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Price
Features
Internet Reliance
OS Compatibility
Optimized Use
Streamer

Free trial, $/month subscription

Captioning, Note-taking, Translation into almost any language, Streaming, and Speech generation; encrypted protocol for private information

Yes

Windows, Mac, Chrome

Meetings, conferences and communication needs for personal, professional, and school use

MathType

$, Free Trial

Select equations from menu

No

Windows, Mac, Chrome

Installed in Google Docs

OneNote Equation

$$

Select and draw equations

Yes

Windows, Mac

Mobi 3

$$$$

Tablet with various tools, including picture library, ability to make phone calls with synthetic text, and home appliance control

No

Windows

Allora 2

$$$$

Personal keypad with text screen and text-to-speech software, allowing typing phrases to be spoken by the tool. 

No

N/A

GoTalk

$$$$

Phone app with selectable pictures, requests, and directions 

No

iOS

Augmentive Picture Books

$$

Physical bag with velcro or pockets and cards with pictures for making requests 

No

N/A

Proloquo2Go

$$$$

Phone app with selectable pictures, requests, and directions 

No

iOS

TobiiDynavox

$$$$

Tablet device; uses touch-pad and eye tracking to receive input from users and generate speech.

No

N/A

Only available by referral

Microsoft Translate

$$, Free Trial

Part of Microsoft Cognitive Services, conducts real time translation of speech and text on websites, programs, dictated information, or given document

Yes

Mac, Windows, Chrome

All purpose, versatile

PowerPoint

$$

Present live captioning and subtitles in power point slides. Customization of caption style and automatic, real-time captions in 12 spoken languages

Yes

Windows, Mac, Chrome

Professional presentations, accessibility compliance

Rocket Book

$$$

Smart notebook that uploads notes online, can scan, send directly as email, and is searchable

Yes

Any

Sync between different online systems, easy transcription, scanning and email

Read and Write for Chrome

$$$

Suite of many features and technologies.

Yes

Chrome

Reading documents in Google platforms, including Google Docs and Google Classroom.

Popplet

$

Easily create colorful maps made of text boxes and link together

Yes

Web, iOS

Organization of information, flexible for all ages

Search Engine Autocomplete

Free

A basic feature of most search engines such as Google. Press space bar after a target word or phrase to see list of commonly associated topics based on internet searches. Does not provide definitions.

Yes

Any browser

Basic internet proficiency required. Tends to give generic results. Adult filtering recommended. 

Question Analyzer

$$

Returns a list of commonly asked questions about a target word or phrase. 

Yes

Any browser

Uses internet trend data. Good for modern topics or public knowledge. Simple interface.

AnswerThePublic

Free

Generates list of questions sorted into questions, associations, and comparisons based on target word or phrase. Clicking on any question will start a google search. Presented as visual map or list. 

Yes

Any browser

Large volume of results, not intuitive for children. Good for developing an established topic for highschoolers and above. 

Moz

Free, $$

Generates phrases related to input phrases based on internet searches. Adds questions, common searches, or similar topics. Provides links.

Yes

Any browser

Adults. Needs to be taught; not intuitive for children. Helps refine search terms; find better keywords. 

DiY

Free

PDF with examples and lists of ways to invert and innovate existing concepts. 

No

PDF

When topic is not known or vague. Doesn't use keywords.

Portent Idea Generator

Free

Often returns pop-culture. Generates random opinions or ways of tackling a target idea. Accepts phrases and single words. 

Yes

Any browser

For when a topic is already known, choosing an attitude, stance, or approach to the topic. Often gives silly answers. Not good for research. 

Word Association Network

Free

Generates massive list based on a single word, sorted by verbs, nouns, and adjectives. Cannot filter to reduce volume. Large database, accepts most words. Provides pictures, definitions of target word. Words listed by relevance. 

Yes

All browsers

Research and writing with keywords. Older students, advanced students. Provides high volume of data to search through. Doesn't generate repeat words.

Word Storm

Free

Creates a map of related words to a target. Closer words are more relevant. Can click on any word to create a new search about that target. Exportable as picture. 

