Free/Low Cost Assistive Technology

CSDTech is doing constant research on rising technology and software.  Technology, software, or mobile apps that we find will be useful to help students excel academically and/or in the work force are added to this page. Our technology recommendations include Mac, Windows PC, iOS devices, and Android Devices. We try to find technology and software that is provided at minimal cost on behalf of the student.  Majority of the recommendations that are offered have free versions or trials that can be upgraded if the student likes it. Please note that some of the suggestions are only available to students with the proper accommodations.

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Text-to-Speech/Literacy Software
Note-taking
Writing Support/Organization
Speech Input
Study Aids
Time Management/Organization
Health and Wellness
Anxiety and Meditation

Text-to-Speech/Literacy Software

Read & WriteRead and Write

Program

Available for Mac and Windows PC

 

Read&Write is a customizable toolbar that integrates reading, writing, studying, and research support tools with common applications. Some features include Text To Speech with Dual Synchronized Highlighting, Highlighting, Talking Dictionary, Picture Dictionary, Vocabulary Tool, Study Skills tools to capture highlights and OCR capabilities.

 

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KurzweilCapture

Program/App

Available for Mac, Windows PC, and iPad

 

Kurzweil provides a centralized hub for accessing data insights and managing content across platforms. This software is intended to improve comprehension and literacy skills of struggling students. Some features include text-to-speech, highlighting, text notes, dictionaries and OCR capabilities.

 

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Voice Dream Reader

Voice Dream reader

App

Available for iOS and Android

Cost: $9.99

 

Voice Dream Reader is the world’s most accessible reading tool. With advanced text-to-speech and a highly configurable screen layout, it can be tailored to suit every reading style from completely auditory to completely visual, plus synchronized combination of both.

 

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Windows NarratorWindows Reader

 

Built-In Software

Available for Windows PC

Hear text read aloud with Windows built in text-to-speech feature called Narrator.

 

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Apple Text-to-SpeechApple Logo

Built-In Software

Available for iOS and Mac

 

Apple products give you the option to hear text read aloud using their built in text-to-speech feature in Macs and Speak Selection in iOS devices.

 

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Note-Taking

 AudioNote

 audionote icon

 Program/App

Available for Mac, Windows PC, Android, and iOS

Cost: $4.99-$19.99

 

 

 AudioNote combines the functionality of a notepad and voice recorder to create a powerful tool that will save you time while improving the quality of your notes. By synchronizing notes and audio, AudioNote automatically indexes your meetings, lectures, interviews, or study sessions.

 

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 Notability

 Notability

 App

Available for iOS and Mac

Cost: $2.99

 

 Notability is a powerful note-taker to annotate documents, sketch ideas, record lectures, and more, on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Notability is the one place to create, share, and manage your notes. It combines handwriting, typing, audio recordings, and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs.

 

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 Evernoteevernote  Online Resource/App

Available for iOS, Android, and Web

 

Let Evernote change the way you organize your work. Just dive in: take notes, track tasks, and save things you find online. We’ll sync everything between your phone and computer automatically.

 

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Writing Support/Organization

Voice Dream WriterVoice dream writer App

Available for iOS

Cost: $9.99

 

Voice Dream Writer helps everyone write better: Text-to-speech proofreading reduces mistakes, phonetic and meaning search help you use the right words, and an active outline helps you still organized and improves the structure of your writing.

 

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Gingerginger Program/App

Available for iOS and Windows PC

 

Ginger is a grammar and spelling checker that provide valuable writing support. It automatically corrects unusual spelling mistakes, misused words and grammar errors.

 

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Inspiration Mapsinspiration maps App

Available for iOS

Cost: $9.99

Inspiration software supports visual thinking techniques, enabling students to create and update graphic organizers, concept maps, idea maps and other visual diagrams.

 

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Poppletpopplet Online Resource/App

Available for iOS and Web

 

Popplet is a mind mapping tool that allows students to think and learn visually. By capturing facts, thoughts, and images, students learn to create relationships between them and generate new ideas.

 

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Idea SketchIdea sketch  Program/App

Available for iOS and Windows PC

 

Idea Sketch lets you easily draw a diagram –mind map, concept map, flow chart– and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. Use Idea Sketch for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more!

 

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Read & WriteRead and Write  Program

Available for Mac and Windows PC

 

Read&Write is a customizable toolbar that integrates reading, writing, studying, and research support tools with common applications. Some features include Text To Speech with Dual Synchronized Highlighting, Highlighting, Talking Dictionary, Picture Dictionary, Vocabulary Tool, Study Skills tools to capture highlights and OCR capabilities.

 

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Speech Input

Apple DictationApple dictate Built-In Software

Available for iOS and Mac

iOS and Mac devices have a dictation feature built right in. No app needed! Tap the microphone button on the keyboard, say what you want to write, and your iOS device converts your words (and numbers and characters) into text.

 

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Windows Speech RecognitionWidnows speech recog Built-In Software

Available for Windows PC

 

Windows devices have a Speech Recognition feature built into their operating system. This allows you to use your voice to control your computer or to dictate and edit text.

 

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Voice Note II – Speech to TextVoice Note II Google Chrome Application

Available for Web

 

The VoiceNote application allows typing on a computer, by dictating text to the microphone. Create a shortcut for the application to open at any time. Have the option to speak punctuation or use the punctuation buttons to insert them.

