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Apps for Accessibility

Find out more information on apps that may help with accessibility. Select the icon for each category found below to learn more about specific apps. This list was compiled by Augsburg College. Check out this Trello Board to find out more about other apps that help with accessibility.


Apps for Communication

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Cost: $19.99

  • Word Prediction app that gives you suggestions of words as you type with the option of reading your word options out loud with a swipe of your finger
  • Built-in text-to-speech reads back what you’ve typed
  • Grammar and spelling support
  • Export files to Dropbox, Google Drive, and other programs
  • Create topic dictionaries from websites and Wikipedia links

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Cost: Free

  • Program auto-completes words as you type fostering faster typing
  • Have your spelling mistakes corrected before they happen
  • Integrates within most programs including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Gmail, Facebook and more
  • Translation features to insure you are choosing the correct word while you type along with dictionaries to support vocabulary

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • Online Contextual and phonetic spell checker along with grammar and punctuation checker
  • Copy text into web page and program will check your grammar, spelling and punctuation

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Cost: Free (Premium $12.48/month)

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

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Cost: Free

  • 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 in your Chrome browser including emails, essays, social media posts and more

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Cost: $24.99

  • Context-based word prediction tool; including homonyms
  • Make your own custom abbreviation to simplify 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

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Cost: Free

  • Shahi Visual Dictionary Logo
  • 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

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Cost: $3.33/month

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • Augmented communication app for individuals of different ages and abilities
  • Simplistically designed interface for ease of use
  • 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

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Cost: $9.99

  • Make fewer mistakes, use the right words and organize your writing better with this app
  • Text-to-speech and voice-to-text help you to proofread to avoid awkward sentences or grammatical mistakes
  • Dictionary, Phonetic Spell Checker, and Word Finder help you use the correct words when writing
  • Outline of paper allows for better structure and ease when restructuring your paper

Apps for Dictation

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Cost: Free

  • Speech recognition software that recognizes your works and transcribes them
  • Dictate words into text messages, emails, social media, or paste into other apps and programs using the clipboard feature
  • Hands free, quick dictation for anyone on the go

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

Apps for Hearing

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Compatibility: 
Cost: $9.99

  • Learn sign language using this app with over 11,500 words
  • 3D avatar characters can be zoomed in or 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

Apps for Mind Mapping

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Cost: Free

  • Draw and create mind maps, concept maps, and flow charts
  • 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

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Cost: $9.99

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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free (Premium $6.00/month)

  • 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

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Cost: $4.99

  • 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

Apps for Note Taking

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Cost: $5.99

  • Synchronize your notes with the audio recording of your lecture
  • Take hand-written
  • Import lecture slides as the background to your notes

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Cost: $5.99

  • 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 key strokes

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: $9.99

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: $2.99

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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: $4.99

  • 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

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Cost: $4.99

  • 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!

Apps for Organization

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Cost: Free

  • Manage your life in a simple, clever, and fun way using this to-do list app
  • Synch 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

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Cost: Free

  • A visual bulletin board of post-it notes with reminders and tasks lists
  • Ability to color code your notes, add reminders, and add photos and pictures to your notes
  • Use your Google account to sync this on your computer, tablet and phone

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Cost: $9.99

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

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

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Cost: Free

  • Organizational tool used to help manage to-do lists, collaborate on projects, take notes, write research papers, journal, even plan and more!
  • Free version allows for 500 items per month
  • Nested layouts, lists, bullets, ability to add dates and other format and layout options
  • Sync between phone, tablet, and computer

Apps for Reading

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Cost: $29.99

  • Using the camera of your device, capture text and translate it using OCR
  • Easily extract text from books, magazines, newspapers, ads, etc.
  • Use VoiceOver (iPad only) to listen to your document in a text-to-speech forma
  • Captured text can be edited and/or copied to another source

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • Monochrome color text reader with Open Dyslexie Font
  • Read PDF files, webpages and convert ebooks to PDF files to be read with this program
  • Monochrome 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • Create and convert PDF documents to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Images, and other formats
  • Use within Goodgle 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

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Cost: $0.99

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: $24.99

  • 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 & RTF

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: $29.99

  • Take a picture and have immediate conversion into text with this OCR program for text-to-speech
  • Ability to change the voice and interactive reading display with words highlighted as they are read
  • 10 different languages built in with over 30 additional languages for download
  • Ability to edit the OCR results to correct spelling errors or reorder text

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Cost: $19.99

  • 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
  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • Rewordify replaces higher-level vocabulary with words that are easier to understand
  • Helps 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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 the 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

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Cost: $14.99

  • Read PDF files with this app
  • Interactive cursor allows readers to follow along with text
  • Use annotation tools such as highlighting, text, notes, and bookmarks to help support your reading
  • Read books in text mode with the option for Dyslexie Font
  • Import PDFs using email, Dropbox, or through iTunes

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Cost: $9.99

  • 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
  • Includes multiple language options along with various fonts, including Open Dyslexic font, and voices, including the option to purchase additional voices
  • Highlight information in the reading and export it to other programs and apps

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Cost: Free

  • Read your textbooks on the go - anywhere
  • Annotate your readings with highlights, sticky notes, and flags in your textbooks
  • Filter your notes and highlights onto one screen

Apps for Research

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Cost: Free

  • Online automatic bibliography maker on the web
  • Search for the citation information or manually enter it into the site
  • Add citations to your works cited list
  • When your research is over, download your bibliography in one of four formats: MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turbian

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Cost: Free

  • Free, Online Bibliography and Citation Generator
  • Provides MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian citations for virtually any research source
  • Manually input publication information for non-electronic sources or copy URL address into the website to create your citation

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • Add post-it notes to any of your web pages while researching
  • Post-Its are saved so the next time you open the webpage, the post its will be there

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Cost: Free

  • Organize, explore and share resources using this app
  • Add files, web pages, photos and organize them according to project, assignment or collection
  • Sync across computer, tablet and mobile device

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Cost: $$

  • Save articles, videos, webpages, photos or anything you find online to read later using this app
  • Content syncs across all devices for easy access, anywhere, anytime
  • Simple, easy-to-use interface for great viewing
  • Share your clippings with others

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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 you document

Apps for Stress Management

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Cost: $2.99

  • 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

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Cost: Free

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

Apps for Study Skills

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • Study virtually any topic with this on-the-go flashcard study aid
  • Create your own flash cards 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

Apps for Time Management

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: $1.99

  • Use Pomodoro Timer to boost your productivity with any task
  • Choose your task, set the time, work on the task until the timer rings, take a short break then take a longer break after four pomodoro cycles
  • Customizable pomodoro lengths, alarm sounds
  • Clear and user friendly interface

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Cost: Free

  • Personal-Analytic service to track how you spend your time on your computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Get a customized report of what sites you visit and what you do on your devices
  • No manual date-entry, it tracks as you work

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: $4.99

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: $9.99

  • 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

Apps for Vision

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • App that connects 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 person who is blind’s eyes
  • A networks of thousands of both blind and sighted people across the world

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Cost: $2.99

  • 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

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Cost: $9.99

  • LookTel Money Recognizer 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

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Cost: $9.99

  • 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

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Cost: $2.99

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: Free

  • 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

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Cost: $1.99

  • 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