Yes

Any browser, requires flash

General or simple writing assignments. Visually easy to use. Single words only. Database limited, often won't accept complex or unusual words.

Essay Jack

$/month (single license), $$$/month (bulk for classrooms)

Sentence starting prompts, database of simple writing tips, example/model statements and essays; collaboration and online group editing, shared reviewing

Yes

Any web browser

Grade 8 to university; peer to peer reviewing and sharing

Scanning Pens

$$$

Pocket-sized 

Reads text aloud in English, Spanish or French

No

Windows, Mac

Mechanical Mouse

$

Can be wired or wireless; available at most general stores 

No

N/A

Wheelchair

Consult a doctor or physiotherapist when purchasing a wheelchair

Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) HAL-5 Suit

$$$$

Used in rehab sessions, not meant for public use.

Helps to reteach the brain how to move limbs and torso after traumatic injury.

ReWalk Rehabilitation Walking Rehabilitation

$$$$

Used in rehab sessions, not meant for public use.

Helps adjust center of gravity and gait during rehabilitation activities

ReWalk Personal 6.0 Walking Assistant

$$$$

100m

10mins

(On flat ground)

To assist users who have very limited to no use of their legs with walking.

Oxford Picture Dictioary

$$$

No

All

13 bilingual versions; website or app

Adobe Scan

Free

App for devices

All

Microsoft Lens

Free

App for devices

Windows, MAC

TreeSize

Free

Clickable files similar to windows displays hard drive in branching trees

Yes

Windows

BumpTop

Free

Creates a virtual desk surface; software is no longer being developed but can still be downloaded

No

Windows, iOS

Intended for touch screens

Drop Box

Free, $

2GB of storage free

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

iCloud Drive

Free, $

5GB of storage free, more to pay; online editing

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS

Integrated into Apple Products

Google Drive

Free, $

15GB of storage free, more to pay; online editing

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome

Multi-user Collaboration.

Integrates with Google Classroom

Box

Free, $

10GB of storage, more to pay

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

Compatible with other programs

Microsoft One Drive

Free, $

5GB of storage free, more to pay; online editing

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

Multi-user Collaboration

Cram

Free

Share custom made flash cards through Google Drive or print out cards

No

Any browser

Paper Card

$

No

N/A

When printing / physical cards are preferred

Microsoft Word

$$

No

Mac, Windows, Chrome

As part of office 365 suite

MapFactor

Free

Voice controlled, voice directions

Yes

Android, iOS, Windows

App for phone / tablet

Google Maps

Free

Voice controlled, voice directions

No

All

Desktop (website) or app (phone / tablet)

Waze

Free

Voice controlled, voice directions

Yes

Android, iOS, Windows

App for phone / tablet

To Doist

$

Yes

iOS, Android

Any ToDo

$

Yes

iOS, Android

Google Keep

Free

Yes

iOS, Android, Windows, Chrome

For Android and Windows users

Apple Reminders

Free

Yes

iOS

For iPhone users

Microsoft Outlook

Free with Office 365

Share events with other users, sync between multiple devices

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

Sync with Microsoft products; ideal for office work

Apple Calendar

Free

Sync between multiple devices

Yes

Mac, iOS

Sync with all apple devices; ideal for personal work 

Google Calendar

Free

Share events with other users, sync between multiple devices

Yes

Windows, iOS, Mac, Chrome, Android

Sync with gmail and all google accounts; ideal for personal or classrooms

Paper Agenda

$

Various sizes of paper agendas; hardback and paperback

No

N/A

Personal organization and planning, cheap

Crayola

$

Wide range of color options for pens, pencils, markers, crayons

No

N/A

Incompete

Fre

Generate custom free graph paper through website

Yes

All browsers

Hand written graphing assignments; unique grid displays

iPad

$$$-$$$$

Digitizer for iPad tablet

No

Mac / iOS

Hybrid between laptop and phone, good for sharing and multiple users

Google Pay

Free

Yes

All browsers

Tracks all spending linked to google account; can connect debit and banks transactions

Mint

Free

Can connect different credit cards, banks, spending patterns into one central app

