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Category: Bookshare Success Stories

Reading Superheroes Save the Day at Maybury Elementary

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.

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Raven Riley Dreams Big 

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.


Canadian Parents Advocate for Children with Learning Disabilities 

Parent advocacy group in Ontario – the Francophone Association for Learning Disorders – provides advice and resources such as Bookshare for children with dyslexia. The founder and president share their daughters’ struggles with reading and the audiobooks that saved them.

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Bookshare Member Spotlight: Meet Nicholas Racheotes

Nicholas Racheotes is an Emeritus Professor of History at Framingham State University and an Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard. As a retired professor who is blind, he relies on Bookshare for his scholarly research, pleasure reading, and ticket to lifelong learning. He has been a Bookshare member since 2009, and he believes it is important to “put as many tools in the learning toolbox as possible.”


Mother-Daughter Duos Share Dyslexia Journey (Part 2)

In Part 1, two mothers and daughters shared their challenges and triumphs as they navigated learning support tools, assistive technology, and misperceptions about dyslexia. In Part 2, Beth and Alanna offer advice for other parents with neurodivergent kids. This series includes remarks from a February 8 webinar hosted by Bookshare and Understood.