I recently attended a conference which addressed accessibility issues
for students with disabilities. One of the tools mentioned was a
website called Bookshare. http://www.bookshare.org/
"Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities
Organizations that serve individuals with print disabilities (schools,
libraries, community centers, etc.) can sign up and provide access to
their students or clients. (Free and Not limited to one year.)
A Bookshare membership offers unlimited access to accessible books,
textbooks, newspapers and magazines. Additionally, free access
technology makes it easy to read books with a computer.
Bookshare™ is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities.
Student memberships are currently funded by an award from the U.S.
Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
Bookshare dramatically increases the accessibility of books. Bookshare
believes that people with disabilities deserve the same ease of access
to books and periodicals that people without disabilities enjoy.
A searchable online library. Bookshare offers more than 45,000 digital
books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive
Readers of all ages. Bookshare offers affordable membership, unlimited
library privileges and a community of Members, Volunteers, parents,
publishers and authors."
With Bookshare you would be able to download read-along versions of
most fiction books and textbooks. Membership directions and details are
available on the website.
Technology Integration Specialist
Bellows Free Academy
Fairfax, VT 05454
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>>> Raymond Ballou <[log in to unmask]> 5/27/2009 12:55 PM >>>
"Beginning on January 26, 2009, through January 25, 2010, any student
qualified learning or print disability in the U.S. can sign up for 12
free access to RFB&D's CV Starr Learning Through Listening® Library of
than 46,000 textbooks and literature, via Internet download. "
We have used this service, it was a bit awkward to get setup (the
AudioAccess part) but worked fine after that.