While 94% of high school students with disabilities use accommodations, only 17% receive accommodations in college. With 11% of incoming college students having some sort of disability, providing accommodations using technology or on-campus services is extremely important. Here are some apps that can make life, especially student life, easier.
Note Taking Apps
Google Docs: Free
Google Docs can be used with your phone, tablet and computer. Its voice-typing capabilities allows users take notes then edit, format, and move the text.
This app allows you to scan and recognize text and images then edit or export the text. Prizmo can read whiteboards, slides on a projector, or even long documents.
SoundNote records the audio of a lecture, meeting, or discussion while you take notes. Selecting a word on your notes will bring you to that audio recording so you can listen to a specific section or edit your notes.
This app organizes your notes from phone to tablet to a computer. You can convert text, drawings, photos, PDFs, web articles, videos, and audio to notes. You can scan papers and make comments on them as well as build checklists and notebooks.
Mind Mapping Apps
Mind maps are a great tool for visual learners or people with neurological disabilities. They allow you to connect short or long notes, images, videos, and voice memos in a structured or sprawling map. This can be great for note taking, projects, research, or just organizing your thoughts.
Simple Mind: Free to $5.99
You can add photos and images to your mind maps when using Simple Mind.
Ideament offers mind mapping that can be converted to text outlines. Brainstorming for papers becomes easy; let your ideas flow and use the outline to structure your writing.
Time Management and Organization Apps
iStudiez Pro: $2.99
iStudiez Pro allows you to track homework assignments, class schedule, information about professors, and even your extracurricular activities. You will not forget about classes or homework ever again!
This great tool connect images with tasks. For example, you can take a picture of your homework and set a reminder that prompts you with the photo alert. Alarms to take medicine, complete chores or eat meals are easy to set up.
TimeTune: Free to $2.99
Sometimes tracking everything you need to get done in a day can be overwhelming. This planner allows you to create daily routines as well as schedule upcoming events. Enter your routine with the amount of time you need for each activity and you be prompted to wake up and get to class without missing a single beat.
My Medical Info: $1.99
You can use My Medical Info to keep track of medical history, allergies, and medications. You can add reminders for doctor’s appointments and prompts to take medications.
Sleep Cycle: Free
Sleep is extremely important, but school activities may cut into how much time you have to get a good night’s rest. Sleep Cycle is an alarm that monitors your sleep and wakes you up during the optimal time of your lightest sleep. Instead of waking up groggy from deep sleep, you will actually feel more rested.
Red Panic Button: Free to $6.01
This app is useful for situations that may require immediate assistance, such as help getting medicine or if you need help getting your wheelchair unstuck from the snow. Red Panic Button sends a text with your GPS location to a preprogrammed number. The pro version can send audio and video to multiple people as well as contact emergency services.
Overall Great Apps
You can use the Chrome extension or the Android app to bookmark website texts, annotate, highlight websites and mark pages to read later. This app is great for keeping your research notes organized.
Be My Eyes: Free
For people who are visually impaired, getting around a college campus, fixing a computer problem or even finding matching clothes can be problematic. However, this inventive app connects volunteers with people who need assistance. Using a live audio-video connection at the touch of your finger, the volunteers address your requests and guide you with their voice.
Assistive Touch: Free
If you have trouble with finger strength, pressing the tiny buttons on your phone can be difficult. Turning on your phone, turning up the volume, and even certain screen motions can become frustrating to deal with. Assistive Touch allows you to come up with your own gestures with virtual buttons to turn your phone off, control volume, and anything else you need more accessibility. Apple users already have the application in their settings.
These apps can help students improve their grades and increase their participation in and out of class, helping them to have a full and satisfying college career.