There is a wide variety of websites and apps available that can assist students with disabilities with their studies. Some are designed specifically with certain disabilities in mind and others are designed for a wider audience. Note that there are thousands of apps which can potentially help you, but we are giving just a few examples. When deciding which apps to place on this site, we put a preference on those which can be used on multiple types of devices and those which are free. Your app store may have examples of similar apps so make sure to check those out as well. You may find one that works better for you than the one we recommend.
Read Aloud Tools
Read & Write - software is free to download for all K State students, faculty, and staff - it features a variety of text-to-speech tools to aid in reading aloud most documents or webpages. It also features a number of study tools, such as dictionaries, enhanced spell-checkers, and highlighters - for Windows or Mac computers.
Features of the Read and Write software:
- Text -to-speech - reads aloud electronic text for improved comprehension.
- Speech maker - creates and MP3 version of electronic text for on-the-go reading.
- Vocabulary list builder - creates lists with definitions and pictures for effective studying.
- Highlighter tool - highlights and then collects the color-coded highlights for your research paper.
Some computers and tablets have built in text-to-speech readers
Dragon - software to help you dictate words to search the web, send emails, send texts, and keep organized using your voice – for iOS or Android
Dropbox - store all of your documents in one place so you can have them with you wherever you go – for web, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Blackberry, or Kindle Fire
Evernote - take handwritten, typed, or audio recorded notes, create to-do lists, or take clips from webpages and store them all in one place – for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, or Blackberry
myHomework - helps you to keep track of upcoming assignments and tests – for web, Windows 8, iOS, or Android
Anki - flashcard tool that uses scientifically based algorithms to know when to repeat a flashcard to best help you to memorize it. – for Web, Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, Android, or Blackberry 10
Khan Academy - This site offers short videos with information on a wide variety of academic areas. If you missed a topic in class or just need something explained in a different way, this site may have a video to help you out. - for web or iOS.
Quizlet - create flashcards or quizzes on any topic, or view others created by people around the world. – for web, iOS, or Android
Anxiety Management Tools
Breathe2Relax - developed by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, it guides the user through a deep breathing exercise to help manage anxiety and stress – for iOS and Android
PTSD Coach - created by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help anyone with PTSD to track their symptoms, manage their stress, and find information on effective treatments - for iOS or Android
SAM App - an app developed by a team of psychologists to help users understand and manage anxiety – for iOS and Android
K-State Counseling Services has a page devoted to tips and tools to help you reduce stress.