Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

40 Academic Apps - Part 1

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Applications (apps) for iOS devices change quickly, but I have compiled a list of apps for academic students with visual impairments.  I have used many of these apps, however I have not used all of them personally.  They have all been used by students who are blind or visually impaired, mostly Fifth Grade and up through college and university. I have been quizzing all of my students and other students whom I know, asking them about their favourite apps, how they use them / what they use them for, and they have to demonstrate to me the app in action.  All of the apps on this list are rated highly by the students who use them.
 
Editor's Note:  This is the first of two parts. For other lists of apps, click here to see Linda Mamer's other blog posts.
 

 

 

Notetaking Apps

notability app iconNotability

Note-taker to sketch ideas, annotate documents, sign contracts, complete worksheets, keep a journal, record a lecture, jot travel notes, or teach a class. 

evernote app iconEvernote

Take notes, snap photos, create to-do lists, scan business cards, and record voice reminders.

pages app iconPages

Create reports, resumes, and documents, and with iCloud built in, your documents are kept up to date across all your devices.

writepad app iconWritePad

Text editor that utilizes advanced handwriting recognition input for the English language as well as the keyboard for text entry, and includes spell checker, context analyzer, and standard editing operations such as copy, cut, paste, etc.

cool writer app iconCool Writer

Take notes, write and edit text, convert documents to PDF and image files, open and print images/PDF/office document/iWorks document.

documents app iconDocuments (Free)

This app allows users to edit and manage spreadsheet & rich text files.

keynote app iconKeynote

Presentation app that makes creating presentations simple using just touching and tapping, complete with animated charts and transitions.

photowrite app iconPhotoWrite

With this app users can ‘write’ anything on a photo such as text, signature, time, current location, etc. Move, orient and zoom each of these added items on the photo. Then share the resultant photo with friends, families, civic agencies through e-mail or social networking sites.

 

Typing Apps

AccelType app iconAccelType

Helps people of all ages learn to type with speed and accuracy.

fleksy app iconFleksy Keyboard

Keyboard, powered by patent pending technology that makes typing on any device fast and accurate.

 

Mind Webbing Apps

Inspiration app iconInspiration

Build diagrams, graphic organizers and outlines with this app.

ideas sketch app iconIdeas Sketch

Draw a diagram - mind map, concept map, or flow chart - and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. Illustrate concepts, make lists and outlines, plan presentations, and create organizational charts.

 

OCR & Epub Conversion Apps

read iris app iconReadiris

Editable and searchable text out of scanned documents and PDFs.

PDFePubPDF2ePub

Convert PDF to ePub.

PDF Expert 5 app iconPDF Expert 5

Mark up documents with highlights and handwriting, insert text and stamps, sign and merge PDFs. Fill out PDF forms right on the iPad and iPhone. 

WorldScan app iconWorldScan

Scan documents and convert them into PDF format,save them  or send them by email, wifi or dropbox. 

Voice Dream ReaderVoice Dream Reader

This app reads PDF and Word documents, DRM-free EPUB and DAISY eBooks, and Web pages. Directly integrated with Bookshare, Dropbox, G-Drive, Evernote, Pocket, Instapaper, and Gutenberg. 

TextGrabber + Translator app iconTextGrabber + Translator

 

This app scans, translates and saves chosen text from virtually any printed material. 

prizmo app iconPrizmo - Scanning, OCR, and Speech

Photo-based scanner app that lets users scan and recognize text documents, business cards, and images, and then export them as PDF/Text, vCard, or JPEG/PNG.

textdetective app iconTextDetective

This app reads text from the camera on the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Point the camera and sort through mail, read menus, cards, product packages, medication labels, and all kinds of other print.

claroPDF app iconClaroPDF - Accessible Pro PDF Reader & Viewer

Annotate, mark up and save PDF files which are then fully compatible with Adobe Reader and other popular PDF apps.

 

Math Apps

numbers app iconNumbers

A spreadsheet app ever designed for a mobile device. Features templates for home budget, checklist, invoice, mortgage calculator, and more.

myscript calculatorMyScript Calculator

Perform mathematical operations naturally using handwriting.

webFluidMath app iconwebFluidMath

This is the first handwriting-based educational math app designed for teachers and students in grades 6-12 and applicable to pre-algebra through calculus courses.

 

Art Apps

adobe photoshop touch app iconAdobe Photoshop Touch

Combine images, apply professional effects, and share results with friends and family through Facebook and Twitter.

paper53Paper by FiftyThree

Capture ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web.

photowrite app iconPhotoWrite

With this app users can ‘write’ anything on a photo such as text, signature, time, current location, etc. Move, orient and zoom each of these added items on the photo. Then share the resultant photo with friends, families, civic agencies through e-mail or social networking sites.

youdoodle app iconYou Doodle

This is a photo editor apthat contains the features of dozens of other photo editor apps combined.

 

Connections to Computers / Smart Board Apps

splashtop 2 app iconSplashtop 2

Users can access personal computers on the local network with video streaming performance. View and edit Microsoft Office and PDF files. Browse the web using IE, Chrome, and Firefox with full Flash and Java support. Play 3D PC and Mac games. Access your entire media library and documents.

dropbox app iconDropbox

Access any file saved to personal Dropbox from all computers, iPhone, iPad, and the web.

keynote app iconKeynote

Presentation app complete with animated charts and transitions — as simple as touching and tapping.

join.me app iconjoin.me

Join online meetings on the go.

 

Text-to-Speech / Speech-to-Text Apps

clarospeak app iconClaroSpeak USA

High-quality text-to-speech reader capable of speaking any accessible text with a range of human-sounding high-quality voices.

idictation voice app iconiDictation Voice

Easy-to-use voice recognition app that allows users to easily speak and instantly see the text or email messages.

dragon dictation app iconDragon Dictation

Easy-to-use voice recognition application that allows users to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages.

Voice Dream ReaderVoice Dream Reader

This app reads PDF and Word documents, DRM-free EPUB and DAISY eBooks, and Web pages. Directly integrated with Bookshare, Dropbox, G-Drive, Evernote, Pocket, Instapaper, and Gutenberg. 

 

Social Skills Apps

glow hockey app iconGlow Hockey

Game: Using glow lights to highlight the hockey game, easy to play, hard to master.

facebook app iconFacebook

Social media app.

iTubeList app iconiTubeList

This app let you search and find YouTube playlists like music, TV episodes, cartoons, and much more.

UndrTheRadr app iconUndrTheRadr

An unique ringtone with the ability to only be heard by teenagers due to the frequencies.

Please note that you may need to check whether the app has been updated or whether it only works with certain operating systems.  Please let us know if you have any information to share about any of the apps on this page!  You can email us or leave a comment below. 

 

 

Posted on September 15, 2014
Updated on: August 8, 2018