Free and Low-Cost Assistive Technology Resources

 

Categories

Reading Writing Visual Hearing
Fine Motor/ Dexterity Communication Study Tools Organization & Time Management

 

Reading

Reading

Name Compatibility Description Cost
Adobe Reader (Read Out Loud Feature) Windows / MAC

·Text-to-speech tool that reads PDFs aloud

·Instructions for how to use the feature are available on the Adobe Accessibility Features page.

Free
Microsoft Reader Windows / MAC

· Text-to-speech reader feature embedded in Word

· Instructions for how to use the feature can be found on the Microsoft website

Built-in feature in Microsoft Word
Read & Write / EquatIO Windows / MAC / Google Chrome

· Simple to use text-to-speech reader with Canvas integration

· Reads PDFs, Bookshare files, websites aloud

· Built-in study tools and other features

Available to Mines students and faculty via mines Google or Microsoft accounts
Natural Reader Windows / MAC

· Text-to-speech reader

· Converts written text (ex: PDF, MS Word, emails) into spoken language

Free
Central Access Reader Windows / MAC

· Text-to-speech application designed specifically for people with print-related disabilities

· Reads MS Word, PDF, math and logic equations

· Flexible MP3 output

Free
VoiceOver MAC

· Built-in screen reader

· Allows complete control over the computer without needing to see the screen

Free
Bookshare Web-based

· Web-based library of digital books in accessible formats

· Membership is free with approved accommodation (contact Disability Support Services for assistance)

· Books are available in the following formats: Daisy, BRF, MP3, Bookshare WebReader (customized reading tool for members)

Available to students with approved accommodations.
Learning Ally Windows / MAC / Chromebook / Android / iOS

· Audio books

· Access to nearly 80,000 titles, including world’s largest library of audio textbooks

· Membership is free with approved accommodation (contact Disability Support Services for assistance)

$119 per year Also available to students with approved accommodations.
OpenDyslexic Font Windows / MAC / Chromebook / Android / iOS

· Open source font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia

·Free for commercial and personal use

Free
Google Dictionary Google Chrome Extension

· View definitions easily as you browse the web

· Double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble

· Includes audio pronunciation

Free
Kurzweil 3000 Web / Windows  / MAC

· Text to Speech Reader

· Long term membership is free with approved accommodation (contact Disability Support Services for assistance)

 

Free trial during pandemic

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Writing

Writing

 

Name Compatibility Description Cost
Dictation Feature MAC / iOS

· MAC devices have a built-in dictation feature

· Say out loud what you want to write and it will convert your words into text

· Instructions for use

· Instructions for iPhone and iPad

Free
Voice Note II- Speech to Text Google Chrome

· Say out loud what you want to write and it will convert your words into text

· Have the option to speak punctuation or use the punctuation buttons to insert them

Free
Audio Note  

· Synchronized note taking and audio recording

· Tap notes to seek in the audio, taking you instantly to what you want to hear

· Automatic audio amp for recording in large classrooms

· Must have instructor permission or be approved for permission to audio record lectures as an accommodation

$4.99
Ideament MAC

· Ideament lets you easily draw a diagram – mind map, concept map, or flow chart – and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa

· Ideal for brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more

Free
Popplet Web-based

· Tool for mind mapping, brainstorming, and organize ideas

· Can help people who think and learn visually

Free
Ginger Windows / MAC / Android / iOS

 · Robust spelling and grammar checker

· Will make suggestions for rephrasing sentences

· Can help ensure you are using the word and the correct spelling (ex: there, their, and they’re)

 Free
WordQ Windows / MAC
Quillsoft has an Extended Access Request form for a trial to use for remote work or online learning. Once you fill out the form, they’ll email you with your trial information within 24 hrs
Free Trail During Pandemic

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Visual

 

Name Compatibility Description Cost
 NVDA Screen Reader  Windows

 · NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is an open source screen reader

· Allows users who are blind or have low vison to access computers running Windows

· Has ability to run entirely from USB drive with no installation

Free
VoiceOver MAC

· Built-in screen reader

· Allows complete control over the computer without needing to see the screen

Free
Thunder Screen Reader Windows

· Allows users who are blind or have low vision to access computers running Windows

· Can be installed in several different languages

Free
DanKam: Colorblind Fix iOS

· Designed to help people who are color blind distinguish between colors they normally could not

