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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
Tazti

Tazti is a free lightweight speech recognition program that allows the user to navigate social networking sites (MySpace, Facebook, etc.), control iTunes, search Google and YouTube, manage bookmarks, and more through simple speech commands. Tazti cannot handle full-text dictation, but will allow a user to surf the web using only their voice.

Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math
SpEd Pad

SpEd Pad = Therapy Pad, A Dedicated therapy device for Special Education bundled with 100s of Therapy apps approved by experienced Therapists!. SpEd Pad is one-stop solution for both Special Children and the teachers, therapists who teach Special Education. SpEd Pad leverages the power of a mobile device and transforms special education by taking it to a whole new level.

Content Area: math, reading, science, writing
Grade Level: birth to preschool, early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, deafness, hearing impairment, multiple disabilities, specific learning disability
Operating Systems: Android
English Language Arts:
Math

The Medialexie Scribe 2012 is a unique software designed to support individuals in reading and written language activities. With text-to-speech, speech-to-text, word prediction, note-taking, and phonetic transcription tools, the Medialexie Scribe 2012 allows students to access and use core content independently.
 

Content Area: reading, writing
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, developmental delay, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math
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
Bookshare

World's largest online accessible library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities. Collection has over 90,000 digital books including textbooks, children's books, literature, popular books, special collections, newspapers and magazines that can be easily downloaded in DAISY or BRF formats. Membership is free for U.S. students with qualified print disabilities, and members get free reading software for PC and Mac.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Language, Reading: Foundational Skills, Reading: Informational Text, Reading: Literature
Math
VoiceOver

Mac OS X Snow Leopard includes VoiceOver 3 - an updated version of Apple's screen-access technology. VoiceOver 3 includes new features such as gesture support, braille display mirroring, spoken hints, autospeaking web pages, web page summaries, web table support, customizable verbosity and more. Additional new features allow collaboration between sighted and low-vision users by providing visual cues, captions, and a braille panel.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: multiple disabilities, specific learning disability, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Macintosh
English Language Arts:
Math
Satalight

The satalight™ is an Assistive Technology Interactive Learning Station, accessible to people with significant physical and/or learning disabilities, including those in wheelchairs. The ADA wheelchair compliant satalight™ offers multi-sensory stimulation, allows for annotation and touch on an interactive whiteboard with a high output projector and has the capability to incorporate additional components.

Grade Level: birth to preschool, early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, 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 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

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