Printed text does not work for all learners. Approximately 5% of students need accessible educational materials (AEM) due to reading barriers such as dyslexia, learning disabilities, visual impairments or physical disabilities.
What Does Bookshare Offer?
Bookshare is the world's largest online library of accessible ebooks for people with reading barriers. With Bookshare, members can listen to their book, follow along with highlighted text, read in braille, and customize their experience in ways that make reading easier on almost any device. Bookshare is FREE for U.S. schools and qualified students.
For your student to qualify for Bookshare, a professional with appropriate expertise must confirm that he or she has a qualifying condition that significantly interferes with his or her ability to read or process printed text. Such conditions include:
- Learning Disabilities such as dyslexia that significantly interfere with reading standard print. For students, a need for reading accommodations or a diagnosed Specific Learning Disability (SLD) could be indicators of this qualifying condition.
- Visual Impairments such as blindness, low vision, macular degeneration, and other types of vision loss that require enlarged font, audiobooks, or braille.
- Physical Disabilities that make it difficult for students to hold a book, turn pages, move their heads, or physically manage a book or the act of reading a book in the way that someone without such a condition would.