iOS Apps List for Middle/High School & Adults with Learning Disabilities

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.

iOS Apps

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 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
Math Apps
 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
Organization Apps
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
Reading Apps
Read2Go 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
Writing Apps
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.


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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2 Responses to iOS Apps List for Middle/High School & Adults with Learning Disabilities

  1. C Campbell says:


    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.

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