To aid consumers and professionals who may be interested in knowing more about various mobile devices (including smart watches) and the assorted “apps” than can be used as assistive technology, we have assembled this resource.
Last updated: January 24, 2022
The links are added in reversed chronological order with the newest items designated with an asterisk *.
If you find something that is outdated, or something that we should add to the list, please contact John Brandt at firstname.lastname@example.org
When purchasing any product, consumers need to do their homework and examine the quality of each purchase/download carefully. The resources here are for informational purposes and are not an endorsement of any product or device (please see our disclaimer below). Most of the “app stores” have a place where users can rate and comment about the various apps. We recommend that you read these reviews carefully. While many of the apps listed in this resource are free to download, some cost a considerable amount of money and many are sold with a no refund policy (see Getting Refunds for your iTunes Store Purchases; Apple’s iTunes Store Terms and Conditions; Google Android Market return policy)
The Resources – Lists of Apps
- * 20 Best Apps for Kids With Autism (+ Parents) in 2022 – WizCase
- * Best Autism Apps for kids on iPad, iPhone and Android in 2020 – Autism Parenting
- 30 Apps, Devices and Technologies for People With Vision Impairments – AAO
- My Assistive Technology Toolbox – Shelley Haven, ATP
- 10 Best Assistive Tech Apps for Children with Autism – Daily Wireless
- Free and Low-Cost Assistive Technology Resources – Bates College.
- Language Skills Apps for Kids with Special Needs – Common Sense Education.
- 170 Free iOS Apps for Occupational Therapists – list compiled by Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids.
- COVID-19 – helpful apps and resources for people with brain injury – Neuropsychology Hub.
- Apps for Anxiety and Depression – Maine CITE.
- Apps for Independent – List for Maine CITE by Christine Martin OTR/L (MS-Office document).
- 5 Apps to Help Younger Kids With Self-Control – Understood.
- Accessible Mobile Reading Apps – National Library Service – Library of Congress.
- 25 Best Apps for the Visually Impaired (2020 Edition) – Everyday Sight.
- Low Vision Accessibility Apps – iaccessibility.com.
- iPad and iPhone Apps for Low Vision – from Kellogg Eye Center.
- Apps and Extensions that help support learners with dyslexia and reading challenges – from Hillary Goldthwait- Fowles, PhD.
- Accessible Mobile Apps – American Federation of the Blind.
- 5 Assistive Technology Tools That Are Making a Difference – Alvernia University.
- 17 Best Assistive Learning Tools for Students with ADHD – ADDitude.
- Best Assistive Technology for Reading in the Classroom – Common Sense Education
- Apps for Independence (MS-Word) – Apps list by Christine Martin, OTR/L – from SMACT Meeting 2/1/2019.
- Top Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Apps for iPad – Lifewire
- Best reminder apps for iPhone and iPad in 2022 – iMore
- Social Stories & Video Modeling Apps (PDF) – Lakes Country Service Cooperative, MN
- Social Skills Apps for Kids with Special Needs – Common Sense Media
- Assistive Technology Tools for Students with Learning Disability – LD Resources Foundation
- (Apps) AT for Managing Stress – AT3 Center Tips and News
- Top assistive technology and apps for people with sight loss – Disability Horizons
- 10 Best iPhone Apps for Seniors – The Senior List
- Apps for Students with Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia – a resource from Maine CITE.
- Apps for Kids (and Adults) with Hearing Loss (google doc) – from Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
- Best Apps for Kids – special education.
- CommonSense Media – reviews of apps for kids.
- Moms with Apps.
Reviews and Articles about Apps
- Maine CITE – Apps for Students with Dyslexia/Learning Disabilities
- Sabrina’s Assistive Technology Resource – a webpage from Sabrina Santaniello, a student at Curry College, with literally hundreds of apps as AT resources – a veritable gold mind of apps! Thank you, Sabrina.
- Apps and other AT for AAC users – AAcommunity.net Temple University.
- Assistive Technology: Finding the Right Resources for All Students – Rachelle Dene Poth
- Hadley.ed AT Resources for Vision
- 15 Assistive Technology Tools & Resources For Students With Disabilities – Teach Thought
- 10 Ways I use My Phone as Assistive Technology – Veronica With Four Eyes (NOTE: All of Veronica’s blog posts are great!)
- 30+ tools for diverse learners – ISTE.
- Assistive Technology Empowers Disabled Students – Built-In.
- Assistive Technology for Math – Understood.
- Assistive Technology and AAC Tips, Apps and Guides – CALL Scotland.
- Assistive Technology Blog.
- Understood – Finding AT for students with disabilities.
- Understood – Tech Finder tool – expert-approved apps and games for children with learning and attention issues.
- Assistive Technology: Finding the Right Resources for All Students – Getting Smart.
- How to Teach Students With Dyslexia to Use Assistive Technology – Homeschooling with Dyslexia.
- How to Use Alexa (Amazon Echo) Devices in the Classroom – Cool Cat Teacher.
- Technology and Autism – Autism Speaks.
- Paths to Technology – Perkins eLearning – Educators, families, and students can share information about technology for students with visual impairments and blindness.
- These apps help defeat barriers and keep you on the road – Yomi S. Wrong – LA Times.
- Assistive Technology Apps: A Guide to Educational Apps for Students with Special Needs – Summit DD Board.
- OT’s with Apps & Technology – The OT eTool Kit resource – review of apps and other technologies for OT’s working with children and adults.
- AppleVis – A community-powered website for blind and low-vision users of Apple’s range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Apple Watch. Tons of resources, lists, and reviews. Link to apps resource page…
- Bridging Apps website – Easter Seals of Greater Houston – lots of information plus lists.
- Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything.
- Applications (Apps) for Speech-Language Pathology Practice from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
The Maine CITE Program offers this website to help people find and get the AT they need and want. This is part of the public service mission of the University of Maine System. Maine CITE does not endorse any of the devices or applications listed on this site. It is the sole responsibility of the users of this site to check out the devices and applications listed. Maine CITE is not responsible for users’ actions or in-actions, is not involved in the transactions between users and vendors, and has no control over and does not guarantee the suitability, fitness, condition, quality, safety or legality of devices or applications listed, or the accuracy of any information posted.
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Reviews. Revised, updated: 01/24/2022 – jeb