No

iOS, Android, Windows

Personal spending and budgeting

Apple Pay

Free

App which tracks spending, savings

No

iOS

Personal spending and budgeting

Khan Academy

Free; by donation

Thousands of math problems sorted by grades 1-8

Yes

All

Prodigy

Free

1200 math skills for grades 1-8 with classroom student tracking and feedback

Yes

All

Classroom

IXL

Free

Website features hundreds of math problems for each grade from K to 12

Yes

All

Home practice

Dragon

$$-$$$

One of the most advanced voice recognition software on the market

Windows

Easily compatible with external programs such as Microsoft Office, major browsers and social media services. Highly practical.

Phillips Voice Tracer

$$$

Handheld device

No

N/A

Personal dictation, 360 sensitivity for group meetings and multiple speakers

Keyboarding Without Tears

$-$$

Levels sorted by grade level, very child friendly progression through levels

No

All

Early keyboarding practice, grades K-5

CoWriter

$, Subscription

Includes translation and speech recognition

Yes

Chrome Plugin

Word Talk

Free

Speak incorrect words outloud and correct them

No

Windows

Word plugin

vBookz

$

16 languages, interactive cursor for readers to control generated speech and rate, small size optimized for mobile devices

No

iOS, Mac

PDFs on mobile devices

Read and Write

$$ (personal copy)
$ School or subscription

Highlight and comment on text and documents 

No

All

Suite of products, includes Text to Speech, Word Prediction, Personal Dictionary, many other features

iAnnotate

$

App that add notes and comments to documents, PDFs, excel, images, excels, and web pages

No

iOS, Mac

Personal mobile devices

Kami

$/year

Browser plugin, can highlight, paste notes, text, images, underline on PDFs and text documents

Yes

All

Classrooms and schools; purchase per year supports 150 students

Acapela Voice

$

Over 100 synthetic voices in 30 languages

No

Mac, Windows, iOS, Android

Mac iOS Voices

Free

Mac products come with default voices

No

Mac, iOS

Microsoft Voices

Free

Microsoft products come with default voices

No

Windows

NextUp

$

Variety of different voices and accents in many languages

No

Windows

Desktop and laptops

Tumble Books

Subscription, $$$/year

1100 books for grades K-6, multiple languages, supplementary quizzes, lesson ideas and videos

Download, Cloud

School age children

Onyx Boox

$$$$

Anywhere

Rescue Time

Free to $$$

Set daily goals. Receive a productivity score. 

Mac
Windows
Android
Linux

Dasung E-Ink Paperlike Pro

$$$$

Multiple display modes
Easy setup

No

Windows
Mac
IOS

Outdoor environments
High glare situations

Barnes & Noble Nook Glowlight 3

$$$

Night-mode
Physical page turn buttons
Strong battery life

No

Windows
​Mac

Anywhere

Kobo Clara HD

$$$

Colour changing front light
Strong battery life

No

Windows
Mac

Anywhere

Amazon Kindle Oasis

$$$

Waterproof
Support for audiobooks
Uses Amazon e-book store

Yes

Windows
Mac

Anywhere

Amazon Kindle

$$$

No Backlight
Uses Amazon e-book store

Yes

Windows
Mac

Well-lit room

Focus At Will

Free to $$$

Yes

Windows

Mac

iOS

Android

Chrome

Use with headphones

Spotify

Free to $$$

No

Windows

Mac

iOS

Android

Chrome

Brain.fm

Free to $

No

Windows

Mac

iOS

Android

Use with headphones

Noisli

Free to $$

Yes

Windows

Mac

iOS

Android

Chrome

One Focus

$$

Mac

All browsers

Waste No Time

Free

Website and app blocker.

Windows
Mac

Chrome and Safari

Focal Filter

Free

Windows

All browsers

Freedom

$$

Website and app blocker. Blocked list is synchronized between devices.

