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Disability Services resources

Digital Resources, Assistive Technology, and Apps

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Assistive technology, note-taking and organization

Read&Write: Read&Write is a software toolbar that supports students as they read and write, along with studying, learning, and comprehending. Read&Write provides users with the ability to use this toolbar within the educational and course content places where students are working every day such as: our LMS Canvas Websites, Word documents, and ePub files. The Read&Write toolbar consists of more than 20 different tools making it so a student can hear text read out loud, highlight and collect highlights into a document, define works, simplify content, create audio files of readings, dictation and other tools commonly used by college students. With Read&Write comes access to a PDF Reader called OrbitNote. OrbitNote gives students the ability to use the same tools within Read&Write but gives access to them with PDF files. Students can use the same 20 tools but also have access to annotation tools and others, allowing for increased engagement with PDF files.  See Anne McPherson for a license.

Glean: Powerful notetaking apps for in-person and online classes. See Anne McPherson details on obtaining a license.

Apple Accessibility

Microsoft Accessibility

Microsoft Dictate: Dictation lets you use speech-to-text to author content in Office with a microphone and reliable internet connection. Use your voice to quickly create documents, emails, notes, presentations, or even slide notes.

Microsoft OneNote:  All SC4 students have access to Office 365, including OneNote, a robust program for organization, notes, recordings, and more.

OtterAi: Generate rich notes for lectures and other important voice conversations with Otter, an AI-powered assistant. The basic, free plan is easy to use on mobile devices and computers.

Remember the Milk: Offers a smart to-do system. Available in a free or upgraded version.

Evernote: Evernote is the home for everything you need to remember and everything you want to achieve. Free version available.

Bullet Journal: Combines mindfulness practice and organization in a paper/pen journaling system.


Calm: Provides relaxation and meditation to help improve your sleep and reduce stress with music and melodies

Headspace: Provides to assist with sleep & waking up, stress & anxiety, and movement & healthy living.

Smiling Mind: A daily mindfulness and meditation guide at your fingertips, including free programs for children and adults.

Happify: Provides tools for measuring your overall mental health and well-being by reframing negative thoughts and tracking habits.

YouVersion: Engaging resources, including plans with audio and video.


Trello: This app provides boards, lists, and cards that enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible, and rewarding way.

Focus Booster: Tool helps you track your time, stop procrastinating, and focus consistently.

Me: This habit-tracking app will allow you to build and maintain good habits.

My Study Life: Provides one space to organize your classes, tasks, exams, and assignments with the ability to set reminders.

Youper: Take control of your emotional health through conversations, meditations, and tracking your mood.

Forest: Stay focused, stay present. Timer program available on mobile and an extension in Chrome.


Mind Shift: Interact with tools to help you take action for a positive change.

SAM: This tool helps you understand and manage your anxiety.

AnxietyCoach: (iOS, $4.99): A comprehensive self-help tool for reducing a wide variety of fears and worries from extreme shyness to obsessions and compulsions. 

Sanvello: Provides digital self-care to manage stress, anxiety, and depression.

WorryWatch: ($3.99): Keep an anxiety journal so that you can later reflect and reason with what was making you anxious.


Breath2Relax: Teaches a skill called “diaphragmatic breathing” to help users feel more relaxed.

The Mindfulness App: Meditation and mindfulness experience that helps you find peace with meditations and videos.

Rootd:  A panic attack and anxiety relief tool.

MoodTools: Provides users with a thought diary, depression test, and the option to develop a safety plan.

General Mental Health

What’s Up: Provides helpful tools for managing depression based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

MoodKit: (iOS, $4.99): Over 200 mood improvement activities that can be tailored to your specific needs.

iMoodJournal: ($1.99): This app combines a journal, personal diary, mood trackers, and habit trackers.

Lifesum: Helps you reach your health and weight goals through better eating.

Moodpath: Keep a mental health journal and answer questions to receive regular mental health reports.

Operation Reach Out: (iOS): Aimed at preventing suicide among military personnel and veterans.

Relax and Sleep Well: Hypnosis and mediation recordings to help you alleviate stress & anxiety and sleep well at night.

SuperBetter: Builds resilience – the ability to stay strong, motivated, and optimistic.

MediSafe: Helps with medication reminders.

Bonus resources

Breathing videos from Breath by James Nestor.

Bookshare makes reading easier. You might qualify for textbooks. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading.

The SC4 Library has created resources for test anxiety and resources to assist students throughout their health sciences education; from incoming students preparing to take the HESI entrance exam to recent graduates studying to take the NCLEX exam. The ebook Solving the Procrastination Puzzle by Tim Pychyl offers quick tips. If off campus, you will be prompted to log in using your SC4 Portal name and password.

Do you have a favorite app or website that you find helpful? If so, please share.

Anne McPherson, MS
Coordinator of Academic Success and Disability Resources
St. Clair County Community College
323 Erie St., PO Box 5015
Port Huron, MI 48061-5015
(810) 989-5558