Accessibility Applications (Apps)

As the world becomes more digitally connected than ever before, it's important to recognize that accessible apps make these conveniences available to a larger audience. Developers have embraced inclusive expertise to produce disability-friendly app designs that integrate accessibility functions in many technological products, such as the ones below.

Alarm Apps

A timer and reminder app for the iPhone that is accessible with VoiceOver. Features include pop-up reminder alerts with robust repeat scheduling, flexible snooze and full customization; pop-up timers with custom messages, countdown/count up and pause; iCloud syncing among iOS devices (Extras Package); and over 80 high-quality custom sounds. Users may use Siri to create reminders and import from the Reminders app into Alarmed. 

Suggested Price:

Free 

Available:

iOS®


This app is an innovative solution for those who just can’t seem to get up on time, even with an alarm clock. This app has been cleverly designed to force you to get out of bed. You set it up by registering a photo of an area or room in your house. Then once the alarm is set, the ONLY way to make it stop ringing is to get out of bed and go take a photo of the registered area.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android® 


An intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed. 

Main Features:

  1. Waking up made easy! Sleep Cycle analyzes your sleep and wakes you in your lightest sleep phase.
  2. Detailed sleep statistics and sleep graphs for every night.
  3. 15 carefully selected, high quality, alarm melodies.
  4. Use your own music as wake up sound
  5. Snooze by shaking or tapping the phone lightly.
  6. Customizable wake-up window. From instant (regular alarm clock) up to 90 minutes.
  7. Background mode - set your alarm and exit Sleep Cycle - sleep analysis will continue in the background
  8. Sleep notes - see how events such as drinking coffee, eating too much or having a stressful day affect your sleep quality
  9. Long term graphs - track sleep quality over time, see which days of the week you sleep best and much more

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android® 


American Foundation for the Blind Apps

This free app lets you keep up with the latest issue of AccessWorld Magazine, read any article in AccessWorld's entire archive of back issues, and contact any member of the AccessWorld team. 

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

IOS®


AFB CareerConnect is a free online resource center specific to career exploration, job-seeking skills, transition from school to work, e-mentoring, and navigating the employment process as a person who is blind or visually impaired.

This app has been optimized for iOS VoiceOver and Accessibility features. 

Main Features:

  1. Browse and utilize transition lesson plans from AFB CareerConnect
  2. Browse and read “Our Stories,” firsthand accounts from AFB CareerConnect mentors
  3. Browse and read blog posts from the CareerConnect Blog
  4. Contact AFB and the AFB CareerConnect team

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® 


VisionConnect™ provides a searchable directory of services available in the US and Canada for children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. Find services such as computer and technology training, daily living skills training, braille and reading instruction, dog guide training, employment services, low vision services, and more.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® 


Dictionary Apps

Not sure where to begin your research for that next big paper? Although it’s typically not considered a reputable source for class papers, this app can help you get a good start and help you get familiar with the subject matter to jump-start your research.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS®


Are you in need of a dictionary but don’t want to lug one around in your bag?  Take a look at this app for your dictionary and thesaurus needs. You’ll have more than 200,000 dictionary definitions at your fingertips with the ability to search online or off.

Suggested Price:

Free 

Available:

iOS® and Android®


Health Apps

Migraine Buddy is an advanced migraine headache diary and tracking app designed by neurologists and data scientists. More than a migraine journal, Migraine Buddy helps users record and identify triggers of migraine, migraine symptoms, migraine medication, migraine frequency and duration, pain intensity and location, medications for migraine, and other lifestyle factors so users can improve their migraine condition. Migraine Buddy provides an easy to read summary report for users to take appropriate action. Migraine Buddy also features an intelligent sleep diary that allows users to see the correlation between their sleep and migraines via a newly introduced sleep graph.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android® 


Lecture Apps

Audio Memos – Voice Recorder is a professionally made voice recorder. It has an amazingly intuitive interface, which is easy to use and full of powerful features. Use it for interviews, lectures, music sessions, briefings, dictations, sound sampling, voice recording, ... and simplify your recording tasks.

Main Features:

  1. Best quality - adjustable to fit your needs.
  2. Send your recordings by email, Dropbox, ...
  3. Sorting by date or by title.
  4. Records when your device is in sleep mode.
  5. Optimized for phones and tablets.

