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Contributed by Erin Swann, MSE, ATP


It’s mid-August already, which means that the new school year is just around the corner!

In preparing to go back to school, take some time to select a few apps that will make your life easier.  Below are 11 app suggestions for college students with disabilities.  And feel free to share these apps with any college student, because they are useful to students without disabilities as well!


App Name Cost Category Platform Description

my study life app icon

Free Schedule






-Keep track of classes, exams, assignments, tasks

-Get reminders




NaturalReader Pro

natural reader app icon



Reading iOS




-Text to speech (PDFs, Word Documents, eBooks, webpages)


-Text to audio file

VoiceDream Reader

voice dream reader app icon

$14.99 Reading


iOS -Text to speech (PDFs, Word Documents, eBooks, webpages)


-Change text size/color

-Take notes

Voice Dream Writer

voice dream writer app icon

$9.99 Writing iOS -Voice dictation

-Text to speech for proofreading

-Phonetic search

-Meaning search

-Easy outline organization

Fleksy Keyboard

fleksy keyboard app icon

Free Writing iOS


-Number row extension

-One-handed typing extension

-Editing gestures for faster writing

-Auto correct

-Supports 42 languages


ideament app icon







-Switch between mind map and outline views

-Create mind maps, concept maps, flow charts

-Cloud saving/sharing

MindMeister (Mind Mapping)

mind meister app icon

For Students:










-Create mind maps

-Real-time collaboration

-Converts mind maps into presentations


quizlet app icon



Studying iOS




-Pre-made study sets

-Create study sets

-Create flashcards

-Learning games

-Study reminders


iannotate app icon

$9.99 Notetaking


iOS -Add notes with pen, highlighter, typewriter

-Works with PDF, DOC, XLS, PPT, IMAGE, WEB

-Access documents in the cloud


evernote app icon










-Save and organize notes

-Sync between devices

-Forward emails to notes

-Search PDFs and Docs


audio note app icon



Notetaking iOS




-Import slides or PDFs to annotate

-Record audio and add notes later



Maryland ABLE Information Webinar & FAQs

Friday March 10, 2017, 11am – Noon

 Topics to be covered include:

  • Understanding the basics of the Maryland ABLE Program 
  • Learning more about where Maryland is in the implementation process 
  • Understanding how federal policies affect Maryland ABLE
  • FAQs as identified from the statewide ABLE Listening Sessions


This webinar will be recorded and archived.


ABLE Webinar Registration is free but limited to 100 participants. Live captioning will be provided for this session.

Maryland ABLE is looking for your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey on features and benefits that you would like to see included in the Maryland ABLE accounts!

Join us for Maryland ABLE Program Listening Sessions


More sessions announced!

  • Understand the basics of the Maryland ABLE Program 
  • Learn more about where Maryland is in the implementation process 
  • Understand how federal policies affect Maryland ABLE
  • Provide feedback on your needs to ensure a responsive and successful program
  • Bring your questions for the implementation team


Baltimore Session: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
4:00-5:30 pm 
Workforce Technology Center 2301 
Argonne Drive Baltimore, MD 21218 
Register to attend the Baltimore session here 

Salisbury Session: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
4:00-5:30 pm 
Dove Pointe 
1225 Mt. Hermon Rd 
Salisbury, MD 21804
Register to attend the Salisbury session here 

Beltsville Session: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017
12:00 pm-1:30pm
Compass, Inc. 
12400 Kiln Court, Suite-A 
Beltsville, MD 20705
Register to attend the Beltsville session here  
La Plata Session: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 
6:30-8:00 pm 
Spring Dell 
6040 Radio Station Road
La Plata, MD 20646
Register the La Plata session here   
Frederick Session: 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 
The Arc Frederick County 
555 South Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Register to attend the Frederick session here 

Please email accommodation requests to Carrie McGraw at carrie.mcgraw@maryland.gov or call 410.767.3660 at least seven days prior to scheduled session.  You can also attend virtually! The Baltimore town hall will be live streamed on social media with an opportunity to email questions and feedback after the event.  No registration required for this option. More information to come!

ABLE National Resource Center Publishes Accomplishments and Outcomes Report 

As we embark on the 2nd anniversary of the signing on the Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) would like to take a moment to reflect on the tremendous amount of work that has been dedicated to the implementation of this transformative law and of the contributions made by the Center and its supporters.

With the aim of providing individuals with disabilities, their families and all other ABLE-related stakeholders with objective information and reliable technical assistance, the Center was developed just weeks after the ABLE Act was signed into law. Led by National Disability Institute (NDI), and supported by more than 25 of the country’s most prominent national disability-related advocacy organizations, the Center quickly established its expertise by convening the greater disability community, federal agencies, financial institutions and potential ABLE program administrators.

Over these past two years, the Center has led conversations with federal regulators, including the Department of Treasury, to assist in the development of their proposed rules and regulations; worked with individual states across the country to pass more than 45 ABLE-related pieces of legislation; held monthly ANRC meetings among the disability community; launched the country’s most comprehensive and interactive ABLE-related website; reached thousands through its bi-monthly webinars; presented at various national conferences about the benefits of the ABLE Act; and much more.

With 2016 marking the launch of the nation’s first ABLE programs, and 2017 promising to significantly increase the number of options for beneficiaries, the Center could not be more enthusiastic about the opportunities that lie ahead for people with disabilities, and their families, in their ability to save for a brighter future.

The Center is extremely grateful to our generous financial supporters: Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, First National Bank and Intuition ABLE Solutions, and looks forward to another successful year.

Additionally, the Center would like to thank both Catherine and Natalie Beck and Alex Ghenis for sharing their experience as ABLE account owners.

We invite you to read more about the Center’s accomplishments, many of which you have all contributed to, by reading our Accomplishments and Outcomes Report.

For information on how to be more involved with the Center, please contact Chris Rodriguez at crodriguez@ndi-inc.org.

The NFB Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access (CENA) to Education, Public Information, and Commerce, with support from the Maryland Department of Disabilities through a Non-Visual Access Initiative Grant, is pleased to offer the following Accessibility Boutiques (introductions to accessibility) free of charge and open to the public. The boutiques are held in person at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute.

Amazon Accessibility

Thursday, March 9, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

The Amazon ecosystem is ever increasing its sway, but how accessible are all these various connected devices? This session will cover the various Kindles and Amazon’s living room devices (Echo, Fire TV) and will cover the improvements, standouts and gaps in accessibility.

If you are interested in attending any of these boutiques, please RSVP to cvangerven@nfb.org. Space is limited.

200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place Baltimore, MD 21230 United States

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