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Writing

The following Free or Low-Cost Assistive Technology programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of writing support.

Writing

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: 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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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: Ginger Website

Cost: Free; Paid Premium

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


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: Grammarly Website

Cost: Free and Premium version

Compatibility: Chrome Extension; iOS; Android


Hemingway Editor

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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: Hemmingway Editor Website

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

Compatibility: Windows or Mac


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: iWordQ Website

Cost: $28.99- $34.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad


LanguageTool

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Features:

  • 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 $4.99/month for premium version

Compatibility: Online Resource and Chrome Extension


ProWritingAid Grammar Checker & Writing Coach

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Features:

  • 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, style, spell checking, word overuse, and more
  • More Information: ProWritingAid Website

Cost: Free for limited version or $20/month for premium version

Compatibility: Free Chrome Extension and Online Editor


QuillBot

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Features:

  • 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, Microsoft Word Extension


TextExpander

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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: TextExpander Website

Cost: $3.33/month

Compatibility: iOS


Typ-O HD

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Features:

  • Word prediction with text-to-speech capability to hear the word options before you select them
  • Ability to enter text on the screen using speech recognition
  • Listen to your work with the text-to-speech feature
  • Spell checker built in that frequently gets misspelled words right
  • More Information: Typ-O HD Application

Cost: $11.99

Compatibility: iOS


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: Voice Dream Writer Website

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: iOS


Word Bank Universal

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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: Word Bank Universal Website

Cost: $3.99/month

Compatibility: Online Resource


Writing Challenge

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Features:

  • Offers topic suggestions for writing
  • Turns writing into interactive games
  • Writing templates
  • Group writing features
  • More Information: Writing Challenge Website

Cost: $1.99

Compatibility: iOS; Mac; Windows; Android; Kindle


Writing Prompts

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Features:

  • Assist with writer’s block
  • Offers writing prompts based on news, scenes, sketches, texts, and words
  • App works on and offline
  • More Information: Writing Prompts Website

Cost: $1.99

Compatibility: iOS; Android; Kindle


Written Kitten

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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: Written Kitten Website

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource


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