Suggested Price:

$0.99 (Android)

Free (Apple) 

Available:

iOS® and Android®


Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files, and save to OneNote,?OneDrive, or your local device.?? 

Suggested Price:

Free 

Available:

iOS® and Android®


Lecture Capture is a learning platform that brings about a paradigm shift in the education delivery mechanism. It significantly enhances the grasp and retention of knowledge by giving students access to recorded classroom lectures on an anytime-anywhere basis. 

Main Features:

  1. Access video lectures (even offline)
  2. Create Notes and Bookmarks on the video
  3. Ask questions to the faculty
  4. View Additional study material
  5. Create Playlists
  6. Automatically synchronize new content

Suggested Price:

Free 

Available:

iOS® and Android® 


Math Apps

Oh yes, your math homework or tests may be quite challenging. It is so easy to get stuck trying to find the right answer. Try Mathway—the mobile application that will guide you step-by-step while you search for algebra, geometry, or any other math solution. Enter your task into the application, and check if your solution is the same with one offered.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android® 


Looking for a great calculator but don’t want to pay the big bucks? This app gives you just that with its ability to quickly create plots, equations, graphs and more. The bonus? You can take screenshots of your work, so you can remember past equations or graphs at a moment’s notice.

Main Features:

  1. It includes a powerful, yet easy to use scientific calculator.
  2. Quickly plot and trace multiple equations on the same graph.
  3. Custom keyboard to speed up entering equations.
  4. Pinch to zoom and drag/slide for scrolling the graph in real-time.
  5. The graph view supports portrait and landscape modes.
  6. Take screenshots and e-mail graphs to yourself.
  7. Evaluate your graphs at any x value using the calculator screen.
  8. Find the exact (x,y) coordinates for roots, intersections, minimums and maximums using the trace mode.
  9. Supports graphing polar and parametric equations.
  10. Supports graphing implicit equations in the form f(x,y)=g(x,y), which makes it possible to graph equations that cannot explicitly be solved for y in terms of x.
  11. Supports graphing inequalities.
  12. It provides conditional statements allow the user to restrict the domain and graph piece-wise functions.
  13. Retina display and multitasking support.
  14. Display the graph on a TV, projector, or external monitor using Apple's VGA adapter (iPhone 4, 4th gen iPod, and iPad only)
  15. Currently supports the following functions: abs, acos, acosh, acot, acoth, acsc, acsch, asec, asech, asin, asinh, atan, atan2, atanh, ceil, cos, cosh, cot, coth, csc, csch, deg2rad, exp, fact, floor, gamma, gcd, lcm, lgamma, ln, log2, log10, logbase, max, min, mod, nCr, nPr, nroot, rad2deg, rand, sec, sech, sin, sinh, sqrt, tan, tanh.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® 


Note Taking Apps

Do you need a place to track and keep notes from class?  This app will help you with that and more. You can record voice memos, to-do lists and notes, having mobile access to these while you’re on the go. Additionally, find this app on your home computer and download it to your browser. How’s that for taking notes?

Main Features:

  1. Write notes, checklists, and research
  2. Organize web articles, docs, and photos
  3. Discuss your work with others, right within the app
  4. Present ideas without creating a slide deck

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android®


Record notes and audio synced with the best note-taking app around!

Main Features:

  1. Synchronized note and audio recording
  2. Seek directly to audio by tapping notes
  3. Highlighted notes during playback
  4. Insert text, drawing, photo, & highlighter notes
  5. Desktop support: view your.audionote files on Mac or PC (see our website for more info) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.luminant.audionote&hl=en

Suggested Price:

$5.99

Available:

iOS® and Android®


tracks what you type and draw while recording audio, so you'll never worry about missing an important detail.
While playing back your recording, just tap a word; SoundNote will jump right to that point in the audio.
SoundNote is perfect for students. If you ever fall asleep in class, don't worry — SoundNote's got your back. Just tap what you wrote while you were awake, and SoundNote will play the audio to help you fill in the blanks.

Suggested Price:

$4.99

Available:

iOS® 


OneNote is great for school for both students and teachers. Take your notes during class with ease, mixing in text, ink, and web clippings. Use OneNote to organize your brainstorms, draw mind maps and develop your ideas for your next school assignment. As a teacher, plan your lessons and have all the information you need right in your pocket and on the go.

