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Bookshare’s Summer Reading Lists Offer a Universe of Stories

Summer is almost here! Have you prepared your students for the summer break? Bookshare has age-appropriate reading lists and tips to get students ready for a summer of successful, independent reading.

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EXPERT INSIGHTS: Assistive Technology Personalizes the Learning Environment

Scott Richards shares the low-to-high tech solutions and strategies that help students with disabilities reach their potential Profile NAMEScott RichardsOCCUPATIONOccupational Therapist and Assistive Technology specialist inBoston Public SchoolsYEARS TEACHING10STUDENTSK-12 students with visual and motor impairments; specific learning disabilities that affect decoding, spelling, fluency,comprehension, and language delays; and ESL studentsEMPHASIS– Deliver remedial work to improve functional motor and visualskills like handwriting, keyboarding, and classroom tool use– Teach executive functioning skills like organization andself-regulation– Adapt classroom environments and curriculum to meet the complex needs of individual students while promoting as much participation as possible How does assistive technology help the students you…

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The Marrakesh Treaty in Action: What You Need to Know

On May 8, 2019, the United States joins the list of 82 member nations that have fully ratified the long-awaited Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. If you are wondering exactly what that means, you are not alone. This document outlines the basic provisions and implications of the treaty, especially as it affects the Bookshare community. Background The Marrakesh Treaty was adopted to amend copyright law that prevented access to print works for print-disabled people. Only about 7% of published works are made available globally in accessible…

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Uncover Forgotten Hollywood Trailblazer with May Book Club Selection

Welcome again to the Bookshare Book Club! Each month Bookshare staff will choose a book for members to read before hosting a discussion on the last Friday of the month. The conversation will take place on Bookshare Twitter, using the hashtag #BKSBookClub. While we have created this club with adult Bookshare members in mind, everyone is welcome to join, including non-Bookshare members. May’s book will be The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara. Milicent Patrick brought Creature from the Black Lagoon to life with her monster designs, but her…

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School Transitions Can Be Tough: Here’s Help

As the end of the school year looms, teachers can take these steps now to ensure smooth transitions for students. Spring is a time of excitement and anticipation. Students, teachers, and parents can look forward to wrapping up another school year and recharging over the summer. Spring can also be busy and stressful preparing for transitions. Whether students will move on to a new grade, school, or life after school, make sure they take along the tools and resources that have helped them be successful. The following guides will help students with reading barriers keep access to their Bookshare books…

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Student with Dyslexia Discovers What It’s Like to Read [Video]

Meet Emery. Emery is a sixth grade student from Garland, Texas. At the age of seven, Emery was diagnosed with dyslexia, and she thought she would never learn how to read. Emery would get frustrated because she could not understand the words she was reading or read at the same level as her peers. With the support of her family and dyslexia resources like Bookshare, Emery’s reading and school experience improved. Using specialized audiobooks from Bookshare, she learned how to track sentences and decode words and discovered that there was more to reading than word for word. She now knew…

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Spring Into April with Bookshare Book Club Selection

Welcome again to the Bookshare Book Club! Each month Bookshare staff will choose a book for members to read before hosting a discussion on the last Friday of the month. The conversation will take place on Bookshare Twitter, using the hashtag #BKSBookClub. While we have created this club with adult Bookshare members in mind, everyone is welcome to join, including non-Bookshare members. April’s book is Severance by Ling Ma. Part zombie apocalypse, part office culture, and part coming-of-age novel, Severance follows second-generation, Chinese American, Candace Chen, a disillusioned, millennial office worker in New York. One of the few survivors of…

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What Apps Do Bookshare Members Use?

Bookshare’s ebook library is one of the most versatile resources for people with reading barriers. In addition to having over 700,000 titles, members can read on almost any device, platform, and a host of compatible partner apps. Over 400 Bookshare users responded to our 2018 Technology Survey and shared their most used apps and technologies. So what are the most popular? Let’s break it down.

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