Access Language Arts iPad App

A researched and standards-based program for secondary students learning language arts skills

Product Features:

  • Complements Teaching to Standards: English Language Arts
  • Includes eight pieces of adapted literature with read-aloud function
  • Features age-appropriate literature likeHoles and Number the Stars
  • Provides vocabulary, prediction, and reading activity for each story
  • Incorporates progress monitoring, constant time-delay procedure, and least intrusive prompting
  • Also available as the Access Language Arts Software

App Store
Product Name Item No. Price Qty
Access Language Arts iPad App APP-ALA-07W $60.00
Access Language Arts - 5 Apps APP-ALA-57W $225.00
Access Language Arts - 20 Apps APP-ALA-207W $600.00



The eight literature pieces chosen for read-alouds in Access Language Arts iPad App are among those typically used in the middle school curriculum. The adapted stories in the app are Holes, We Beat the Street, The Outsiders, Neighbors, Number the Stars, The Diary of Anne Frank, Dragonwings, and Sadako and a Thousand Paper Cranes.

Lessons follow a five-step sequence: Vocabulary instruction, preview and prediction, read the adapted book, quiz on vocabulary, followed by comprehension questions including a sequencing activity. Software features unlimited student logins, professionally narrated text, and student reports.

Components of systematic instruction embedded in the app's script include: constant time-delay procedure, system of least intrusive prompts, and feedback.

Access Language Arts iPad App was created by Attainment and East Tennessee State University and is based on the curriculum Teaching to Standards: English Language Arts. Research has shown both the app and curriculum to be highly effective in teaching language arts skills, that are directly aligned to the Common Core Standards, to students with an intellectual disability or autism.

Support for research and development of this app was provided in part by Contract ED-IES-13-C-0031 and ED-IES-14-C-0018 of the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, awarded to Attainment Company, Inc.

Compatible with iPad, iOS 5.1.1 or later. 

Try before you buy! A free, trial version of the app is also available. 

This app may be download on the App Store or bought directly from Attainment. If you purchase from us, we offer a 25% discount on 5 apps and a 50% discount on 20 apps (see above for pricing). 


Supporting Research Articles:

Mims, P. J., Stanger, C., Sears, J., & White, W. (Accepted for Publication). Applying systematic instruction to teach ELA skills using fictional novels in an iPad app: Results from a study on students with significant disabilities. Rural Special Education Quarterly.


Mims, P. J., & Stanger, C., (2017). Bringing Meaningful Grade Aligned English Language Arts to the Classroom: Bridging Research and Practice. DADD Online Journal, 4.


Stanger, C., Mims, P., Wood, L., & Ahlgrim-Delzell, L., (2016). Supporting Literacy Achievements for Students with Intellectual Disability and Autism through Curricular Programs that Incorporate Assistive Technology. Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits, 10 (1).


Related Research Articles:

  • Access Language Arts- Research
  • Additional Info

    Additional Info

    Age Group Secondary
    Subject English Language Arts, Literacy
    Platform iOS
    Downloadable No
    License 1 device license

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