Mac

Windows

iOS

Android

All browsers

Stay Focused

Free

Can be a complete block or timed limit

Mac

Windows

Linux

Chrome

Qustodio

$$$

Controlled by parents

iOS

Windows

Android

Mac

Kindle

Nook

Limitly Screen Time Control

Free

Controlled by parents

Android

Screen Limit

Free to $$$

Can be synchronized between multiple devices. Controlled by parents.

iOS

Windows

Android

Mac

Time Doctor

$$$

Controlled by students or parents

iOS

Windows

Android

Mac

iOS 12

Free

Controlled by students

iOS

Gyrobi

$

N/A

N/A

Fidget Foot Band

$

N/A

N/A

Must be tied to a chair

Thinking Putty

$

N/A

N/A

Fidget Puzzle

$

N/A

N/A

Stress Ball

$$

N/A

N/A

Sony WH-1000XM2

$$$$

10 hours of play.

N/A

N/A

Wireless.

AKG N60NC Wireless

$$$$

15 hours of play.

N/A

N/A

Wireless. Compactable, travel friendly.

Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

$$$

20 hours of play.

N/A

N/A

Wireless. Headband lacks padding. May be uncomfortable for long term use.

Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2

$$$$

20 hours of play.

N/A

N/A

Wireless. Styling may not be comfortable for everyone. Should try on before purchasing.

Bose Quiet Comfort 2015

$$$$

20 hours of play.

N/A

N/A

Not wireless.

No Products Available

Currently we have no specific product examples. This may be because the technology is very new, there are far too many products to provide a concise list (e.g. laptops), or it doesn't make sense to list (e.g. carbon paper)

ReWalk Personal 6.0 Walking Assistant

$$$$

Legs, 

100m

10mins

(On flat ground)

N/A

N/A

To assist users who have very limited to no use of their legs with walking.

ReWalk Rehabilitation Walking

$$$$

Legs

Used in rehab sessions, not meant for public use.

N/A

N/A

Helps adjust center of gravity and gait during rehabilitation activities

Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) HAL-5 Suit

$$$$

Arms, Torso, Legs
Used in rehab sessions, not meant for public use.

N/A

N/A

Helps to reteach the brain how to move limbs and torso after traumatic injury.

Microsoft OneNote

$$, Subscription

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome

Microsoft OneNote

$$, Subscription

Allows users to create and save custom writing templates.

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome

Classrooms. Teachers create templates for student use.

Microsoft OneNote

$$, Subscription

Built into a word processor, optimal for drafting documents.

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome

Microsoft OneNote

$$, Subscription

Capture a digital note and annotate with free-form drawing tool, sticky notes, text; can add music, sounds, images and basically anything else to notes

No

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome

Alongside other Microsoft software (Word, Excel, etc)

Microsoft OneNote

$$, Subscription

Takes texts from locked images and pulls them into a separate viewing window. Original text formatting is not preserved.

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome

Text documents with little to no spatial elements/formatting (e.g. a shopping list).

Microsoft OneNote

$$, Subscription

High voice quality available. Cloud sharing available.

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome

Reading documents.

ScanSnap SV600

$$$$

Book, Single Sided

Windows, MAC

Scanmarker Air Pen Scanner

$$$$

Pen, Single Sided

Windows, MAC

IRIScan Book 5 WiFi

$$$$

Wand, Single Sided

Windows, MAC

ScanSnap iX500 Color Duplex Desk

$$$$

Feed, Double Sided

Windows, MAC

Brother ImageCenter ADS-3600W

$$$$

Flatbed Scanner, Single Sided

Windows, MAC

Cubing

Students are asked to consider a topic from multiple different perspectives. Students are given a cube with different activities on each side and roll the cube 2-4 times to complete each activity. 

About-Point

This summarizing strategy allows students to organize their writing based on the main idea and supporting details.

Reading

TOWER + EDITS

Acronym: Think, Organize, Write, Edit, Rewrite, and Embellish, Delete, Insert corrections, Tally progress, Submit grading

Progress monitoring and metacognition

Four Square Writing

A rectangle is drawn and divided into four smaller rectangles of equal size. In the centre of the shape an additional rectangle is drawn, making a total of 5 rectangles. Students are required to write the topic sentence in the middle rectangle, three supporting sentences in the other rectangles, and finally a summary sentence in the bottom right rectangle.

