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The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Writing Support.

Writing:

Ginger Grammar Checker & Spell Checker

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Features:

  • 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:  http://www.gingersoftware.com/

Cost: Free; Premium $9.99-$29.96/month

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Chrome and Safari Extension


Ghotit

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Features:

  • Online Contextual and phonetic spell checker along with grammar and punctuation checker
  • Copy text into web page and program will check your grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • More Information: http://www.ghotit.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


Voice Dream Writer

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Features:

  • 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: http://www.voicedream.com/writer/

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


Grammarly

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Features:

  • Eliminate 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 anywhere your Chrome browser in including emails, essays, social media posts and more
  • More Information:  https://www.grammarly.com/

Cost: Free and Premium version

Compatibility: Chrome Extension


Co:Writer

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Features:

  • Word Prediction app that gives you suggestions of words as you type with the option of reading your word options out loud with a swipe of your finger
  • 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: http://donjohnston.com/cowriterapp

Cost: Free trial and $4.99/month

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; iPod touch


iWordQ

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Features:

  • Context-based word prediction tool; including homonyms
  • Make your own custom abbreviation to simply your writing
  • Text-to-Speech function with breathing space added allows for you to listen to your writing to hear any mistakes and make changes and catch up as you proofread
  • More Information: https://www.quillsoft.ca/iwordq

Cost: $20.99-$24.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad


Typ-O HD

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Features:

Cost: $11.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


Fleksy

Features:

  • Increase your keyboard or text input system size to 114% the normal size increase ease of sight using this QWERTY keyboard
  • State-of-the-art system powerful enough for individuals who are blind or low vision to use by not needing to look at the screen to type
  • Powerful word prediction system and autocorrect system edits your text without the need to even see the keyboard
  • More Information: http://fleksy.com/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android


TextExpander

Features:

  • 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: http://smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/

Cost: $3.33

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone


Written Kitten

Features:

  • 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: https://writtenkitten.co/

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


Hemingway Editor

Features:

  • 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: http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

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

Compatibility: Windows or Mac


Word Bank Universal

Features:

  • Assists with developing a vocabulary for writing by creating a word back highlighting most used words in larger fonts
  • HIghlights important people, places, a timeline, and numbers from web pages or articles
  • Available text-to-speech
  • Searchable content
  • More Information: https://wordbank.io/

Cost: $3.99

Compatibility: Online Resource


Writing Challenge

Features:

  • Offers topic suggestions for writing
  • Turns writing into interactive games
  • Writing templates
  • Group writing features
  • More Information: https://www.writingchallengeapp.com/

Cost: $3.99

Compatibility: iOS, Mac, Windows, Android, Kindle


American Wordspeller

Features:

  • Phonetic dictionary
  • Provides brief definitions
  • Words are cross-referenced by sounds and similarity with other words
  • App works on and offline
  • More Information: https://wordspeller.net/

Cost: $2.99

Compatibility: iOS and Android


Writing Prompts

Features:

  • Assist with writer’s block
  • Offers ting wriprompts based on news, scenes, sketches, texts, and words
  • App works on and offline
  • More Information: https://www.writing.com/main/writing_prompts

Cost: $1.99

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, Android or Kindle


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