Mission

The office of Accessibility and Mental Health Services at the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College is committed to advocacy for students with ADA documented disabilities. It is the policy of the University to ensure that students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations as mandated by state and federal law.

The transition to college life can be overwhelming, and we are here to help. Our goal is to provide individualized support that focuses on your specific strengths and encourages independence. We will work with you as you cultivate self-advocacy and life skills as well as can help you build your network of resources.

For general information about special services for students with disabilities, please contact:

 

Eligibility

Consideration for eligibility for Accessibility Services is open to any student (full-time, part-time, commuter or resident) who has a documented disability. Students who meet the Americans with Disabilities Act qualified criteria are eligible for post-secondary disability services.

Qualified Criteria

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has a three-part definition of disability. Under ADA, an individual with a disability is a person who: (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) has a record of such an impairment; OR (3) is regarded as having such an impairment. 

Services

The Office of Accessibility and Mental Health Services provides services for over 5% of the student population, including students with:

  • Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, AD(H)D
  • Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Visual Impairments
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Conditions
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Head Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Orthopedic/Mobility Disorders
  • Psychiatric/Psychological Disabilities

We maintain good working relationships with local social service agencies. We can assist with linkage/referral to services within the community based on student need.

Students can also receive counseling services free of charge from a qualified mental health professional. Counseling is provided by Woodland Centers, Inc. and is ABSOLUTELY free to all students. Contact us to learn more about the confidential mental health services available to you (740) 245.7439.

The Process

To obtain ACCESSIBILITY services, the following steps must be followed:

  • Students are referred to the Accessibility office through an informal referral process. External/internal sources and self-referrals are all acceptable.
  • The initial interview engages students through the completion of an intake packet as well as assessment and individualized planning.
  • Students are expected to provide medical and/or psychological documentation of disability for eligibility determination. If the documentation is from the referring high school, an Evaluator’s Team Report (ETR) with specific evaluation outcomes is preferred.
  • Reasonable accommodations are written after eligibility is established.
  • Students sign a contract for accommodations and hand-deliver individual letters to instructors.
  • Once instructors receive letters of notification, it is recommended that they sign/keep a copy for personal records and implement suggested intervention.
  • Lastly, instructors are asked to return the signed forms to Accessibility or the appropriate Academic Dean.
How to Register with Disability Services

Step 1: Obtain Disability Documentation 

To better support you, we need learn more about the nature and impact of your disability from a professional.

Common forms of documentation include, but are not limited to:

  • An IEP and ETR or 504 Plan
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Audiogram

Step 2: Submit your Documentation

Documentation can be submitted:

  • In person to the office of Accessibility  (Rhodes Student Center, 118)
  • Via email to: accessibility@rio.edu
  • Via fax to 740.245.7341

When faxing or emailing, please include your contact information.

*Important*  If you need to take your placement test(s) with accommodations, please notify us when submitting documentation.

Step 3: Check your Email

You will receive an e-mail within 2-5 business days of receipt of your documentation. 

The email will notify you to either schedule your intake appointment with us or that we require additional information.

Step 4: Meet with the office of Accessibility for an

Intake Interview.

During your intake, you will discuss your disability. Based on this information, we will create an accommodation plan that you can use to receive services at URG/RGCC. You will also be trained on how to utilize approved services and accommodations.

If you have questions about documentation or the intake process, feel free to call 740.245.7439.

How to refer a student to the Office of Accessibility
  • If a student requests an accommodation but does not have an official request, refer him/her to Accessibility.
  • Instead of accepting documentation of disability directly from a student, refer him/her to Accessibility to officially register and request accommodations.
  • If you are concerned about a student who is struggling, you can refer him/her to Accessibility. If we are unable to help, we will link students with resources that can assist them.

Accessibility Forms

In order to establish a file with the office of Accessibility, the completion of an intake packet is requested. Typically, this is done during an initial interview to build rapport between counselor and student.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for disability services?

Students who meet the Americans with Disabilities Act qualified criteria.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has a three-part definition of disability. Under ADA, an individual with a disability is a person who: (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) has a record of such an impairment; OR (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.  Students requesting services and accommodations are required to register by submitting documentation of the medical, psychological and/or learning disability from a qualified practitioner that clearly states a diagnosis and provides supporting information of the need for accommodations.  Services and accommodations are determined by the manner in which the disability creates a barrier to equal participation in programs and services.

