Adaptive Apps & Tools

Chrome Extensions

$ Free
With one click, Clearly makes blog posts and articles clean and easy to read. Clearly eliminates all distractions from your online reading experience, and even allows you to browse multi-page articles in one, seamless view.

$ Free- 
When enabled, this extension will substitute the font used on the website with the OpenDyslexic font which greatly helps those who struggle to read due to dyslexia. You can also download the free OpenDyslexic font to add to your computer’s font folder so you can use it in Word, Powerpoint, etc.

$ Free
With this extension, you can: 1) Double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble. 2) View the complete definition of any word or phrase using the toolbar dictionary. 3) Click on the speaker icon to have the pronunciation.
If you opt in (via the options page), this extension will store a history of all your looked-up words and their definitions. You can download this history as a CSV file at any time. In addition, you can allow other Chrome extensions to access this history. For example, a third-party extension could produce flashcards to help you practice words you've looked up before.
Chrome Apps

$ Free
Voice recognition app that allows the user to dictate the text of a document, then save the text to Google Drive or send as an email.
Type with your voice. 
Dictation turns your Google Chrome into a speech recognition app.
You can use your Google Chrome browser as a voice recognition app and type long documents or emails without touching the keyboard.
Save your file on your computer, send it to Dropbox or Google Drive, or your can send the text to any email address. 
Note: It will type commas, periods and question marks, but a little tricky. But I think with practice, you will be able to streamline this process.

$ Free
This app is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication app
Text To Speech online, helps people speak out loud. 
Free & unlimited.
 SpeechNinja is designed for ease of chat. You don't need to clear previous text, simply type in new text, and it will automatically clear what was previously spoken. Press "Enter" and it will say it. Also note the quick pre-typed messages. Add custom messages as you wish. 
$ Free
.myHomework is a digital student planner that lets students easily track their classes, homework, tests and projects so assignments can never be forgotten again! myHomework is available on multiple platforms, so you can always know what's due wherever you are. You can find the myHomework app on the iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 8, Kindle Fire and the Web. The free app includes: - Track your classes, homework, tests and assignments - Receive homework reminders - Beautiful monthly and weekly calendar display - Supports time, block and period-based schedules.
Google Single Sign-On 
Paid version available

Google/Chromebook/Chrome Apps & Extensions

Google Tools for Special Needs -

Google Apps and Chromebooks for Special Education and Special Needs -

Google Chrome and Assistive Technology Applications -

OT's with Apps & Technology -

My Favorite Free Chromebook Apps And Extensions For The Special Education Classroom -

Chromebooks for Special Education -


Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills. Will need Flash

Special Needs Games Online
Google Site with Switch and Touch Screen Games, Memory Games and Songs. Not fancy.

Explaining Special Needs to your Child: 15 great children’s books

Pinterest Boards

Special Education Inclusion -

AT, OT and Dysgraphia -

iOS for SPED, AT and Life -

Assistive Technology -

Extra Special Teaching -

Twitter Hashtags

#sped #spedChat #specialEdAdvice #spedPLC

#spedTech #specialneeds #dyslexia #autism #aspergers

Consider adding filter:links to your Twitter hashtag search to limit to those

tweets that have links in them...such as [  #spedTech filter:links  ]


6 Strategies for Working With Diverse-Needs Students -

IEP Resource List -

The Top Ten Special Education Blog Posts -

Special Education Law Blog -

Top 25 Special Education Blogs -

15 Top Special Education blogs -

Special Education Teaching Blogs -

Edutopia’s Special Ed Tagged Blog Posts -

iOS Apps
$ Free
MyMedSchedule Mobile is a secure medication schedule and reminder program, complete with pictures of the pills. It allows the user to create and save easy-to-understand medication schedules. Each MyMedSchedule shows what times one should take their medications or supplements, how much to take, and the purpose.