Main Features:

  1. Requires Android OS 4.1 or later.
  2. A free Microsoft account is required to use OneNote.
  3. OneNote opens existing notebooks created in Microsoft OneNote 2010 format or later.
  4. To sync your notes to OneDrive for Business, sign in with your organization's Office 365 or SharePoint account.

Suggested Price:

Free 

Available:

Android®


Learn faster, study better, and score higher with CliffsNotes® for the iPhone®, iPod touch®, and iPad®. Fast, effective, and comprehensive literature study guides for your mobile device give you anywhere, anytime access to character, theme, and plot summaries and analysis; interactive quiz features; and audio CramCasts.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® 


Learn more about this app via the main features below.

Main Features:

  1. Create, study and share your own digital flashcards for free
  2. Customize your study materials with images and audio
  3. Quiz yourself, track your progress and set study reminders
  4. Access study materials seamlessly across desktop and mobile devices
  5. Copy and edit flashcards you like to make them your own. See flashcard recommendations tailored to your studies.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android® 


NOTES PLUS is an intuitive, lightweight Notes application that allows you to capture and organize your ideas. This Notes app gives you a notepad look and feel.

Main Features:

  1. Secure swipe lock to keep your notes private
  2. Print your notes (Android 4.4+)
  3. Contact developer by email button
  4. Add notes by Voice
  5. Add Notes to your Google Calendar.
  6. Simple Navigation
  7. Share your Notes (SMS or E-Mail)
  8. Preview the note before opening. (Long Click)
  9. Press the microphone to VOICE input your NOTES

Suggested Price:

Free (Android) 

$9.99 (Apple) 

Available:

iOS® and Android®


Do you have study notes to type up for an overdue class project and your poor fingers are so tired from flipping through those ancient things called print books?  Or maybe granny is paying for your college and you need to get your weekly email out to her fast, and your typing sucks.  No problem.  Just start talking into Dragon Dictation and it’ll convert everything for you digitally, which you can paste into other apps, send as an email message, or save it for later. Save your fingers for texting.  Actually, you can use Dragon Dictation for text messages as well – at least the kind where you need to type entire English words in full.  

Suggested Price:

Free 

Available:

iOS®


Productivity Apps

Looking for a streamlined process to organize your school to-do lists? This app does just that. iHomework helps you keep your course schedule, appointments, homework and more all stored in one place. With notifications for when your next assignment is due to when the final exam is, you’ll be up-to-date on your next to-do.

Suggested Price:

$0.99

Available:

iOS®


Need a quiet place to study that offers free internet connection? Wi-Fi Finder is your new best friend. Its built-in navigation will help you find the nearest Wi-Fi connection. With more than 650,000 locations in 144 countries worldwide, you’ll be able to study in peace in no time.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android® 


Replace your old planner by downloading this app. You’ll be able to track your daily class schedule, homework assignments and future exams. Have you ever forgotten to turn your phone off during class? This app will even silence your phone during your scheduled class time.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

Android® 


Forgot to bring your pen and paper to class? The Notability app is for notetaking, PDF annotation, typing and recording. In addition, you can add links and photos to your notes. Plus, just tap a word from your notes to hear it played back to you in an instant.

Suggested Price:

$9.99

Available:

iOS®


Are you looking for a more organized approach to studying and collaborating with your peers? Cut down on the meetings for group projects and manage tasks with this great app. Organize the entire project from the beginning stages all the way to the final product.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android®


Do you struggle with all the passwords you’re expected to remember? This password manager maintains all of your passwords, logins, credit card information and more so you don’t have to. Keep them stored in one secure, easy-to-access location available to you with just one password.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

IOS® and Android® 


Are you in need of some help organizing your crazy schedule? This app will help you keep track of all of your family’s commitments. Maintain a streamlined schedule and receive notifications when events are taking place or things are due. 

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android® 


Do you enjoy organizing and making to-do lists? Here’s another handy app option for setting reminders and housing your to-do lists.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® 


Memorize like a pro with Flashcards+ by Chegg, the fast, fun, free flashcard maker designed to help you learn things more quickly and ace your toughest classes. This is the ultimate online flashcard & notecard tool for high school and college students, and those studying hard for the SAT, ACT, GRE and other standardized tests. With Flashcards+ you can study anywhere, and any time – review your math flashcards while you’re waiting for the bus, study Spanish flashcards on the way to a big test, or cram for chemistry when you’re walking across campus.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android® 


Reading Apps

Read your favorite book on the go without having to carry it in your bag. Just download the Kindle app to your mobile phone and you can access books, magazines, newspapers, textbooks and more.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android® 


Simply the best magnifying glass in the Play Store. Uses your phone's camera to magnify text or anything else. Great for the visually impaired, for soldering small stuff or just for curious kids. With light mode (on devices with camera flash) capture function, high fps mode, invert function for the visually impaired and many many more options. It has been tested to work well on almost any Android device.

