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Helpful Resources


Bookshare ‐‐ http://www.bookshare.org/

Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Offers approximately 90,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher‐recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools. Bookshare offers two free computer software applications, as well as high‐quality voices for Bookshare Members. A DAISY reader from the DAISY Consortium is also available for free. Membership is free with proof of disability. All other individuals may pay $75 ($25 one‐time set up fee + $50 annual fee). Organizations that serve adults and students with print disabilities, including all US k‐12 schools, colleges & universities may join free.

Bookshare 10 Year Anniversary Video (short version)

Read2Go ($19.99)

Read2Go -- http://read2go.org/

Read2Go is the most accessible e-book reader app for readers with disabilities. Bookshare member can find, download, and read books all on a singe Apple device.

Read2Go video with short download demo


Livescribe -- www.livescribe.com

Smartpens remember so you don't have to. Livescribe will record everything you write and hear. Tap anywhere on your notes to replay the audio from the moment in time.

Sky™ wifi smartpen Introduction

Dyslexia Help - Check Out The Resources Below



Dragon -- www.nuance.com

Dragon Naturally Speaking 12 Home speech recognition software ignites new levels of creativity and convenience by letting you dictate your thoughts and ideas into your computer, without typing.

Renaissance Learning

Renaissance Learning -- www.renlearn.com

Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader (AR) offers recorded voice quizzes for beginning emergent readers. Recorded voice quizzes feature a professionally recorded narrator who reads quiz questions and answer choices as they appear on the screen.

Voiceover - iPad, iPhone, iPod

Not exactly an app, but function you should turn on with Triple-Click (Settings > General > Accessibility> Triple-click Home (bottom)> VoiceOver - Toggle VoiceOver). To set speed, click the VoiceOver tab on the Accessibility page. The speaking rate varies from slow (turtle) to fast (rabbit). Activate Voiceover when reading an iBook or webpage by triple clicking the home button. You can select a line or paragraph or if you want it to read the whole page, sweep 3 fingers down).

There are many app sources for books - including iBooks and Stanza. VoiceOver doesn't work with the free Kindle app.

Prezi - Instructions For Triple Click Voiceover

Google Voice Search - Phone

Voice Search is a feature of Google Search app for iPhone, BlackBerry, and Nokia S60 V3 phones.
Google Mobile App for iPhone, now with Voice Search

Google Voice Search for Computer - Google Chrome

Voice search on Google

If you can say it, you can search for it.

You can now search Google by saying your search term, instead of typing it. This could be a convenient way to search if you speak faster than you type or if you're not sure how to spell your search term.

Introducing Voice Search for your computer

Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation - FREE Handy for taking down memos and short notes, it still can make errors with background noise or mumbled words - but all-in-all pretty good! If Dragon Dictate is too inaccurate for your speech, you can add in a Voice Memos app which will just record your note as audio.

Educreations (web based or app)

Educreations - turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking. Explain a math formula... Create an animated lesson... Add commentary to your photos... Diagram a sports play...

My Homework (web based or app)

My Homework (FREE, homework organizer).

keep your school life organized!

Idea Sketch

Idea Sketch (FREE, mind mapping app) - Idea Sketch lets you easily draw a diagram - mind map, concept map, or flow chart - and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use Idea Sketch for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more!

openWeb - Dyslexia friendly web browser

openWeb - Dyslexia friendly web browser

Publisher- Abbie Gonzalez FREE- A new open-source font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia The typeface includes regular, bold, italic and bold-italic styles. Includes their DuckDuckGo search engine. The font helps students recognize letters, with heavy weighted bottoms to add a kind of "gravity" to each letter. This feature helps to keep the user from mentally rotating them in ways that can make them look like other letters. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent flipping and swapping.



Publisher: Bind & Bjerre FREE- This functions like a regular calculator, but in addition to giving the answer with numerals, it gives the spelled-out number, spoken number and graphical (numbers presented as bars).

Recommended Reading List

Overcoming Dyslexia - Sally Shaywitz

The Alphabet War - Diane Burton Robb

Inch by Inch - Leo Lionni

If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi? - Barbara Esham Fancy-Smancy Cursive Handwriting - Barbara Esham Lily and the Mixed-Up Letters - Deborah Hodge