Apps for Academic Success!

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Presented at 11:15am in Lakehouse on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.



  • Shannon Lavey, MS, OTR/L, Colorado State University
  • Anna Walker, OTR/L, Colorado State University
  • Allison Kidd, , Colorado State University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


This session will provide information on recommended apps for common mobile devices to support academic tasks for students with disabilities in higher education. A review of built-in accessibility options will be provided as well. Bring in your own mobile devices and favorite apps!


Staff from the ATRC (Assistive Technology Resource Center) at Colorado State University have researched, rated, and consolidated a list of recommended apps for the most common mobile devices used by students in higher ed. Mobile apps will be summarized in the targeted academic areas of reading, writing, note-taking, studying, organization, time management, and more. Additionally, a review of built-in mobile accessibility options will be covered. Demonstrations of featured apps will be shown and there will be built-in time for attendees to interact with devices. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of how to use mainstream technology on mobile devices to support students in higher education.


  1. Attendees will be provided with information on recommended apps to support students in higher ed.
  2. Attendees will be provided with information on built-in accessibility options for common mobile devices.
  3. Attendees will be provided with demos of apps and accessibily features and hands-on opportunites.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Shannon Lavey

Shannon Lavey is the Student Service Coordinator at the Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) at CSU. The mission of the ATRC is to ensure equal access to technology and electronic information for CSU students and employees with disabilities. Shannon provides direct services to students and employees and is committed to continued research, education, and outreach of assistive technology.

Anna Walker

Anna Walker is the Campus Service Coordinator at the Assistive Technology Resource Center. She supports the assessment and implementation of assistive technology with employees and students on campus, allowing for successful participation in their work and educational roles. She also supports campus members in creating accessible electronic materials.

Allison Kidd

Allison Kidd is the AT-IT Coordinator for the Assistive Technology Resource Center at Colorado State University. She provides IT support for AT, as well as training faculty and staff in electronic accessibility. She is working to enhance awareness of accessibility and to foster a proactive approach to the problems caused by inaccessible materials.