Parent Resources during School Closures

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Is your child's school closed due to COVID-19? 

Unexpected school closures are difficult. They can be uniquely challenging for parents of children with special needs. Students with IEPs, 504 plans, or learning differences may need accommodations and supports to help them learn. When classrooms close, students with learning differences can be left without the resources they need to succeed.

Learning during school closures

Students with learning differences can continue to learn and grow when school is closed. It will take some adjustment and juggling as parents must contend with school- and work-related disruptions, but there are resources that can help.

Bookshare makes reading easier

For students with dyslexia, blindness, low vision, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers, Bookshare is a FREE tool that makes reading easier.

Students can access huge online library with over 800,000 textbooks and classroom materials, as well as popular books their friends are reading, bestsellers, young adult, and children's titles. Students can read books on virtually any device and customize their reading experience in ways in ways that work for them.

  • Listen to books in audio (and customize voices and reading speed)
  • Follow along with text and karaoke-style highlighting
  • Enlarge font sizes, change font type, color, background, and highlighting
  • Read in braille

See how Bookshare works.


FREE for US students with qualifying reading barriers

Bookshare is FREE for US Students with qualifying reading barriers. For students under 18 years of age, parents can sign up easily online. Students 18 years and over can sign up on their own. To use Bookshare, students must have a qualifying disability. Learn about qualifications.


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How Bookshare helps students

See how a middle school student with dyslexia discovers what it's like to read with audio ebooks that help her to track words on a page and decode. Read Emery's story.