· Images can be taken in real-time from the devices camera and the image can be adjusted to make hues easier to detect and differentiate

$2.99
JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion Windows
Freedom Scientific has released special, free, short-term licenses of these three softwares for individuals with a personal email address in Canada or the United States
Free Trail During Pandemic

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Hearing

 

Name Compatibility Description Cost
Audio Note Windows / MAC / Chromebook / Android / iOS

· Synchronized note taking and audio recording

· Tap notes to seek in the audio, taking you instantly to what you want to hear

· Automatic audio amp for recording in large classrooms

· Must have instructor permission or be approved for permission to audio record lectures as an accommodation

$4.99
Notability iOS

· Create, share, and manage notes

· Combines handwriting, typing, audio recordings, and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs

$7.99
AUD1 iOS

· Assistive listening software

· Processes sound received by the microphone on your device in real-time, then delivers the processed sound via headphones.

$6.99

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Fine Motor/Dexterity

 

Name Compatibility Description Cost
 Dictation Feature  MAC / iOS

 · MAC devices have a built-in dictation feature

· Say out loud what you want to write and it will convert your words into text

· Instructions for use

· Instructions for iPhone and iPad

Free
 Voice Note II- Speech to Text  Google Chrome

 · Say out loud what you want to write and it will convert your words into text

· Have the option to speak punctuation or use the punctuation buttons to insert them

 Free
 Fleksy  iOS / Android

 · Text input system that allows you to quickly and easily type of touch screen phones and tablets

· Allows users to type text on the familiar keyboard layout, by tapping on the screen and swiping

· Powerful auto-correct feature that can detect what you meant to enter even if multiple characters are incorrect

 Free
 Audio Note  Windows / MAC / Chromebook / Android / iOS

· Create, share, and manage notes

· Combines handwriting, typing, audio recordings, and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs

$4.99
Notability iOS

· Create, share, and manage notes

 

· Combines handwriting, typing, audio recordings, and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs

$7.99

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Study Tools

 

Name Compatibility Description Cost
 Audio Note   Windows / MAC / Chromebook / Android / iOS

 · Synchronized note taking and audio recording

· Tap notes to seek in the audio, taking you instantly to what you want to hear

· Automatic audio amp for recording in large classrooms

· Must have instructor permission or be approved for permission to audio record lectures as an accommodation

 $4.99
 Notability  iOS

 · Create, share, and manage notes

· Combines handwriting, typing, audio recordings, and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs

 $7.99
 Quizlet  Online resource

 · Create powerful learning tools, like interactive games, flashcards, and practice tests

· Mobile version also available

 Free
 Khan Academy  Online resource  · Collection of micro lectures and tutorials teaching mathematics, history, healthcare, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, cosmology, organic chemistry, American civics, art history, microeconomics, and computer science  Free
 Evernote    Windows / MAC / Chromebook / Android / iOS

 · Create or upload notes, to-do lists and images that are synched across all of your devices

· Plus and Premium versions with additional features available

Free
 WritePad  Android / iOS

 · Handwriting recognition software that converts your own handwriting to text

· Built-in spell checker and dictionary

 $5
 Coffitivity  Online resource / Android / MAC  · Recreates the ambient sounds of a café to boost your creativity and help you work better  Free
Glean Note Taking Online Learning

Glean is our new note taking web-app. It’s designed to be so simple that students can learn how to use it themselves in as little as five minutes and includes dedicated tools for online learning, meaning students can take notes independently and record lectures wherever they are.

Glean also comes with an admin suite that offers reliable and flexible support with insight into students’ usage helping you to tailor your support despite working from home.

Free till 8/2020

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Organization & Time Management

 

Name Compatibility Description Cost
iStudiez Pro  Windows / MAC / Android / iOS

 · Award winning student planner

· Allows you to manage and organize assignments, manage your calendar, and set notifications for deadlines, and more

 $10
 30/30  Android / iOS

 · Time management app based on the 30-minutes of work, 30-minutes of rest concept

· May be particularly helpful for students with ADHD or who struggle with time management and focus

Free
 Focus Booster  Windows / MAC

 · Based on the Pomodoro time management technique

· Get deep understanding of your work cycles and further improve productivity

 $3/month or $33/year

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