Each year, thousands of students miss school due to a chronic illness and fall behind on their homework. This is the case for Hailey Bopp, a Texas youngster who is blind and has cognitive delays. “When Hailey misses school, she gets sad and depressed,” says Ann Bopp, her mom, “because she doesn’t get to read the books her teacher and classmates are reading.”
To mitigate her daughter’s frustration, Ann signed Hailey up for a Bookshare individual membership and advocates for the online library to other families in similar situations.
“Using Bookshare and an iPad, Hailey keeps up with reading assignments and that makes for a better learning experience,” says Ann. “When I first observed how favorably she reacted to downloading and reading a digital book, I knew we were on the right track! Her reading fatigue is minimal now and no more hunting for titles, lugging heavy volumes to and from the hospital, and missing schoolwork. When we equip sick children with learning portability, they have a better chance of academic progress.”
Ann tells other parents, “Meet with your principal, librarian, or special education teacher to discuss the benefits of accessible books. Ask teachers for a list of novels that your child is required to read. Do a book search on the Bookshare website to determine if the titles are there. Encourage an educator to sign their school up for a Bookshare organizational membership so they can download K-12 textbooks on behalf of children who qualify. Check out Bookshare’s Reading List feature to help teachers stay organized and to assign reading lessons on time.”
Today, Hailey is a completely independent reader. Her mom says, “Every child with print disabilities can benefit from resources like Bookshare and reading technologies to ensure learning portability. I encourage parents to give digital accessible books a try!”
Watch this video tutorial on how to use Bookshare’s Reading List feature now!
P.S. Texas educators and parents are encouraged to learn more about Bookshare and local training through the Accessible Books for Texas program.
About Accessible Books for Texas (ABT)
Through the TEA-funded ABT program, Benetech delivers customized, face-to-face AIM and Bookshare training to educators and parents throughout Texas and applies dedicated resources to Texas membership, support questions and Texas book requests. Anyone interested in a similar partnership with Benetech, please contact Christine Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, start on February 6! To help inaugurate this amazing international competition, the Bookshare Collections Development team has put together a wonderful list of books for all ages.
Do you want to know how and when the first games started? Do you want to learn more about specific events like hockey or skiing? Do you want to read about Winter Olympic athletes, like speed skater Apolo Ohno?
Get ready for the winter games with these great books, add them to your Reading List, and share with others!
Books for Children and Adolescents
Tacky and the Winter Games (grades PreK-1)
Tacky the penguin wants to compete in EVERY winter sport. Will his friends and teammates survive his enthusiasm?
Winter Olympics: A True Book (grades 3-6)
An excellent history of over 100 years of winter sports in the Olympics.
Snowboard Duel (grades 4-6)
The new snowboard team is “boys only”—that leaves Brian’s best friend Hannah out in the cold!
Ice Dreams (grades 4-8)
Maya’s family wants her to carry on her mother’s Olympic dreams in figure skating—how will she tell them that it’s hockey that’s her real love?
White Gates (grades 5-7)
Is there really a curse on Snow Park’s snowboarding team? Will Tor and his friends unravel the mystery before more are hurt?
Gold Medal Winter (grades 6-8)
Esperanza’s dream of competing for gold in figure skating is turning into a nightmare of distractions and challenges!
Catching Air! The Wild World of Snowboarding (grades 6-8)
Experts at Sports Illustrated give you a fascinating inside glimpse of this world of high stakes and action and the athletes who make it their own.
Slalom (grades 7-9)
Sandro Birch is a born skier—but will the return of his long-absent father help or harm his dreams of greatness on the slopes?
The Finnish Line (grades 8-10)
Ski jumper “Mo” Clark learns about more than just sports in her first time living and competing abroad.
Each chapter reviews a different competition—its history, legendary competitors, judging, and other fun facts that will put you in the know as you watch this year’s Games.
Where Countries Come to Play (grades 9-12)
An authoritative account of the tradition and dramas of Olympic ice hockey competition—including the legendary “Miracle on Ice” of 1980.
Bode: Go Fast, Be Good, Have Fun (grades 9-12)
Inspiring and entertaining “as-told-to” biography of Bode Miller, from humble beginnings to international skiing fame.
Books for Older and Adult Readers
Chris Klug’s amazing odyssey spans a career as an elite Olympic snowboarder and triumph as an organ transplant survivor.
An ice-level view of the young amateur American hockey team that electrified their country in 1980 with their “miracle on ice.”
Speed skater Apolo Ohno shares the lessons he learned over a lifetime of striving and competing for Olympic gold.
Wayne Johnson takes us into the high-risk, high-thrills world of elite skiers, men and women who challenge the boundaries of nature and their own selves.
Rudy Galindo tells the story of his battles against poverty, prejudice, and personal tragedy to reach the heights of figure skating success.
Behind-the-scenes story of the controversial 2002 Olympic pairs skating competition: the human dramas surrounding the event and the confession of a corrupt judge that led to the unprecedented awarding of a second gold medal.
Tina Basich was never interested in being “pretty good for a girl,” and she pushed the envelope for acceptance of women as legitimate snowboard competitors.
The fairytale romance of Russian figure skaters Sergei Grinkov and Katia Gordeeva was beautiful, public—and all too short.
Where would winter sports be without ice? Learn more about the slippery substance from a cultural historian in Minnesota (where they know a thing or two about life below freezing)!
Special thanks to the Bookshare Collections Development department for this super list of accessible books.