This technique is used for individual paragraphs.

Clicker Docs

$$

Customizable word list

No

iOS, Mac, Windows, Chrome

App can be modified for each individual’s needs

Docs Plus

$$$$

Customizable word list

No

iOS, Mac, Windows, Chrome

Use topic-specific dictionaries for projects

Co:Writer Universal

$, Subscription

Customizable word list

Yes

iOS, Mac, Windows, Chrome, Android

Use topic-specific dictionaries for projects

Word Q

$$$-$$$$

Customizable word list

No

iOS, Mac, Windows, Chrome

iPad features are limited, best on Mac or Windows PCs

Google Docs

Free

Yes

Chrome

Cloud computing

Microsoft 365

$$, Subscription

Yes

Chrome

Cloud computing

Pages

Free

No

Mac

Local hard drive

Microsoft Word

$$$

No

Windows, Mac

Local hard drive

Infogalactic

Free

Yes

All browsers

Subject specific information

Wikia

Free

Yes

All browsers

Pop-culture and gaming news

Encyclopedia Britannica

Free

Yes

All browsers

Encyclopedia

Wikipedia

Free

Yes

All browsers

Encyclopedia

Doppel

$$$

Vibrations simulate heartbeat to function as mood regulator

No

N/A

Spire

$$$

Measures breathing and heart rate; alerts during periods of high stress

No

N/A

Thync

$$$$

Can be activated to encourage mood to a “relaxing” state or “heightened” state

No

N/A

Watchminder

$$

Delivers mild, silent vibration and text message at period times throughout day

No

N/A

Apple Watch

$$$

Monitors various bodily signals relating to fitness: heart rate, blood pressure; can set goals, signal thresholds

No

N/A

Pilot Translation App

$$$

Yes

Mobile devices, pending 2018

Ear pieces for conversation or lecture dyads; language learning app works independently on mobile devices and computers

Google Translate

Free

No

Android

Mobile devices and computers

iTranslate Converse

Free

No

iOS

Iphone, Apple watch

BrailleTranslate.org

Free

Yes

Any browser

Short Texts or Phrases

Robobraille.org

Free

Yes

Any browser

Short Texts or Documents

Jaws

$$$$

Mathematics and technical braille, converts formatted text

No

Windows, Mac

Short and long texts, web pages, any on screen content

DBT Duxbury

$$$$

Mathematics and technical braille, converts formatted text

No

Windows, Mac

Short and long texts, web pages, any on screen content

Hal Screen Reader

$$$$

Mathematics and technical braille, converts formatted text

No

Windows

Short and long texts, web pages, any on screen content

Ectaco

$$$

No

N/A

For short phrases; travel communication; spoken or text input, spoken and text output

Premier Literacy

$$$$

No

Windows, iOS, Mac, Chrome

Literacy Productivity

Read and Write Gold

$$$

Suite of many features and technologies

No

Windows, Mac, iOS

Support independent student research

Widgit Go

$$$

No

iOS

English, French, Spanish

Widgit Online

$$$, Subscription

Yes

All browsers

Pixwriter

$$$

No

Windows, Mac, iOS, Chrome

English, Spanish

Clicker5

$$$$

No

Windows, iOS

Symwriter 2

$$$

No

Windows

English, French

Premier Assistive

$$$$

No

Mac, Windows, Chrome

Reading – Advanced OCR and TTS

WYNN

$$$$

No

Mac, iOS

Reading – Study tool, TTS and OCR.

Read and Write Gold

$$$$

No

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome

Reading and Writing – Limited capacity with PDFs

Kurzweil

$$$

Suite of many products

No

Windows, Mac, iOS

Easy to use, wide range of tools, great highlighting function.