What is an accommodation?

An accommodation is a modification, adjustment, or elimination of a barrier to a program or services to enable a disabled individual to participate on an equitable basis. Examples are extended time for test-taking, quiet testing environment, note takers, assistive technology, etc.

How do I know if a student is registered with the Department of Accessibility?

Students are asked to provide the Accessibility Office with their class schedules each semester. Where appropriate, a letter with specific recommendations for accommodation(s) will be prepared by the Director of Accessibility for the student to hand-deliver to his/her instructor(s). This is done to promote dialogue. If a student comes to you requesting accommodations outside of the above procedure, you should ask that the student contact the Accessibility Office.

What should I do if I receive a notification letter from Accessibility about a disabled student?

When a student discloses her/his disability to you, you should meet with the student and establish a means of providing the indicated accommodation(s) that is satisfactory to you and the student.  Remember: the object is not to make the class easier, but to make it equal for all students.

What should I do if I know that a student would qualify for disability services, but the student has not contacted me about the need for accommodations?

Instructors are responsible for providing reasonable accommodations in a timely manner.  Students are responsible for making a specific request for reasonable accommodations directly to the instructors.  Instructors are not expected to anticipate the special needs of a student. Notification letters are provided to the student to hand-deliver to the instructors to address their special circumstances.  Many students find that accommodations are not needed in a class, so they choose not to meet with you to discuss their disability.  You are not responsible for providing accommodations to a student unless that student “self proclaims” with a notification letter from the Accessibility Office.  A highly recommended practice would be to document any unusual circumstance, including the student’s behavior, taking place in your classroom. If you see a student struggling, we welcome new referrals to the office of Accessibility. If we are unable to help, we can link students to resources within the community.

What should I do if the student has requested an accommodation but I haven’t received a letter of notification from the Dept. of Accessibility?

Please refer the student to the Accessibility Office. It is the responsibility of the student to self-proclaim disability.

How do I know if the accommodations are reasonable?

Students are expected to fulfill the essential academic functions (your Syllabus) of the course. Accommodations are developed to modify barriers caused by the disability to enable the student to participate or to be evaluated on an equal basis as their non-disabled peers. Accommodations are not intended to alter the requirements of the course. If you have questions about the appropriateness of a request for accommodation, you should contact our office for clarification.

Who is responsible for accommodations?

Instructors who have been contacted by the student are required to fulfill the accommodation requested. Any faculty member who fails to do so may be held liable for this noncompliance.

What assistance is available to me when testing accommodations are requested?

The most commonly requested accommodation is extended time for test-taking. If taking the test in the classroom or elsewhere in your building is not possible, students may take the test in the Rhodes Testing Center. Students who need tests read aloud are best served when you administer the test, but the Accessibility staff and the Testing Center are willing to assist in these cases.

What is the policy on confidentiality?

Information regarding students with disabilities is confidential.

And what if I have other questions about this?

Resources

This government site contains information on legal rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities entering post-secondary education.

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html     

ADD/ADHD

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

Provides information about ADD/ADHD and a directory of local chapters of the organization. The site also has information on subscribing to its magazine, Attention.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

Lists directories of support groups and professionals who work with people who have ADD. It also publishes a newsletter and hosts webinars on coping with ADD.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE)

Provides community support and education for adults, teens, children, and families with Asperger’s Syndrome.

AHEADD (Achieving in Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities)
AHEADD’s Boston branch

Provides support for college students with Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD, High-Functioning Autism, Learning Disabilities, and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities.

Online Asperger Syndrome Information (OASIS)

A comprehensive resource for reference materials, event information, and professional help. Includes a newsletter and message boards.

Hearing Impairment

https://www.nationaldeafcenter.org/

Devoted to furthering educational opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDAA)

A support association for people with learning disabilities, which has a large resource network.

The International Dyslexia Association

A nonprofit organization that provides education and support for people with dyslexia.

Physical Disabilities

New Mobility

A magazine for wheelchair users. Its website features blogs and a message board.

