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Assistive Technology Categories Mind Map including: Reading, Writing, Notetaking, Dictation/Speech-to-Text/Speech Recognition, Mind Mapping/Brainstorming, Organization/Task Management, Time Management/Distraction Free, Research Tools, Study Skills/Aids, Vision, Hearing, Communication, and Build-In Accessibility

Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology is all around us! Many of the tools available are free or cost very little to use. On the following pages are lists of Assistive Technology tools you may find useful when completing various tasks both in or out of school.  Many of these tools may help you complete tasks more quickly, easily, or independently. Tools are broken down into sub-categories such as Reading, Writing, or Notetaking, for example. All apps and programs on the following pages are free or cost approximately less than $25.

This website is meant to be a starting point to research Assistive Technology tools with majority of them being available for anyone. We hope this website serves as a starting point for researching and finding tools and programs that best fit the tasks you need to complete.

We do our best to stay updated on the latest information about the apps on the following pages along with adding the latest and greatest apps as soon as they come out. If you find an error in our listing or want to share a program, software, website or app that we should add, please contact us at

Content created and shared by Augsburg University. To use, please correctly cite Augsburg University CLASS Office. The information about the following applications has been summarized from the applications’ websites and/or from experience testing the applications. We do updates approximately once a year. Please refer to the applications’ websites for the most up to date information.

Reading & Literacy



Dictation/Speech-to-Text/Speech Recognition

Mind Mapping & Brainstorming

Study Skills & Aids

Organization & Task Management

FOCUS/Distraction Free & Time Tracking

Research Tools

Stress Management and Relaxation


Hearing and Auditory


Built-In Accessibility