The Need for Accessible Technology

Join our Pilot to increase accessibility of Learning!

The shift to eLearning - Who gets left behind?

As Malcolm Gladwell portrays in Outliers, “The tallest oak in the forest is the tallest not just because it grew from the hardiest acorn; it is the tallest also because no other trees blocked its sunlight, the soil around it was deep and rich, no rabbit chewed through its bark as a sapling, and no lumberjack cut it down before it matured.”

The literal overnight shift to eLearning has changed the environments for so many; possibly becoming the rabbit that's chewing at our learners with different needs and those at risk students.

This shift has provided traction to those who, for years, have advocated for universal design and universal accommodations. All in the education field can now see firsthand this system of support that can help students across a whole range of abilities. This universal design and the incorporation of accessibility must now be an integral, CORE component for ALL of our students in ALL environments.

Enter, a guided pilot for accessible technology with DonJohnston and your IU TaC.

Note that this pilot can also be implemented in the F2F setting!

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Universal Protocol for Accommodations in Reading, uPAR, provides an optimal way to assess reading accommodations for a group of students. uPAR gives you data that shows best learning methods for students, specifically the level of text that can be understood when listening (with a variety of accommodations) compared to independent reading.

Next Steps

After you gather your uPAR data, there may be some options that best fit your needs. Pilots of Snap & Read and CoWriter:Universal are also options to pilot with support from DJ and IU TaC.

Snap & Read Features

Explore Snap&Read Features during your pilot, including:

Read Aloud

Dynamic Text Leveling


Study Tools

Focus/Distraction Removal

Color Overlays/Reading Guides

Picture Supported Dictionary


Screenshot Reader

Readability Analyzer


Data Collection

Overdrive Integration (Links with local libraries)

Co:Writer Features

Explore Co:Writer Features during your pilot, including:

'Neuron' Word Prediction

Speech Recognition

Test Mode for Assessments


Vocabulary Support

Language Support


Data Collection

Example Timeline

September/October: Commit to assessing a minimum of 15 students (max 30 students) with IEPs, ELL plans, or in reading intervention who are reading below grade level.

September/October: Complete Readiness Indicators form and return to Don Johnston (via TaC member)

September/October: uPAR administration

September - October - November: Learning Tool (Snap & Read or CoWriter) piloting

October/November/Deceber: Schedule a Data Walk for your district with Don Johnston, Inc. representative and IU TaC

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