The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Writing Support.

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Ginger Grammar Checker and Spell Checker

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  • 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:  http://www.gingersoftware.com/
  • Cost: Free; Premium $5.10- $11.20/Month
  • Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Chrome and Safari Extension


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  • Online Contextual and phonetic spell checker along with grammar and punctuation checker
  • Copy text into web page and program will check your grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • More Information: http://www.ghotit.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource

Voice Dream Writer

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  • 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: http://www.voicedream.com/writer/
  • Cost: 9.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


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  • 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: http://donjohnston.com/cowriterapp
  • Cost: $19.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, Ipod touch


link to i word q
  • 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: http://www.goqsoftware.com/iwordq/
  • Cost: $24.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPad touch

Typ-O HD

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  • 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: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/typ-o-hd-writing-is-for-everybody!/id372971659?mt=8
  • Cost: $14.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPad touch


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  • 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: http://smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/
  • Cost: $4.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPad touch


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  • Program auto-completes words as you type fostering faster typing
  • Have your spelling mistakes corrected before they happen
  • Integrates within most programs including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Gmail, Facebook and more
  • Translation features to insure you are choosing the correct word while you type along with dictionaries to support vocabulary 
  • More Information: http://www.etype.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows