Acer, a blind high school student in Michigan, leverages assistive technology and Bookshare to thrive in school and pursue a budding musical career.
Author: Laura Deck, Bookshare Communications
What is social-emotional learning (SEL) and why is it important? Explore these Bookshare books that model SEL behaviors like resilience, kindness, courage, and overcoming obstacles, and learn some positive phrases that encourage a growth mindset.
Gwendolyn Carter, Resource Teacher at Maybury Elementary School in Detroit, uses her superpowers – instruction, Bookshare ebooks, and assistive technology – to help her students close reading gaps. Learn how one of her students, Jose, uses word highlighting with text-to-speech audio to help him decode and increase fluency and comprehension. This support helps him read the superhero books that his friends read.
Raven Riley, Bookshare member from northern California, is excited to start college and embark on a career in biopsychology. With help from disability resources for her visual impairment and self-advocacy skills she has honed over the years, she is confident that she can achieve her dreams. In this blog she shares her academic goals, how she uses Bookshare and assistive technology to read and learn, and her favorite video games.
The Bookshare community is filled with expert educators, accessibility specialists, and student advocates. We recently connected with several members who shared valuable ideas and insights for teachers and parents as the new school year gets started. Enjoy this round-up of assistive technology tips, free tools for struggling readers and writers, navigating mental health, AEM, and UDL.
Who’s ready for back to school? The countdown has begun to set students up for reading success this fall. Educators and parents can explore these resources and handy checklists to support emerging readers with Bookshare and assistive technology.
Today is the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This landmark legislation affirms and protects the rights of people with disabilities in a wide range of public settings. Since the ADA came into effect, American society has benefited tremendously; nevertheless, there is still significant work to be done. In this blog, individuals share ways the ADA has impacted their lives and the additional support they would like to see.
As the end of the school year looms, teachers can take steps now to ensure smooth transitions for students going to the next grade, a new school, or beyond. Learn some tips to keep students reading in the summer, set up reading lists for fall, and make sure students take their Bookshare membership wherever they go.
Innovative in-person and virtual programs at Redwood Literacy, a special school in Chicago, achieve reading success through assistive technology and literacy tools including Bookshare.
The summer is already heating up with human-narrated audiobooks, reading books with a smart speaker, and hand-picked summer reading lists for all ages from Bookshare. Find out how to join the fun!