Bookshare, the world’s largest online library of accessible ebooks for people with print disabilities, is once again making its 350,000-ebook library available for K-12 students through its Accessible Books for Texas initiative.
Through the statewide initiative, funded by the Texas Education Agency, K-12 educators, parents and students throughout the state can get free face-to-face and live online training and support on how to use Bookshare. Students with print disabilities—a learning disability, visual impairment and/or physical limitation that affects one’s ability to read printed text—are eligible to subscribe to Bookshare for free.
A variety of apps and programs for computers, tablets, smart phones and other electronic devices allow Bookshare subscribers to read with the aid of highlighted text synchronized with a synthetic speech generator that “reads” the text out loud.
The initiative has also launched three testimonial videos highlighting students who have used Bookshare to help them read, one of which is a Spanish-language video to help reach Spanish-speaking and bilingual students.
For more information, visit bookshare.org/cms/state/Texas.