Writing Apps and Software

Free/Low Cost AT for Writing

Wordspeller SpellEZ Dictionary


  • Phonetic dictionary
  • Provides brief definitions
  • Words are cross-referenced by sounds and similarity with other words

Cost: $1.99

Compatibility: iOS and Android

Co: Writer Universal


  • Uses grammar-smart and vocabulary-smart word prediction, translation support, and speech recognition to help unstick ideas and get them to flow in writing.
  • 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
  • For more information contact Jennifer Loucks, Educational Support Specialist, at 800/999-4660 ext. 596 or jloucks@donjohnston.com

Cost: Free trial and $4.99/month

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; iPod touch



  • Increase your keyboard or text input system size to 114% the normal size and increase ease of sight using this QWERTY keyboard
  • State-of-the-art system powerful enough for individuals who are blind or low vision to use by not needing to look at the screen to type
  • Powerful word prediction system and autocorrect system edits your text without the need to even see the keyboard

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android

Ginger Grammar Checker & Spell Checker


  • 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)

Cost: Free; Premium $9.99-$29.96/month

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Chrome and Safari Extension



  • Eliminate writing mistakes and contextual errors, spelling errors, and poor vocabulary usage
  • Find the right word you are looking for with synonym suggestions
  • Learn from your mistakes to avoid them in the future
  • Grammarly works anywhere your Chrome browser is used including e-mails, essays, social media posts and more

Cost: Free; Premium $12.00/month (billed annually)

Compatibility: Chrome Extension

Hemingway Editor


  • Assists with writing clarity, passive voice editing, and readability
  • Displays how many words typed
  • Available in the web browser and as a desktop application

Cost: Free for web browser; $19.99 for desktop application

Compatibility: Windows or Mac



  • Context-based word prediction tool; including homonyms
  • Make your own custom abbreviation to simplify 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

Cost: $20.99-$24.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad



  • 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
  • Use Dropbox to sync your snippets across devices

Cost: $3.33

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone

Typ-O HD


  • 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

Cost: $11.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Voice Dream Writer


  • 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

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Word Bank Universal


  • Assists with developing a vocabulary for writing by creating a word back highlighting most used words in larger fonts
  • HIghlights important people, places, a timeline, and numbers from web pages or articles
  • Available text-to-speech
  • Searchable content

Cost: $3.99

Compatibility: Online Resource

Writing Challenge


  • Offers topic suggestions for writing
  • Turns writing into interactive games
  • Writing templates
  • Group writing features


Compatibility: iOS, Mac, Windows, Android, Kindle

Writing Prompts


  • Assist with writer’s block
  • Offers writing prompts based on news, scenes, sketches, texts, and words
  • App works on and offline


Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, Android or Kindle

Written Kitten


  • Encourages words typed by showing a picture of a kitten for every 100 words typed
  • The images displayed can be adjusted per user preference

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Online Resource