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Accessibility Resources & Services: Assistive Technology APPs

A resource guide for library accessibility and assistive technology available at the City College of New York.


readability logoReadability

  • Turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, smartphone, or table.
  • Available as an app

Cost:  Free | Compatibility: Windows, MAC, iPhone, iPad, and Android

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Natural Reader LogoNaturalReader

  • Converts any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words
  • Change reading voices and speed
  • Easy to use, one-click technology

Cost: Free | Compatibility: Windows and MAC

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Study Aids

Quizlet study aid applicationQuizlet

  • One of the largest study site in the U.S., providing powerful learning tools and games.
  • Has 6 different study modes, including Flashcard maker.

Cost: Free | Compatibility: iPhone and Android

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myhomework study aid application logomyHomework

  • The best way to keep your school life organized.
  • myHomework tracks your classes, homework and projects so you never forget an assignment again.

Cost: Free | Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and Android

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Khan academy logoKhan Academy

  • A collection of more than 3,200 micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, healthcare and medicine, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, cosmology, organic chemistry, American civics, art history, microeconomics and computer science. \

Cost: Free | Compatibility: Online Resource

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Ginger Grammer & Spell checkGinger Grammar & Spell Check

  • Automatically corrects unusual spelling mistakes, misused words and grammar errors in MS-Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, IE, Firefox.
  • Provides valuable writing support

Cost:  Free | Compatibility: Windows

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Idea Sktetch LogoIdea Sketch

  • Mind mapping tool that allows you to draw diagrams and map out ideas.
  • Brainstorm new ideas, illustrate concepts, make lists and outlines.
  • Plan presentations or create organizational charts.

Cost: Free | Compatibility: iPhones, iPads

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Flesky text input system logoFlesky

  • State-of-the-art text input system so powerful that sighted, visually impaired and blind people are able to quickly and easily type on touch screen phones and tablets.
  • Allows users to type text on the familiar keyboard layout, by tapping on the screen. You don't have to type perfectly accurate -Fleksy will automatically detect the text you meant to enter.

Cost: Free | Compatibility: iPhone, iPad

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iCanSee application logoiCanSee

  • Transforms your iPhone into a magnifying glass capable of up to 4x magnification.
  • Magnifies images around you, iCanSee helps improve the ability to see in difficult situations, including low light.

Cost: Free | Compatibility: iPhone, iPad

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Non-Visual Desktop Access screen reader logoNVDA Screen Reader

  • NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is an open source screen reader for the Microsoft Windows operating system.
  • Enables the blind or vision impaired to access computers running Windows.
  • Ability to run entirely from a USB drive with no installation.

Cost: Free | Compatibility: Windows

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  • Turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.
  • Available as an application for the iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Cost: Free | Compatibility: Windows, Apple products, Android

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Side by Side application logoSide by Side

  • A multiple-window reader/browser with offline reading and note taking capabilities.
  • Turns the iPad into multiple resizable reading devices working in parallel.
  • Browse webpages, download files, read documents, or take notes on each split screen.

Cost: Free | Compatibility: iPad

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Audio Note application logoAudio Note

  • Synchronized note taking and audio recording
  • Text or handwritten notes
  • Seek directly within audio by tapping text or drawings
  • Highlighted notes during playback

Cost: Free | Compatibility: Windows, MAC, iPhone, iPad, and Android

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noteability application logoNotability

  • Notability is the one place to create, share, and manage your notes.
  • Combines handwriting, typing, audio recordings, and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs.

Cost: $7.99 | Compatibility: iPhone, iPad

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Sign 4 me a signed english translator application logoSign 4 Me- A Signed English Translator

  • Ultimate tool for learning sign language with its instruction in 3D.
  • Type in sentences, phrases, words and even the alphabet.
  • Playback is in Signed English for the hearing person who wants to learn basic sign or communicate with those who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing.

Cost: $9.99 | Compatibility: iPhone, iPad

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