Resources for Supporting Learners with Disabilities
This page contains a curated list of special education resources and edtech products to support learners with disabilities in a distance learning context.
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About Special Education Resources
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- Apple: iPad or iPhone
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- Google: G Suite
- Microsoft: Office
- Microsoft: Windows
Before trying a new tool or product, consider how you can provide individualized supports and accommodations for the products you are already using and that students are familiar with. Chunking directions into smaller steps or providing sentence starters could be simple ways to support students without introducing a new tool. Also, check out the products your district has already vetted and purchased, and if those do not meet your needs, then please feel free to explore this library.
In addition to built-in accessibility features and basic support strategies, there are numerous edtech products designed to support learners with disabilities. Many of the resources in this library require an adult for support and should not be used independently. Some are free, have a limited free trial, or are for purchase. All products in this library meet robust student privacy criteria. This list focuses on learning products and does not include data management tools or packaged curriculum materials.
*Please note that the tags for categories of disability under IDEA are based on product descriptions. These products have not been thoroughly vetted by Digital Promise staff from a learning or efficacy perspective.
CAST UDL Book Builder
Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.
Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.
iStation Reading Curriculum and Assessments
Powered by the science of reading, iStation’s engaging assessments and instruction cover the National Reading Panel’s “Big Five” foundational essentials. Schools get the support they need to improve comprehension and growth with activities and lessons that provide actionable and insightful data that measures phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary, as well as many other skills.
The first free iPad app that helps kids with dyslexia and dysgraphia do math. Like the original version, you can still use the touchscreen and keypad to set up and solve math problems without ever picking up a pencil. But in addition to basic math problems, Mod Math now handles complex algebraic equations too—from multiplication and long division to variables and quadratic equations.
My PlayHome is a doll house for the iGeneration. Massively interactive, your kids can explore and use everything in the house. The characters eat, sleep, shower, brush their teeth and more. Want the room to be darker? Close the drapes! Fancy a change in music? Pop a different CD into the stereo!
Rewordify.com helps with reading comprehension and vocabulary development by simplifying English to a lower reading level. It lets you reword a sentence or reword a paragraph. It will simplify English by reducing text complexity. It’s a dictionary alternative that will improve comprehension and teach vocabulary. It’s an important part of reading instruction and vocabulary instruction for ESL students, people with reading disabilities, people with a learning disability, or anyone who wants to improve reading skill.
Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects.
Skill Champ uses your interactive, customized lessons to teach early learners new skills! Combine any of the 10 early academic lessons with your student’s favorite theme to create engaging lessons – use sailboats to teach numbers or train signs to teach colors!
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) designed to help students communicate. Students select and press images on the board to prompt a verbal message.