights, contrasting colors, and smart text to enhance text
  • Magnify documents, books, whiteboard or anything you see
  • Compatible with VoiceOver

Visual Support

Link: Vision Assist


Voice Dream Reader

Operating System: iOS | Android
Price: Pricing Varies
Features:

  • Text-to-speech app to read books with the ability to customize your screen for preferred reading options
  • Read by listening to the text, visually or both at the same time
  • Supports PDF, Word Docs, EPUB, DAISY, eBooks, Web pages and more with the ability to integrate your Bookshare books or books in Dropbox, Evernote, Pocket, Gutenberg and more
  • Offers multiple language options, various fonts including Open Dyslexic font, and many voices with the option to purchase additional voices
  • Highlight information in the reading and export it to other programs and apps

Reading Visual Support Hearing Support Study Skills Text to Speech

Link: Voice Dream Reader


Voice Typing in Google Chrome

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Go into your Tools menu in the Google Chrome Browser and select Voice Typing
  • Click on the microphone that pops up and start talking
  • Your text will be entered into the typing field
  • Correct mistakes without moving your cursor

Notetaking Speech to Text Writing

Link: Voice Typing in Google Chrome


VoiceNote

Operating System: Web Browser
Price: Free
Features:

  • Extension for Google Chrome that allows you to type by simply speaking out loud
  • Create a shortcut for easy use with other applications
  • Speak your punctuation or click the buttons to add it to the text

Notetaking Speech to Text Writing

Link: VoiceNote


WritePad

Operating System: iOS | Android
Price: $7.99
Features:

  • Take notes with your stylus or finger while handwriting recognition turns these notes into typed text
  • Recognition adapts, adjusts, and learns your style of writing over time
  • Built in spell check with custom dictionary, context analyzer, autocorrect, and Shorthand feature
  • Synchronize documents with Evernote, Dropbox, iTunes, Google Docs, Email and more!

Notetaking Writing

Link: WritePad


WriteRoom

Operating System: Mac
Price: $9.99
Features:

  • Full screen, distraction free writing environment
  • Get your computer distractions out of the way with just you, and the text on your computer screen
  • Limits layout ability, including limiting the ability to add graphs, and tables
  • Auto save and word count are available features

Writing Time Management

Link: WriteRoom