Mindomo

Free, $$$, Subscription

No

Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome, iOS,

Has an outline function built in

Inspiration / Kidspiration

$$-$$$

No

Windows, Mac, iOS

Has both templates for typical writing tasks and an outline function

Microsoft Word

$$$-$$$$

No

Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome, iOS, Android

Using bullets can be used to create an outline and templates can be downloaded online

Draft Builder

$$$

No

Windows, Mac, Chrome

Breaks the writing process into three manageable steps

Google Sheets

Free

Available for mobile

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Chrome

Collaborative spreadsheet

Numbers

Free

Available for mobile

No

Mac, iOS

Spreadsheet App

Microsoft Excel

Free, $$-$$$

Available for mobile

No

Windows, Mac, iOS, Chrome

Electronic graphing and data input tool

Zoho Sheet

Free, $

Available for mobile

No

Windows, Mac, iOS, Chrome

Cloud based collaborative spreadsheet

Digital Modulation (DM) System

$$$$

Achieves the same purpose as FM systems, but uses digital rather than analog radio waves to transmit sound. Improved sound quality, higher intelligibility, reduced noise and a shorter delay between message transmission and reception.

Dynamic Personal FM System

$$$$

Rather than receiving a fixed FM amplification , this device is sensitive to the noise level in classrooms and adjusts the individual’s FM in response. This allows for adaptability to changing noise levels.

Desktop FM System Receiver

$$$$

Listeners receive the auditory signal through a compact device that can be worn. Typically used for children with APD who do not use a hearing aid or cochlear implant.

Personal FM System Receiver

$$$$

Listeners receive the auditory signal directly to their personal hearing aid or cochlear implant processor.

Dynamic Soundfield Amplification System

$$$$

Classroom Sound Field Amplification System

$$$$

iPhone 6

$$$

16+ GB, 4.7" screen, average camera, 720x1334 resolution, 7.5 hours constant use of battery

Some features

iOS 8

Vodaphone Smart V8

$$

32+ GB, 5.5" screen, Good camera, 1920x1080 resolution, 1 day moderate use of battery

Some features

Android 7

Lenovo 2

$$

16+ GB, 5.5" screen, average camera, 1920x1080 resolution, 3 days moderate use of battery

Some features

Android 6

Redmi Note 3

$$

16+ GB, 5.5" screen, Poor camera, 1920x1080 resolution, 1 day moderate use of battery

Some features

Modified Android

Samsung Note 8

$$$$

64+ GB, 5.8" screen, Excellent camera, 2960x1440 resolution, 9.5 hours constant battery use

Some features

Android 8

Pixel 2

$$$

64+ GB, 5.0" screen, Excellent camera, 1920x1080 resolution, 9 hours of constant battery use

Some features

Android 8

iPhone X

$$$$

64+ GB, 5.8" screen, Excellent camera, 2436x1125 resolution, 2 days moderate use of battery

Some features

iOS 11

Lumia 640

$$

16+ GB, 5.0" screen, average camera, 720x1280 resolution, 30 hours constant use of battery

Some features

Windows 8.1

MAGic

$$$$

Up to 60x, font smoothing, text to speech upgrade option, integrated color contrast

No

Windows

Zoomtext Magnifier

$$$$

Up to 36x, font smoothing, text to speech upgrade option, integrated color contrast

No

Windows, Mac

Windows Magnifier

Free

Up to 4x, Separate function text to speech and color contrast

No

Windows

MAC Zoom

Free

Up to 40x, Separate function text to speech and color contrast

No

Mac

Online Utility

Free

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome

Identifying difficult words, to help instructors prepare texts

Simplish

Free

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome

Poor simplification but creates list of difficult word definitions

Rewordify

Free

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome

Decode short passages and highlight changes

Simple English Wikipedia

Free

Yes

Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome

Personal Research

Optically Controlled inferace

See our page on Eye Gaze Systems

Head-Controlled Interface

A head-mounted camera may be used as an alternative pointing device for people with limited hand/arm movement and control

Mouse Pen

Allows the user to hold a pen-shaped device in their hand and use it to move around the device screen.

Touchscreen

Touchscreens are very commonly available and allow users to interact with their device by touching the screen where they would like to interact with the device.

Trackpad

Trackpads are rectangular sections typically found on laptops and are touch-sensitive, allowing the user to use their fingers to move a cursor around a computer screen.

Trackball

See our page on trackballs

Joystick

See our page on joysticks

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