Visual Disabilities

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Offers information about vision loss, links to support organizations, job listings, and message boards.

Free or Low cost assistive technology for everyone

Assistive Technology is all around us! Many of the tools available are free or cost very little to use. On the following pages are lists of Assistive Technology tools you may find useful when completing various tasks both in or out of school.  Many of these tools may help you complete tasks more quickly, easily, or independently. Tools are broken down into sub-categories such as Reading, Writing, or Note taking, for example. All apps and programs on the following pages are free or cost less than $25.

We do our best to stay updated on the latest information about the apps on the following pages along with adding the latest and greatest apps as soon as they come out. If you find an error in our listing or want to share an program, software, website or app that we should add, please contact us at accessibility@rio.edu

Reading & Literacy Support

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, website, and apps focus on different forms of Reading and Literacy Support.

Reading & Literacy Support

NaturalReader

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
  • More Information: http://www.naturalreaders.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows; Mac OS; Online Resource


Voice Dream Reader

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
  • 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
  • More Information: http://www.voicedream.com

Cost: $9.99; VoiceDream Reader Lite – Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android


Beeline Reader

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://www.beelinereader.com/

Cost: $1.99 – iOS app; browser extensions free

Compatibility: Browser Extension: Chrome & Firefox; iOS: iPad, iPhone; Desktop


ReadMe!

Features:

  • Read PDF and ePUB files on your tablet when you upload them to your bookshelf
  • Spritz Reader is integrated into it – a tool for speed reading showing one word at a time to the reader
  • Beeline Reader – polychromatic text color reader integrated into pay option of app
  • More Information: https://www.readmei.com/

Cost: Free with Spritz Reader but Beeline Reader has additional monthly ($0.99), yearly ($4.99) or lifetime membership options

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch; Android


Mercury Reader

Features:

  • Remove clutter from webpages for easier reading
  • Customize the size of the test, the font, and if it’s a light or dark themed background
  • Send the reading to Kindle for reading on that device
  • More Information: https://mercury.postlight.com/reader/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension


Rewordify

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
  • More Information: http://rewordify.com

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


Balabolka

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
  • More Information: http://www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows


GhostReader

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
  • Covert text to audio files for on-the-go listening
  • Import text from a variety of formats including Text, Word, HTML, PDF & RTF
  • More Information: http://www.convenienceware.com/ghostreader

Cost: $24.99

Compatibility: Mac


Claro ScanPen

Features:

  • Listen to printed material on the spot
  • Take a photo of your printed document, select text with your finger, and have it read back to you
  • Compatible with Voiceover
  • Multiple languages
  • More Information: 

Cost: $6.99

Compatibility: iOS; Android


Claro PDF Pro

Features:

  • Listen to your PDFs read aloud using the built in voices on iOS as well as 4 high quality voices
  • Convert images to fully accessible PDF files that can be spoken, searched, copied, or highlighted
  • Change the background color of document and invert the text colors
  • Annotate and mark up your document using highlights, underlines, strike outs, notes, drawing, insert images, audio, video and more
  • More Information: 

Cost: $6.99

Compatibility: iOS; Android


Select and Speak (formerly SpeakIt!)

Features:

  • Select the text you want read aloud in your browser
  • Click on the SpeakIt! Icon and the text will be read out loud
  • Can read text in more than 50 languages
  • Ability to add new voices and change the speaking rate
  • More Information: https://www.ispeech.org/

Cost: Free: 500 words per day; Full version: $2.99/month

Compatibility: Chrome Extension


Spritz

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 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
  • More Information: http://www.spritzinc.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Web; iOS; Android


Readsy

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
  • More Information: http://www.readsy.co/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


Read Mode

Features: 

  • Remove distractions from reading on the internet with this app
  • Click the Chrome Extension for clean reading with black text on white background
  • Ads and flash animations removed by the click of a button
  • More Information: https://goo.gl/wY6nY

Cost: Free

Compatibility:Chrome Extension


vBookz PDF Reader

Features: 

  • 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
  • More Information: http://vbookz.com/

Cost: $4.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


Spreed

Features:

