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The following Free or Low-Cost Assistive Technology programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of writing support. The information about the following applications has been summarized from the applications’ websites and/or from experience testing the applications. We update this page approximately once a year. Please refer to the applications’ websites for the most up to date information.

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Co: Writer

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  • Word Prediction app that gives you suggestions of words as you type with the option of reading your word options out loud
  • Built-in text-to-speech reads back what you’ve typed
  • Grammar and spelling support
  • Export files to Dropbox, Google Drive, and other programs
  • Create topic dictionaries from websites and Wikipedia links
  • More Information: Co: Writer Website

Cost: Free trial and $4.99/month

Compatibility: iOS; Chrome Extension; Microsoft Edge add-on

Ginger Grammar Checker & Spell Checker

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  • Checks your spelling and grammar and fixes it according to the context of your text in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome
  • Suggests different and better ways to express your sentences (Premium)
  • Provides training to improve your mistakes (Premium)
  • Reads your text out loud (Premium)
  • More Information: Ginger Website

Cost: Free and paid Premium version

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS, and Chrome Extension


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  • An application that can assist with finding writing mistakes and contextual errors, spelling errors, and poor vocabulary usage
  • Find the right word you are looking for with synonym suggestions
  • Learn from your mistakes to avoid them in the future
  • Grammarly works in emails, essays, and more
  • More Information: Grammarly Website

Cost: Free and Premium version

Compatibility: Chrome Extension; iOS; Android

Hemingway Editor

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  • Assists with writing clarity, passive voice editing, and readability
  • Displays how many words typed
  • Available in the web browser and as a desktop application
  • More Information: Hemmingway Editor Website

Cost: Free for web browser; $19.99 for desktop application

Compatibility: Online Resource and Windows or Mac desktop application


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  • Context-based word prediction tool
  • Make your own custom abbreviation to simply your writing
  • Text-to-Speech function allows for you to listen to your writing to hear any mistakes, make changes and catch up as you proofread
  • More Information: iWordQ Website

Cost: $34.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad


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  • Free AI-based grammar and spell checking tool
  • Available for more than 25 different languages
  • The free version can check up to 10,000 characters
  • Style suggestions are available in the premium version
  • More Information: LanguageTool Website

Cost: Free for basic and $5.83/month for premium version

Compatibility: Online Resource and Chrome Extension


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  • Writing editor Chrome extension
  • Works within websites, emails, Google Docs and other online sources
  • With the free version, it scans the first 500 words for various categories in your writing, such as grammar, spell checking, and more
  • More Information: ProWritingAid Website

Cost: Free for limited version or $10/month for premium version

Compatibility: Free Chrome, Edge, and Safari Extension; Online Editor; Windows; Mac


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  • AI paraphrasing, summarizing, and grammar checking writing tool
  • Checks for grammar, provides synonyms and rephrases suggestions for up to 125 words at a time
  • 1200 word limit for the summarizing feature and includes a free word counting tool as well
  • More information: QuillBot Website

Cost: Free and premium versions

Compatibility: Online editor; Chrome Extension; Mac; Microsoft Word


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  • Type more with less effort using this custom keyboard shortcut app
  • Create custom abbreviations called snippets of frequently used words and phrases for easy, quick entry into your documents
  • Insert snippets by simply touching on them on your screen
  • Use Dropbox to sync your snippets across devices
  • More Information: TextExpander Website

Cost: $3.33/month

Compatibility: iOS


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  • Make fewer mistakes, use the right words and organize your writing better with this app
  • Text-to-speech and voice-to-text help you to proofread to avoid awkward sentences or grammatical mistakes
  • Dictionary, Phonetic Spell Checker, and Word Finder help you use the correct words when writing
  • Outline of paper allows for better structure and ease when restructuring your paper
  • More Information: Voice Dream Writer Website

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: iOS

Word Bank Universal

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  • Assists with developing a vocabulary for writing by creating a word back highlighting most used words in larger fonts
  • “Word Bank also summarizes and extracts important people, places, a timeline, and numbers from web pages.” (Don Johnston Incorporated, 2023)
  • Available text-to-speech
  • Searchable content
  • More Information: Word Bank Universal Website

Cost: $3.99/month

Compatibility: Online Resource

Writing Challenge

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Cost: $1.99 iOS and $1.49 Android

Compatibility: iOS; Mac; Windows; Android; Kindle

Writing Prompts

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  • Assist with writer’s block
  • Offers a variety of writing prompts
  • App works on and offline
  • More Information: Writing Prompts Website

Cost: $1.99

Compatibility: iOS; Android; Kindle

Written Kitten

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  • Encourages words typed by showing a picture of a kitten for every 100 words typed
  • The image displayed can be adjusted per user preference
  • More Information: Written Kitten Website

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource

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