Electronic books can be a part of the classroom library and are useful to support struggling readers. Accessibility features such as audio support with text-to-speech, enhanced resources, and study tools are important and often necessary features for students with disabilities.
Electronic books can be a part of the classroom library and are useful to support struggling readers. Accessibility features such as audio support with text-to-speech, enhanced resources, and study tools are important and often necessary features for students with disabilities (Anderson-Inman & Horney,1999; Anderson-Inman & Horney, 2007; Blanck, 2010). Careful screening of eBook sites and services can assist with selecting the appropriate features specific to the needs of the student.
Application and Resources
ACCESSIBILITY BY SWITCH OR VIA ALTERNATE SOURCES
• Tar Heel Reader offers free eBooks with multiple interface access including touch screens and alternative keyboards http://tarheelreader.org/
• Bookzone has free online books that play with one click. http://www.rif.org/kids/readingplanet/bookzone.htm
ENHANCED RESOURCES: TEXT CAN BE ADAPTED FOR FONT, SIZE, AND COLOR
• Accessible Book Collection, low cost digital books specifically for students with vision or print disabilities. http://www.accessiblebookcollection.org/StyleSheet/StyleSheetGeneratorInstructions.htm
TEXT-TO-SPEECH: AUDIO WITH REAL OR SYNTHESIZED VOICES
• Start to Finish Library, http://www.donjohnston.com computer books with accessibility features,7that are available in a variety of genres. Available in the TTAC@ODU lending library
• Tumblebooks, a subscription eBook service http://www.tumblebooks.com
STUDY TOOLS INCLUDING HIGHLIGHTING, INSTANT DICTIONARY ACCESS, AND GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS
• Classmate Reader, a handheld reader with study tools http://www.donjohnston.com Available in the TTAC@ODU lending library
• Read Outloud 6, eBook software program that reads digital books with study tool features. Available in all Virginia schools, for more information visit (broken link) http://kihd.gmu.edu/aim/news_aimva/readoutloud_ renewal/
Anderson-Inman, L. & Horney, M. (1999, April) Electronic Books: Reading and Studying with Supportive Resources. Re- trieved from http://www.readingonline.org/electronic/elec_index.asp?HREF=ebook/index.html
Anderson-Inman, L., & Horney, M. (2007). Supported eText: Assistive technology through text transformations. Reading Research Quarterly, 42(1), 153-160.
Blanck, P. (2010). E-books must be accessible, and that means audio. Chronicle of Higher Education, 56(26), A31.