  • Train yourself to increase your reading speed with Spreed
  • Import online articles and have them read at double or triple the speed
  • Spreed can train you to read between 200 and 400 words per minute
  • More Information: https://goo.gl/uHKNHO

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension


Ivona MiniReader

Features:

  • Use the Ivona Text-to-Speech Reader to read documents or webpages
  • Using the either the Full or Mini toolbar interface, click the play button to have webpages, emails, documents, and online news sources read out loud
  • More Information: http://www.ivona.com/us/mini-reader/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows


Spreeder

Features:

  • Free online web application to help you read faster
  • Copy and paste text from any source into the online application and spreed!
  • Words will flash at a words per minute rate as you read along and increase your reading speed
  • Ability to adjust words per minute speed, chunk size/number of words flashed, background color and more
  • More Information: http://www.spreeder.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


Text2Speech

Features:

  • Enter text from any source and have it read out loud by this online resource
  • Ability to download file to an mp3 file
  • Customize voice and speed
  • 4000 character limit to text read
  • More Information: http://www.text2speech.org/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator

Features:

  • 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 format
  • Captured text can be edited and/or copied to another source
  • More Information: http://www.abbyy.com/textgrabber_ios/

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad; Android


Capti Narrator

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
  • More Information: https://www.captivoice.com/capti-site/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Window and Mac Browser Extension


Prizmo

Features:

  • 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 addition for download
  • Ability to edit the OCR results to correct spelling errors or reorder text
  • More Information: http://www.creaceed.com/prizmo/about

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone


Adobe Acrobat Reader

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
  • More Information: http://help.adobe.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows; Mac OS


Bookshare

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
  • More Information: https://www.bookshare.org/

Cost: Free with Print Disability

Compatibility: Online Resource


Go Read

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
  • More Information: http://goread.org/

Cost: Free.

Compatibility: Android


Read2Go

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
  • 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
  • More Information: http://read2go.org/

Cost: $19.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


NaviDys

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
  • More Information: http://michaeldardol.com/navidys/

Cost: $2.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad


Cometdocs PDF Converter

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
  • More Information: 

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows; iPad, iPhone; Chrome Extension


ER Browser

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
  • More Information: http://erbrowser.com/

Cost: $0.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; iPod touch


Yuzu (formerly Nook Study)

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: https://www.yuzu.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPad; Web App; Windows App


Fokus

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
  • More Information: https://chrome.google.com or https://addons.mozilla.org/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome and Firefox Add-On


CamScanner

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
  • More Information: https://www.camscanner.net/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; Android; Windows Phone 8

Writing

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Writing Support.

Writing

Ginger Grammar Checker & Spell Checker

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, Chrome
  • Suggests different and better ways to express your sentences (Premium)
  • Provides training to improve your mistakes (Premium)
  • Reads your text out loud (Premium)
  • More Information:  http://www.gingersoftware.com/

Cost: Free; Premium $5.10-11.20/month

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Chrome and Safari Extension


Ghotit

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://www.ghotit.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


Voice Dream Writer

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://www.voicedream.com/writer/

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


Grammarly

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
  • More Information:  https://www.grammarly.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension


Co:Writer

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://donjohnston.com/cowriterapp

Cost: $19.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; iPod touch


iWordQ

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
  • More Information: https://www.quillsoft.ca/iwordq

Cost: $24.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad


Typ-O HD

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
  • More Information: 

Cost: $14.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


Fleksy

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
  • More Information: http://fleksy.com/

Cost: $0.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android


TextExpander

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
  • More Information: http://smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/

Cost: $4.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


eType

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://www.etype.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows

Notetaking

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Notetaking Support.

