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Category: Bookshare Success Stories

#DyslexiaAwarenessMonth: “Embrace it, don’t erase it”

In recognition of Dyslexia Awareness Month, we look back at two extraordinary Bookshare members who share their perspectives on living – and thriving – with dyslexia, a language-based learning disorder that causes difficulty with reading. Plus, we shine a light on a treasure trove of books featuring characters with learning disabilities to foster inclusion and empathy and engage young readers.

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Expert Insights: AT Specialist Tackles the Unknown with Innovative Digital Tools and UDL

Jamie Maier, Assistant Technology Specialist, shares her favorite digital tools to help students with reading barriers progress from tears to cheers in an uncertain school environment

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Launch into Learning: Honors Student with Dyslexia Relies on Digital Tools for School Success

Ella, a high school junior with dyslexia, teams up with special educators to get the most effective accommodations for reading including Bookshare and other digital tools. “Reading with your ears or any sort of accommodation is still reading and it counts,” explains Ella. “Any way you can access a book is worthwhile. I love to read! Once you find the tools that work for you, it’s so much easier.”

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Bernie’s Story: It Takes a Village, Resourcefulness, and Cosmic Alignment

Despite losing his sight at age seven, Bernie Perella’s journey took him from a small town in Pennsylvania to Villanova University, a career at the National Security Agency, and a rewarding, active life without limits.

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Heard It Through the Tweetvine

We love Bookshare members – and the teachers, parents, and other caring individuals who support our members. We celebrate the success of every person who overcomes reading barriers with the help of the Bookshare library and assistive technology. Good news is always worth sharing, and we hope these tweets make you smile, inspire you to find your next book, or tell a friend about Bookshare.

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Technology is a Game Changer for Justin Smith

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.

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