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In recent years effective instruction in reading for learners with physical and educational disabilities has received great attention in the schools. However, instruction in the corollary skill of writing has received considerably less emphasis. This review paper notes that through the use of assistive technology, students with a variety of physical and educational disabilities can learn to effectively (a) plan and organize their writing, (b) draft and transcribe their work, and (c) edit and revise their narrative and expository writing.

Content Area: writing
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary
IDEA Disability Category: emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
English Language Arts: Writing
Math
Talking Checkbook

The Talking Checkbook has a simple interface that makes managing any bank account more accessible. You can use it to manage a checking, savings or even a retirement account. Information and reports can be generated in MS Word or exported to a spreadsheet. It is designed not only for individuals who find it difficult to write in small areas and for those who find simple math difficult, but anyone who wants an easy way to write checks and balance accounts.

Content Area: math, writing
Grade Level: middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, major-other health impairment, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math Counting & Cardinality, Number & Operations in Base Ten, Number & Operations – Fractions, The Number System
Visual Thesaurus

The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its display encourages exploration and learning. Available both as a desktop version and a web version. Additional features of Visual Thesaurus include Spelling Bee and Vocab Grabber. Spelling Bee: User is challenged by a series of words, with the spelling difficulty adapted to the user's individual skill level.

Content Area: reading, writing
Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, major-other health impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

This report provides a comparison of the post-high school experiences of youth with disabilities in 1990 and in 2005, who had been out of high school up to 4 years. It examines how differences between the two time periods varied across disability categories and demographic groups and, when data are available, how these differences compared with those of youth in the general population.

Content Area: math, reading, science, writing
Grade Level: secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, major-other health impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury
English Language Arts:
Math

The role of technology in education is ever increasing. This article looks at students with disabilities and the problem of writing independently. Speech (voice) recognition technology offers an option, or solution, for students who have physical and/or learning disabilities and for students who cannot access and use computer keyboards or switches. Classroom use of the speech recognition software program packaged within most personal computers is suggested.

Content Area: writing
IDEA Disability Category: multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability
English Language Arts:
Math

The present study assessed the use of a voice-detecting (speech) sensor interfaced with a scanning keyboard emulator to allow two boys with extensive motor disabilities to write. Specifically, the study (a) compared the effects of the voice-detecting sensor with those of a familiar pressure sensor on the boys' writing time, (b) checked which of the sensors the boys preferred, and (c) conducted a social validation assessment of the boys' performance with the two sensors, employing psychology students as raters.

Content Area: writing
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary
IDEA Disability Category: multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment
English Language Arts:
Math

Sonocent Audio Notetaker allows users to capture full recordings of classes or meetings, visualizing audio as chunks, phrase by phrase, making it easier to return to a specific part of a recording later. The software and companion app enables the user to bring together all information on a topic, highlight specific sections of audio, add photos, slides, and additional notes to the original recording. Notes can then be exported and shared. Available as either a yearly subscription/license or perpetual license with automatic updates. 

Content Area: writing
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, developmental delay, emotional disturbance, intellectual disability, major-other health impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury
Operating Systems: Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Writing
Math
2goPC

CTL's collection of rugged Chromebook laptops, monitors and tablets, including features such as plastic bumpers, reinforced ports, water-resistant keyboards, non-slip textures and carrying handles. 

Content Area: math, reading, science, writing
Grade Level: birth to preschool, early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, developmental delay, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, major-other health impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury
Operating Systems: Android
English Language Arts:
Math

Dragon Speech Recognition offers a variety of speech-to-text programs for home, school, and office use. Features accurate speech recognition, dictation and transcription. 

Content Area: writing
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Writing
Math