Notetaking

Notability

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://www.gingerlabs.com/

Cost: $2.99

Compatibility: Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone; iPod touch


SoundNote

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
  • More Information: http://soundnote.com/

Cost: $4.99

Compatibility: Mac; iOS: iPad


Sonocent Recorder

Features:

  • Record your notes on your portable device
  • Highlight important parts of your recording and add notes
  • Ability to add in photos or images into app notes
  • Ability to draw notes into program, not just type
  • Break up your recording and tag it to make it easier to find later
  • Upload to the Sonocent Audio Notetaker Program on your computer
  • More Information: https://sonocent.com/audio-notetaker

Cost: Free: Ability to Record;  Price Pending: Unlimited Playback on App

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; iPod touch


AudioNote

Features:

Cost: Free – lite; $4.99

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS: iPad; Android


Microsoft OneNote

Features:

  • Take all your notes in OneNote by typing, writing with a touchscreen, importing pictures, video, web links and other resources
  • Ability to record your lecture with this program
  • 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
  • More Information: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, iOS: iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone


WritePad

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!
  • More Information: http://www.phatware.com

Cost: $7.99


Compatibility: 
iOS: iPad; iPhone; Android


AccessNote

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
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/bozjm7

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


Evernote

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
  • More Information: http://evernote.com

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone; iPod Touch; Android; Windows Phone; Blackberry; hp WebOS


Penultimate

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
  • More Information: https://evernote.com/penultimate/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad


Paper Port Notes

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 notetaking and marking up documents
  • Record and replay audio recording of lectures
  • Upload your notes to cloud storage services for easy access and sharing
  • More Information: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paperport-notes/id476134017?mt=8

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad


iAnnotate

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
  • More Information: http://www.branchfire.com/iannotate/

Cost: Free – Android; $9.99 – iOS

Compatibility: iOS: iPad; Android


Audiotorium

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 key strokes
  • More Information: 

Cost: $5.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad

Built-In Accessibility

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following details Built-In Accessibility features on Windows and Mac Operating Systems.

Built-In Accessibility 

Windows

Features:

  • Personalize your Windows Computer with any of the build-in Accessibility Features to support ease with seeing, hearing, and mobility interactions with computer
  • Features Available Are: Screen Reader/Text-to-Speech (Narrator), Magnification (Magnifier), Keys Commands (Mouse Keys), Speech-to-Text and Voice Control (Speech Recognition), Visual Notification to replace sounds, Keyboard on Screen, Toggle Keys, Adjustable Mouse Settings, High Contrast Schemes, and Ability to Personalize the Appearance of the Computer including text
  • Tutorial Videos Available on the websites below
  • List of All Features with Comparison Chart: http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/chartwindows.aspx
  • More Information: http://www.microsoft.com/enable/default.aspx

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows


Mac

Features:

  • Personalize your Mac Computer with any of the build-in Accessibility Features to support ease with seeing, hearing, and physical/mobility, literacy interactions with computer
  • Features include: Text-to-Speech (VoiceOver), Zoom, High Contrast, Sticky Keys, Speech-to-Text and Voice Control (Speech Recognition), Word Completion (Word Prediction), and more!
  • More Information: http://www.apple.com/accessibility/osx/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Mac

Communication

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Communication Support.

Communication

Proloquo2Go

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
  • More Information: http://www.assistiveware.com/proloquo2go

Cost: Donation Program

Compatibility: iOS: iPad


Hidden Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults

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
  • More Information: https://itunes.apple.com/hidden-curriculum

Cost: $1.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch


Verbally

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
  • More Information:  http://verballyapp.com/

Cost:Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad

Dictation/Speech-to-Text/Speech Recognition

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Dictation/Speech-to-Text/Speech Recognition Support.

Dictation/Speech-to-Text/Speech Recognition

Dragon Dictation

Features:

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch


Voice Typing in Google Docs

Features:

  • Go into your Tools menu in Google Docs 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
  • No training needed
  • More Information: 

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Built-In Chrome Browser Option


VoiceNote

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
  • More Information: https://goo.gl/LVMywx

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Hearing and Auditory

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Hearing and Auditory Support.

Hearing and Auditory Support

Ava

Features:

  • On-the-fly closed captioning for what is being said around the user 24/7
  • Use the app in meetings or conversations to see what people are said
  • Large font and user friendly font on the screen for easy reading
  • Basic Version: Caption one-on-one conversations or group conversations for 2 or more people for up to 5 hours per moth
  • Unlimited Version: Caption one-on-one conversations or group conversations for 2 or more people for unlimited hours per month
  • More Information: ava.me

Cost: Basic: free; Unlimited: $29.99
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; Android


soundAMP R

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
  • More Information: http://www.findmysoft.com/news/soundAMP-R-Useful-App-for-the-Heard-of-Hearing/

Cost: $4.99; lite version: $0.99
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


Sign 4 Me – A Signed English Translator

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://www.signingapp.com/sign4me_desktop.html

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Mind Mapping and Brainstorming

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Support.

