Looking for iOS apps for adults or middle school through post secondary students with learning disabilities? Check out this app list out.
Create with middle/high, post secondary students and adults in mind, this list includes basic apps to support individuals with learning disabilities. With deployment of iPad to students with learning disabilities at school and working with post secondary students creating a go to list of app has been a goal for a while. Although there are thousands of possible apps that could be listed, here are a few apps by categories I would recommend to support academics, organization, dictionary or reference work use for struggling readers and writers.
|Concept Mapping Apps|
|Tools 4 Students||App providing wide variety of concept mapping templates for writing, summarizing, pros vs. cons, timelines, KWL, word meaning and more||.99||iPad|
|Popplet||Concept mapping app; Easy to use||Free/ 4.99||iPhone/iPad|
|Idea Sketch||Concept mapping app; Draw diagram, convert to text outline||Free||iPhone/iPad|
|Dictionary/ Reference Apps|
|Merriam Webster Dictionary||Dictionary with voice recognition search capabilities. Requires Wi-Fi for voice recognition; Create personal word lists||Free/||iPhone/iPad|
|Dictionary.com||Dictionary with voice recognition search capabilities; Requires Wi-Fi||Free||iPhone/iPad|
|Wikipanion||Companion app with Wikipedia; requires Wi-Fi for search||Free||iPhone/iPad|
|American Wordspeller||Phonetic based spell checker||4.99||iPhone/iPad|
|File Management Apps|
|Dropbox||Cloud storage and management of documents, audio, video files; interfaces with many apps and services||Free||iPhone/iPad|
|GoodReader for iPad||PDF Reader managing Microsoft Office files, images, audio and video; Edit documents in app||4.99||iPad|
|Evernote||Create, store text, photos and audio notes; sync to any computer||Free||iPhone/iPad|
|Khan Academy||App featuring Khan Academy videos on math, science, history and more subjects||Free||iPhone/iPad|
||Notepad calculator; Multi-function calculator with different keyboard layouts (numbers, letters)||2.99||iPhone/iPad|
|Note Taking Apps|
|Notability –||Note taking binder app; Import images, files, create notes, fill forms; Export files by email, print, save to Dropbox, iCloud; Tools include drawing, highlighting, more||.99||iPad|
|AudioNote – Notepad and Voice Recorder||Voice recorder app with recording capabilities; Rename files||Free/4.99||iPhone/iPad|
|OCR/ Scanning Apps|
|Prizmo||Document scanning app with OCR capabilities, text to speech, translation and editing capabilities. Best used with iPhone or iPad 3 camera||9.99||iPhone/iPad|
|TextGrabber + Translator||Scanning app with OCR capabilities; translation, best when used with iPhone or iPad 3 cameras||2.99||iPhone/iPad|
|iStudiez Pro||School based organizational app with calendar, class schedule, teacher contacts and class management system; Good for high school and college students||2.99||iPhone/iPad|
|VoCal XL||Audio calendar with persistent reminding capabilities||5.99||iPhone/iPad|
|Awesome Note||Organizer with calendar, note taking by topic/subject, to do list, reminders; links with iOS Calendar||3.99||iPhone/iPad|
|iCal||Apple system calendar app; Create multiple calendars, color coding, set reminders, repeat schedules||Free||iPhone/iPad|
|ToDo||Manage tasks with audio alerts, subtasks and checklists; syncs with iCal and Outlook||4.99||iPhone/iPad|
|Read2Go||Bookshare.org app with text to speech, highlighting and reflowing of text; easy download of Daisy, NIMAS files to members||19.99||iPhone/iPad|
|ClaroSpeak||Upload txt docs for use with Text to Speech, highlighting, font, background, highlight customizing; Reflows text on the screen||5.99||iPhone/iPad|
|iBooks||Apple’s book management system; ePub, PDF, purchased iTunes books; use Speak Text for basic text to speech ; create notes, highlight info||Free||iPhone/iPad|
|SoundGecko||Convert text articles online to MP3||Free||iPhone/iPad|
|Voice Dream Reader||Text to speech app imports content from other sources to read aloud (PDF, web pages, PPT, doc)||2.99||iPhone/iPad|
|AudioBooks||Listen to books and all types of reading material.||Free||iPhone/iPad|
|AppWriter US||Word processing app with word prediction, text to speech. Manages documents, PDF file formats; syncs with Google docs, Dropbox; print, email||19.99||iPad|
|Dragon Dictation||Simplistic voice recognition app; requires Wi-Fi to transcribe speech to text||Free||iPhone/iPad|
|Type on PDF||Form filling app allows adjustable fill in the blank fields; With iPad 3 provides voice recognition capabilities to complete forms.||9.99||iPhone/iPad|
|Typ – O HD||Provides word prediction and spelling error assistance||14.99||iPad|
Lists like these are always a work in progress – check back for revisions!
Here is a downloadable PDF of the OTs w Apps Basic App list for LD 7-28-2012.
More for your OT iTool Kit if you work with adolescents and adults with learning disabilities. If you have app suggestions for basic apps for LD, please share.
One app that I don’t see on the list is the Learning Ally (RFB&D) app. Although Bookshare is great for many students, some find the text to speech monotonous and can’t tolerate it for the long periods required for high school and college reading. Membership with Learning Ally is required, but is usually covered by the School District.
C Campbell, Thank you for the suggestion – I totally missed that on the list! I will update the list!
Thank you much!