 

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DragonDragon Program

Available for Mac and Windows PC

 

Dragon Naturally Speaking and Dragon for Mac are speech recognition programs that allows you to control your computer with your voice. In addition, Dragon allows you to dictate your words and have that speech transcribed as written text.

 

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Voice Typing

Voice Typing

Google Docs Application

Available for Web

Voice Typing is a speech recognition program available within Google Docs. Use your voice to dictate and edit your documents.

 

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Study Aids

QuizletQuizlet  Online Resource/App

Available for Web, iOS, and Android

 

Quizlet is an online study tool that allows you to create flashcards or search the millions of sets already created by users. Great for all learning styles as Quizlet allows studying with images and audio. Play games to study as well as take practice tests. Share with your classmates!

 

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Khan AcademyKhan Academy Logo  Online Resource

Available for Web

 

A collection of more than 3,200 micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, healthcare and medicine, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, cosmology, organic chemistry, American civics, art history, microeconomics and computer science.

 

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Study BlueStudy Blue  Online Resource/App

Available for Web, iOS, and Android

 

Study Blue is a study materials sharing website. You can make flashcards and study guides and look for ones from other people that have taken your same class. UConn currently has 1314 different classes represented on the site.

 

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Wolfram AlphaWolfram Aplha  Online Resource/App

Available for Web, iOS, and Android

 

Wolfram Alpha is an exceptional knowledge engine for both iOS and Android. You can search for information in almost every area of science and mathematics and it will even help solve math problems while showing all the steps involved in deriving the solution.

 

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FlashcardletFlashcardlet  App

Available for iOS

 

Flashcardlet is a studying app that helps you prepare for exams by using flashcards. Flashcards can be downloaded from Quizlet through Flashcardlet or made from scratch. You can even shuffle your cards to randomize your studying and track your studying progress to focus on more difficult information.

 

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Time Management/Organization

myHomeworkMyHomework Online Resource/App

Available for Web, iOS, and Android

Cost: Free/$4.99 for premium

 

 

myHomework is the best way to keep your school life organized. It tracks your classes, homework and projects so you never forget an assignment again.

 

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Remindersreminders Built-In Software/Online Resource

Available for Mac, iOS, and Web

 

Reminders allows you to create and manage to-do items or tasks for all areas of your life—such as work, home, and school—by using the Reminders app on iCloud.com from a Mac or Windows web browser

 

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Any.DOanydo Online Resource/App

Available for Web, iOS, and Android

 

Any.DO is a free organizational and time management app that helps you remember what you need to do. Users can organize their tasks and set due dates for each task and then receive regular reminders of when work is due. Any.DO syncs across all your devices.

 

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30/303030 App

Available for iOS

 

30/30 is a quick and easy time management app for iOS devices. You can setup a list of tasks you want to do, set how much time to spend on each task, and then just start the timer. 30/30 will alarm you when your time for doing a task is over and then start the timer for the next task. 30/30 even makes room for putting breaks in your schedule so that you don’t over-work yourself.

 

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EpicWinepicwin App

Available for iOS

 

Epic win is an RPG style time management app for iOS. You play as one of five animated characters with different strengths to win loot, complete your journey, and level up. Quests are calendar entries in a checklist form, and can be set to repeat weekly or monthly if wanted. Calendar entries can be assigned an alarm or synced with Google calendar.

 

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Health and Wellness

MyFitnessPalmyfitnesspal Online Resource/App

Available for Web, iOS, and Android

 

When it comes to health and fitness tracking, MyFitnessPal is one of the biggest names in the game. With a database of more two million (that’s right, million) food items, the platform makes it easy for users to keep track of calories and so much more.

 

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Fooducatefooducate Online Resource/App

Available for Web, iOS, and Android

 

This app’s bar-code scanning feature allows you to check the nutritional value of each food item. It will also compare two items and offer healthier alternatives from its database.

 

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First Aid App by American Red Crossfirstaidapp Online Resource/App

Available for Web, iOS, and Android

 

The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the official American Red Cross First Aid app gives you instant access to the information you need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.

 

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EveryMoveeverymove Online Resource/App

Available for Web, iOS, and Android

 

This rewards-based app turns your every fitness move into points that earn you rewards from retailers and services that value your healthy lifestyle.

 

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Anxiety and Meditation

Sleep Cycle Alarm ClockSleep Cycle Alarm App

Available for iOS and Android

 

 

Waking up easy is all about timing. Sleep Cycle alarm clock tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up during light sleep. Waking up during light sleep feels like waking up naturally rested without an alarm clock.

 

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Breathe2Relaxbreathe2relax App

Available for iOS and Android

 

Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool. Breathe2Relax is a hands-on diaphragmatic breathing exercise. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool, or can be used in tandem with clinical care directed by a healthcare worker.

 

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SAMSAM App

Available for iOS and Android

 

SAM is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety.

 

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The Mindfulness App

Mindfulness app

App

Available for iOS and Android

 

The Mindfulness App can be used by everyone, both beginners and experienced practitioners of meditation and mindfulness. It is easy to use. You can choose between different types of guided meditations, or if you want to meditate in silence. You decide if you want a guided introduction, and for how long you want to sit.

 

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