Mind Mapping and Brainstorming 

Popplet

Features:

  • Online and app based mind mapping too
  • Visually put your thoughts down to create mind maps easily
  • Print these mind maps for yourself or share with others
  • More Information: http://popplet.com/

Cost: Free: web and lite app, $4.99: full app

Compatibility: Online Resource; iOS: iPad; iPhone, iPod touch


MindMeister

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
  • More Information: http://www.mindmeister.com/

Cost: Free; Premium – $6.00/month

Compatibility: Online Resource; iOS: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch; Android


Idea Sketch

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://www.nosleep.net/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Windows Phone


Inspiration Maps

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://www.inspiration.com/inspmaps

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad


Mindjet Maps

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
  • More Information: https://www.mapsforthat.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad; Android

Organization and Task Management

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Organization and Task Management Support.

Organization and Task Management 

Todoist

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: https://en.todoist.com/

Cost: Free; premium $29/year

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, Online Resource; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android


MyStudyLife

Features:

  • Create an account to keep track of your school work, assignments, course, schedule and exams
  • Use the dashboard to schedule all your school related work
  • Cross platform allows for access to your organizer wherever, whenever
  • Set Reminders to help ensure all your work is done on time
  • More Information: https://www.mystudylife.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS; Android, Online Resource


Tile App

Features:

  • Never lose your items with tile
  • Connect your tile to your keys, bike, computer, or anything
  • If you misplace your item, use the app to help you track the item down
  • Tile will ring you to guide you to its location
  • If tile is out of rang, the app will guide you to its last known location
  • More Information: https://www.thetileapp.com/

Cost: ~$25 per tile, less per tile when buying in multipacks

Compatibility: Standalone device with app compatibility; iOS; Android


Google Keep

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: https://keep.google.com

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource, Android


Priority Matrix

Features:

  • Simple interface task management app using methods of time management to help manage priorities
  • Divide your tasks into one of four categories: Critical – Do Now; Critical but Not Urgent; Urgent but Can Be Delegated; Uncategorized
  • App includes visual icons, email reports, master list of daily or weekly action items and more
  • Ability to sync between devices and track your progress
  • More Information: http://www.appfluence.com/

Cost: Free – basic; Pro App: $10/month

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android


Remember the Milk

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
  • More Information: http://www.rememberthemilk.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource; iOS: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch; Android


Any.do

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: https://www.any.do/anydo

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android; Chrome Extension; Chrome App


myHomework

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
  • More Information:  https://myhomeworkapp.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows; Chrome Extension; iOS: iPad, iPhone; Android; Kindle


iStudiez Pro

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
  • More Information: http://istudentpro.com/

Cost: $2.99; Windows: $9.99

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


inClass

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
  • More Information: http://www.inclassapp.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


Workflowy

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: https://workflowy.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension;  iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Research Tools

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Research Tools.

Research Tools

Research Project Calculator

Features:

  • Enter your assignment title, the start date, due date, the class, and pick the type of assignment is
  • 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
  • More Information: https://rpc.elm4you.org/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


Son of Citation Machine

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 you document
  • More Information: http://citationmachine.net/index2.php

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


Scrible

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
  • More Information: http://www.scrible.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource, iOS: iPad


Evernote Web Clipper

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
  • More Information: http://evernote.com/webclipper/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Web add-on for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera


Sweet Search

Features:

  • Search engine for students
  • Provides trustworthy site search results from the most relevant, pre-evaluated and approved sites on the internet
  • Find better information, faster from credible sources, such as primary sources while avoiding spam and marginal information sites
  • More Information: http://www.sweetsearch.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


EasyBib

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://www.easybib.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


BibMe

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://www.bibme.org/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


Pocket

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: https://getpocket.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android; Kobo; Extension for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari; Windows Mobile; Kindle Fire


Pearltrees

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://www.pearltrees.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android; Extension for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari


Note Anywhere

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/VDzeTS

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension

Stress Management and Relaxation

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Stress Management and Relaxation Programs.