One can set up text and email reminders for reminders to take their meds. MyMedSchedule Moble is in sync with, a free website, so it can be easily revised, accessed and printed from anywhere in the world, and you can quickly have an updated schedule for an emergency or routine doctor visit.
Picture Scheduler is a tasks organizer for people with disabilities. This app was optimized for creating and organizing personal tasks for individuals with disabilities. Create visual tasks with attached audio, video or picture. Tasks can have alarms and you can choose from five sounds. 
Universal iPhone/iPod/iPad app.

To Siri, With Love
How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri
Judith Newman's article about her 13-year-old son and the app, Siri. Siri has helped him speak more clearly, practice conversation and practice social ettiquette. When transferred to real life, he can now relate more easily to people. 

iPad Apps

TCEA List of Free Must-Have iPad Apps for Special Education -

Bright Ideas for Blended Learning -

Smart Apps for Special Needs -

Bridging Apps -

iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Apps for (Special) Education -

iPodsibilities Special Education Apps -

iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android Apps for Speech and Language Therapy -

iPhone/iPad Apps for AAC -

Accessibility Available on the iPad
Intuitive by design, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch also come with assistive features that allow people with disabilities to experience the fun and function of iOS. With a wide range of features: Vision, Hearing, Physical and Motor Skills, and Learning and Literacy

VoiceOver - Describes aloud what appears onscreen, so you can use the iPad without seeing it.

Invert Colors - Makes it easier to read, when turned on, the screen looks like aphotographic negative

Speak Selection - iPad will read aloud any text you select

Speak Auto-Text - Speaks the text corrections and suggestions the iPad makes when you type

Reduced Screen Motion - stop the motion of some screen elements, such as the parallax effect of icons and alerts

Subtitles and Closed Captions - Use subtitles nad captions offered by the video you are watching. subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH) can be set if they are available

Assignable Tones - Set distinctive ringtones to people in your contacts list

Guided Access - Limits iPad to a single app and lets you control which app features are available

Switch Control - Control the iPad using a single switch or multiple switches

Assistive Touch - Helps one use the iPad if you have difficulty touching the screen or pressing the buttons

Android Apps
$ Free
This app lets you use your Android phone or tablet as an augmentative communication device. It offers over 1,200 pre-made pages and over 7,000 images in our public libraries, which include twelve pre-made page sets: ChildPreA/B, Child1A/B, Child2, Child Intermediate, PicSpeechmaker, Adult1, Adult2, Speechmaker, Healthcare, and Spanish Child1. You can easily import these pages into your own online library, customize them, and/or create your own pages. AT&T Natural Voices offer text-to-speech output in 20 voices and five languages.

This app is a free speech communication application designed to help non-verbal children and adults communicate. Speech therapists commonly refer to JABtalk as an easy and effective augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. By combining personalized voice and images with an extremely simple user interface, JABtalk delivers a speech solution that is both fun to use and easy to learn. Originally designed as a communication tool for children with special needs.
Some of JABtalk features include:
-Navigation designed to be intuitive for toddlers
-Build sentences from words
-Organize words into user-defined categories for simple navigation
-Ability to rearrange and resize pictures
-Download unlimited number pictures from internet directly into JABtalk!

Android Apps

Bridging Apps -

One Place for Special Needs Android Apps List -

Apps4Android’s Assistive Technology Apps -

Android Apps for Special Education (Pinterest) -

14 Special Needs Android Apps on Google Play -

Google Play Store: Apps Tagged as Special Education -

7 Best Apps for People With Disabilities -

Type with your voice

For an easy way to put words on a page, you can type with your voice in a document. At the moment, this feature is only available in Chrome browsers.

More info

TCEA Recommendation Lists
iPad Apps Recommended List
Easily find the best app for your content area. Click on the subject area and then scroll across to see apps that you can use as a teacher or with your students this year.

Android Apps Recommendation List
Need an Android app for yourself or your students. Check out our list of Android apps categorized by content area to help you find that perfect app to meet your need.

Chrome Apps and Extensions Recommended List
With so many Chrome apps and extensions available, you'll find this recommended list a must-have to help you locate ones that support your content area.