6 Apps for People With Dyslexia

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For people with dyslexia, even the seemingly basic tasks of reading and writing can be a real challenge. Fortunately, thanks to modern technological advancements, there are many assistive technologies that can make a world of difference. These tools can be especially helpful for both students and adults. Check out these apps for dyslexia that may provide some much-needed assistance.

Pocket can be a great tool for students and adults alike, giving readers a chance to use assistive technologies to help them stay up-to-date on current events. Users who rely on the internet for their supply of news stories can curate the articles they wish to read using Pocket and take advantage of its text-to-speech function, which will read the content out loud. This simple tactic helps many users better comprehend the news of today. Pocket doesn't have to be limited to just news articles either; it can be used for a wide range of reading material, from how-to and Do-It-Yourself articles to even entertainment articles. While in school, programs like Kurzweil can help with set textbooks and worksheets, but news and features articles often aren't readable by common learning assistance programs. This app can be great even for users who don't have dyslexia. As a bonus, the Pocket developers are typically responsive and willing to look into and fix user problems. And another bonus: Pocket is a free app. 

In school and college, teachers and professors often use workbooks and photocopies of texts, and sometimes even use original texts and worksheets that must be completed by hand. However, for many people with dyslexia, it can be hard to write down their responses. Fortunately, an app called SnapType Pro is here to help. The program lets users overlay text boxes onto photos of worksheets and original texts, which in turn, allows the user to take advantage of a keyboard or even voice-to-text capabilities to input their answers. SnapType offers both a free abbreviated version, and the full SnapType Pro version for $4.99 on iTunes. 

For individuals who have dyslexia, taking notes can be a challenge. However, Mental Note takes note-taking to the next level, creating a multi-sensory experience for users. Students can create custom notes using text (either typed or dictated), audio, images, photos, and more. The app syncs with Dropbox, offers tags to organize the notes, and even gives users the chance to add a password to their accounts to protect their work. Mental note offers both a free Mental Note Lite option, and the full Mental Note version for $3.99 on iTunes.

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Looking for an easy way to create an awesome video or great presentation? Adobe Voice is great for animated videos and as an alternative to the traditional slide show. When creating a presentation, this app lets users include written text within the presentation, but also uses voice narration and images within the slides. Once the user creates the slide series, the app turns it into an animated video, which can even include background music. As a bonus, this app is free on iTunes!  

This multi-sensory app helps users to better organize and visualize their work. Using idea maps, diagrams, and graphics, students and adults alike can better organize even the most complex concepts, plan out elaborate projects, reason out a problem, and even take notes for studying. The app lets users choose from an outline view or a more graphic diagram, depending on preferences and needs. Like most of the other apps on this list, Inspiration Maps offers a free version and a more extensive version for $9.99 on iTunes. 

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Even though this is actually an online service, not an app for your phone, Cite It In can be an incredibly useful tool when writing papers. It makes adding references to your papers a simple and stress-free task by walking you through the process. It gives you the option of three writing styles (APA, MLA, and Chicago), and lets you choose from either print or online sources, giving you six options for citing information. Then, it gives you text boxes to complete with the necessary information to create footnotes and/or a bibliography reference list at the end of your document. As a bonus, this service is free.