Stress Management and Relaxation 

Unstuck

Features:

  • Put words to what you’re feeling – figure out what kind of “stuck” you have
  • Using the app and website’s guided questions to lead you to figuring out what you are feeling and thinking
  • Strategies provided at the end to help you overcome your “stuck” moment
  • Create a free account to keep your stuck moments saved for reference later on
  • More Information: https://www.unstuck.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; Android, Online Resources


Breathing Zone

Features:

  • Mindfulness in 5 minutes
  • Using the app and follow along with the easy to follow breathing guide to lower breathing rate
  • Five calming guide sounds with visual component
  • Breathing Analyzer measures your breathing rate
  • Timed sessions for breathing mindfulness
  • More Information: http://www.breathing.zone/

Cost: $3.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; Android


Momentum

Features:

  • Get daily inspiration from your homepage
  • Momentum provides a daily quote and picture to help your mood, motivation, and positivity
  • Ability to add in a task list and customize the home screen for personalization
  • Plus version has the ability to sync tasks with other common task management tools
  • Plus version has additional customization features such as pictures, font, and colors
  • More Information: https://momentumdash.com/

Cost: Basic Version: Free; Plus Version: $2.50/month

Compatibility:Chrome Extension


Buddhify

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
  • More Information: http://buddhify.com/

Cost: $4.99 – iOS; $2.99 – Android

Compatibility: iOS: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch; Android


Guided Mind

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/Q0JC0o

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Study Skills and Aids

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Study Skills and Aids.

Study Skills and Aids

Quizlet

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
  • More Information: http://quizlet.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android


Study Blue

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://www.studyblue.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Web, iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android


Evernote Skitch

Features:

  • Using annotation and markup tools, make your point more easily with shapes, arrows and quick sketches
  • Use on your desktop, tablet or phone
  • Share your ideas and get your point across more clearly with ability to annotate
  • Use annotation tools to collaborate and better study course materials
  • More Information: https://evernote.com/skitch/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android


iFlash

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
  • More Information: http://www.loopware.com/iflash/

Cost: $14.99 for iOS; Touch app – Free

Compatibility: MacOS X; iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


gFlash+ Flashcards & Tests

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
  • More Information: http://www.gwhizmobile.com/gWhiz/Home.php

Cost: Free; Pro – $3.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android


Shahi Visual Dictionary

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
  • More Information: http://blachan.com/shahi/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


iAnnotate

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
  • More Information: http://www.branchfire.com/iannotate/

Cost: Free – Android; $9.99 – iOS

Compatibility: iOS: iPad; Android

Time Management and Distraction Free

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Time Management and Distraction Free Support.

Time Management and Distraction Free

Cold Turkey

Features:

  • Block distracting websites
  • Set the websites you want blocked and for how long and go “cold turkey” from them
  • If the timer is still going, you won’t be able to access your blocked websites
  • Pro version provides blocking of Applications, White Listing, Break Intervals, and Frozen Turkey features
  • More Information: https://getcoldturkey.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows; Mac


SelfControl

Features:

  • Block your own access to distracting websites, mail servers, or anything on the internet using this downloadable program to your computer
  • Set a timer for the amount of time to block websites
  • If the timer is still going, you won’t be able to view or access these websites
  • More Information: https://selfcontrolapp.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Mac OS


Time Timer

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
  • More Information: http://www.timetimer.com/

Cost: $0.99-$4.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android


30/30

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
  • More Information: http://3030.binaryhammer.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


focusboster

Features:

  • Pomodoro Timer to help you stay on task when completing work
  • Using the Pomodoro Method of 25 minutes of work and 5 minute break, maximize your work session
  • Track your time more efficiently within your account
  • Productivity reports on your dashboard
  • Different visual themes for your felxibility
  • More Information: https://www.focusboosterapp.com/

Cost: Trial: free; Individual: $3/month; Professional: $5/month

Compatibility: Online Resource; Windows; Mac


Strict Workflow

Features:

