Apps for Accessibility
Free apps and programs that can make an online classroom more accessible
For students with learning disabilities, moving to an online platform can seem daunting and insurmountable. But there are a number of apps for reading, mathematics, and more that can help all learners to succeed.
The sheer amount of apps out there can be overwhelming, but if you're unsure of where to start, Carolyn Phillips, Director of Tools for Life, created a webinar for LDA on the basics of tablets and and apps for LD. The webinar explores the world of tablets and offers some examples of their favorite apps for school and home.
Back to the Basics: Tablets and Apps for LD
There are numerous other apps that can help ease the transition into online learning. Many apps include unique and immersive experiences that can be useful for all learners.
Mod Math is a free Apple app that helps students with dyslexia and dysgraphia to complete their math problems. The virtual workspace makes solving equations legible and organized, and can be used for simpler problems to more complex algebraic equations. Students can also use the app to save their worksheets, print them, or send them through email.
Epic is a free app designed for younger readers that has over 40,000 reading resources in the form of ebooks, audiobooks, videos, and quizzes. This app engages readers and is perfect for reading comprehension.
Voice Dream has multiple apps to make reading comprehension easier for all ages. With reading, writing, and scanning apps, Voice Dream goes beyond text to speech.
Readers can scan documents to be read through the app, use text to speech for writing with proofreading and formatting, and can utilize a distraction-free environment within the app. Each Voice Dream app is $9.99 or under for Apple and Android.
LDA has created a webinar that focuses on how Microsoft tools and applications can be used to benefit those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, and more.
This session explores different Microsoft tools such as Office Lens, Immersive Reader, EDGE support for ePub and Reading views, OneNote Learning Tools support on iPad, PC, and Mac, Word Learning Tools support on iPad, iPhone, PC, and Mac, and Outlook support for Read Aloud on PC.
The webinar is free to everyone, though it may require you to provide your name first.
App Search Tools
If you're looking for more apps, Understood.org has an excellent search tool for looking up apps that could be helpful to your child. You just need to select the area of difficulty and the child's grade level.
The Educating All Learners Alliance also has a collection of featured resources that can assist in remote learning.