In this guest blog, Justin Smith, Bookshare member and disability rights advocate, discusses the critical role technology plays in his life. Justin has cerebral palsy, and Bookshare gives him the freedom and independence to experience the joy of reading. Justin comments on books that transport him and the ways technology assists him with reading, communication, and mobility.
Category: Bookshare Success Stories
Bruce Alter, Oregon physical therapist and AT consultant, shares insights for fast-tracking students to get accessible ebooks and reading accommodations with support from Bookshare
Chantonette Lyles urges college students with disabilities to be proactive and take the initiative to request the services and accommodations they need such as books in alternate formats from Bookshare.
Vicki Numkena, teacher of the visually impaired for Native students on the Navajo Reservation, uses audiobooks from Bookshare to “turn on” reluctant readers. Learn more about her reading tips, ready-made lists of books about superheroes, Fortnite, and Minecraft, and the top ten downloaded Bookshare books for 2020.
In 2020, students with reading barriers relied on Bookshare to deliver the books they needed to survive school shutdowns and distance learning, and Bookshare will carry them through 2021 and beyond.
In Part 2 of 2, Ben Griese, special education teacher at Chief Ivan Blunka School in rural Alaska, discusses the benefits of digital voices and other features, books guaranteed to entice reluctant readers, and advice for parents and teachers to foster a love of reading and support students on their journey to reading independence.
In Part 1 of 2, Ben Griese, special education teacher at Chief Ivan Blunka School, uses Bookshare, assistive technology, and creativity to engage reluctant readers in a Southwest Yup’ik community in New Stuyahok, Alaska.
On Veterans Day 2020, we thank veterans for their service and highlight resources such as Bookshare that help veterans with visual impairments achieve their goals.
November is a month of giving thanks. We invite you to share your appreciation for someone special – a mentor, a teacher, a colleague, a friend — who has helped you learn and grow. In this month of gratitude, Bookshare would like to help our community give thanks to someone who has helped them on their learning journey. In this time of uncertainty due to the pandemic and other events, we are under a lot of stress. Yet, teachers, parents, friends, and family members everywhere are going the extra mile to support one another. During this month of gratitude, let…