  • Use this Chrome Extension to enforce a 25 minute work and 5 minute break distraction-free work zone
  • Uses the Pomodoro Technique
  • Blocks you from distracting websites you have set in your customizable list
  • More Information: https://goo.gl/vMQqSI

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension


StayFocusd

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
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/I5OBeq

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension


MyTomatoes

Features:

  • Use MyTomato 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
  • More Information: http://mytomatoes.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


Tomato Timer

Features:

  • Using the Pomodoro Time method, break up your work or school tasks into manageable worktimes
  • Use the 25 minutes of worktime and 5 minutes of break time pattern to maximize workflow
  • After a set number of short Pomodoros, take a longer Pomodoro break
  • More Information: http://tomato-timer.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


TimeTracker

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
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/uXKJgg

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Extension


RescueTime Dashboard

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: https://www.rescuetime.com/browser-plugin

Cost: Free

Compatibility: OS X, Windows, Linux, Android, ChromeOS


WriteRoom

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
  • More Information: http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/products/writeroom

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: Extension for Chrome, Firefox, Opera


Dark Room

Features:

  • Use this tool to create distraction-free reading by removing visual clutter from web pages
  • Use the pre-created themes or create your own with color, font and text size
  • Save your readings to Everyone for later reading or archiving
  • More Information: http://jjafuller.com/dark-room/

Cost:Free

Compatibility: Windows


Fokus

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
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/pHjc3b or http://goo.gl/CZVhBw

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome and Firefox Add-On

Vision

he following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Vision Support.

Vision

AccessNote

Features:

  • Notetaking tool for those who are Blind or Visually Impaired created by the American Federation of 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
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/bozjm7

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


TapTapSee

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
  • More Information: http://www.taptapseeapp.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


LookTel Recognizer

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
  • More Information: http://www.looktel.com/recognizer

Cost: $19.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


LookTel Money Recognizer

Features:

  • 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
  • More Information: http://www.looktel.com/moneyreader

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


Be My Eyes

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 person who is blind’s eyes
  • A networks of thousands of both blind and sighted people across the world
  • More Information: http://www.bemyeyes.org/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


NVDA Screen Reader

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
  • More Information: http://www.nvaccess.org/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows


DanKam: Colorblind Fix (iOS)/DanKam A2.0+ (Android)

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
  • More Information: https://itunes.apple.com/dankam-colorblind-fix

Cost: $2.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android


Vision Assist

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
  • More Information: http://visionassist.slinkyware.com/

Cost: $5.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


NaviDys

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
  • More Information: http://michaeldardol.com/navidys/

Cost: $2.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad


ER Browser

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
  • More Information: http://erbrowser.com/

Cost: $0.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


Thunder Screen Reader

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
  • More Information: http://www.webbie.org.uk/thunder/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows


Fleksy

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
  • More Information: http://fleksy.com/

Cost: $0.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android


Turn Off the Lights

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
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/l96MtE

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome Add-On


Fokus

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
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/pHjc3b or http://goo.gl/CZVhBw

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome and Firefox Add-On

Staff

Location

Office of Accessibility is located in the James A Rhodes Student Center on the University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College campus.

Monday & Wednesday 10:00 am -11:30 am and 4:00 pm -5:00 pm
Tuesday & Thursday     4:00 pm -5:00 pm

Primary Contact: accessibility@rio.edu

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy

Under Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity operated by the University of Rio Grande or Rio Grande Community College ("Rio Grand"). Title IX ensures equal access to those programs and activities for our students and employees of all gender identities. Rio Grande is dedicated to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff.

It is the policy of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College not to discriminate on the basis of gender in the educational programs, activities, or
employment policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be directed to the Affirmative Action Office of the University and the Community College, (740) 245-7228, or to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, D.C.

Furthermore, the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College affirm that policies and practices relating to housing, academic and social life, and employment are applied without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, genetic information, gender identity, genetic information, religion, disability, age, marital status, national or ethnic origin, socioeconomic status, veteran status, political affiliation. or  other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local law. Inquires in this regard should be directed to the President of the University of Rio Grande or Rio Grande Community College.

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