Suggested Price:

Free 

Available:

Android® and iOS®


Browsing your favorite online publications and news sites can be time-consuming. Save time and catch up on the latest news with this app. Save web pages, blogs, newspapers and magazines while you’re on-the-go and revisit them after work or class.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android®


Looking for an app to bookmark the articles you want to read later? Check out the Pocket app. This app collects links, videos and news articles, saving the content for you to access it when you’re ready.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android®


Bring together your favorite local and global news channels with this cleverly presented app. In addition, you can sync your personal news within this app: Facebook, Instagram and more.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android® 


Curious about what news stories are trending? SmartNews brings you those stories and categorizes them based on subject. The app excels in digging up fresh content that will actually interest you. Some of their partners include NBS News, Quartz, Reuters, Perez Hilton and more.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android® 


Safety Apps

Circle of 6 lets you choose up to 6 trusted friends to add to your circle. If you get into an uncomfortable or risky situation, use Circle of 6 to automatically send your circle a pre-programmed SMS alert message, with your exact location. It’s quick. It’s discreet. Two taps are all it takes. Circle of 6 also connects you to 24h hotlines for safety and information, as well as Scarleteen.com, a comprehensive online sexual health resource.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS®


bSafe is a personal safety app designed to keep you and your friends safer 24/7. Have you ever felt unsafe when walking alone at night, or jogging on a running trail? Have you ever needed an excuse to get out of a bad date or long meeting, or simply been looking for an easier way to hook up with your closest friends? Have you ever worried about how you actually would get help in case of an emergency? bSafe can help in all situations.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS®


Student Planner Apps

The clean interface and design make this app great for college, high school, or middle school. This homework helper contains additional features that make it easy to use for high school students with a block class schedule. Keeping track of assignments has never been better! The myHomework student agenda is today's students favorite way to focus and reduce anxiety. With this school tracker, the information normally hidden in the academic planner is now available everywhere. Using myHomework as a school organizer makes keeping track of what assignments to do easier than ever before.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® and Android® 
 


My Class Schedule keeps your student life organized! This app will not only keep you informed about your upcoming classes, but also reminds you of exams and unfinished homework.

The main feature of My Class Schedule is its timetable that shows your schedule for any particular day or week. Additionally, there are many other helpful features, for example, a grade overview with your average grades or the ability to automatically mute your phone during class.
No matter if you go to school or university, this easy to use app helps you to keep track of all related tasks.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

Android® 


Class Timetable is the perfect companion for school, college or university. Keep track of classes and add events to your week's schedule with ease.
No other schedule for school, college, or university has ever been this easy to use. Swipe left and right to see what's coming up in your schedule or rotate your device to see your timetable presented in a beautiful week display.

Keep track of homework with a built-in task list, you can do more than just manage your schedule. Keep track of when your college assignment is due, or easily remember what you've got left to do for your school homework.

Suggested Price:

Free

Available:

iOS® 


Writing Apps

Did that last chapter of your assigned reading leave you stumped? Don’t fret. This app comes with study guides for several books and access to many more online. Read the study guide, chapter summaries and more in 10 minutes or less.

Suggested Price:

Free one month trial then $0.99 a month or $4.99 a year

Available:

iOS® and Android®


What is the most difficult stage of essay writing? The majority of college students would probably say: creating a list of citations (do not forget that you have to know MLA or APA style to format it). If you are one of these students, EasyBib is the right app for you to download. Just enter a book’s title and get the right citation! All you have to do is copy this citation into your bibliography.

Suggested Price:

Free  

Available:

iOS® and Android®


CONTACT US.


Ann Coburn-Collins, Director of Academic Support Programs
Wickes 260
accessibility@svsu.edu
(989) 964-7000

Scott MacLeod, Assistant Director of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations
Wickes 260
sdmacleo@svsu.edu
(989) 964-7000

Debbi Abeare-Jacobs, Administrative Secretary
Wickes 260
dabearej@svsu.edu
(989) 964-7000