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1 Assistive Technology Reading

2 Reading – Low Tech, Mid Tech, High Tech Predictable Books Changes in text size, spacing, color, background Book adapted for page turning Use of pictures/symbols with text Talking electronic device to speak challenging words Single word scanners Scanner with Optical Character Recogition and talking word processor Electronic books

3 Low Tech Predictable Books Predictable books are a standard for early readers. Predictable books repeat patterns and use sing-song rhymes and rhythms to help students acquire reading skills. See the Monroe County Library site in Indiana for lists of predictable books.Monroe County Library site For older students lyrics of popular songs could be a possibility.

4 Changes in text size, spacing, color, background Big books offer large size print and spacing. Most publishers have big books they publish.

5 Changes in text size, spacing, color, background In order to change background color on a page, color overlays are available. Some students find it helpful to use this low tech alternative. To read more on this topic visit: Using Colors to Meet Special Needs as reported by Don Johnston at: learning/usingcolortxt.htm learning/usingcolortxt.htm Read more on color overlays at: The Irlen Method color overlays at: The Irlen MethodThe Irlen Method Add color with overlays low tech

6 Books adapted for page turning Adapted Books from Adapted Creations (Mayer-Johnson Co.) offers an exciting series of adapted books for children with physical disabilities and augmentative communication needs. The books have: Laminated pages Page adaptation for easy turning Mayer-Johnson Picture Communication Symbols Augmentative communication overlays Learning activities The books come in a variety of topics including: Science & Math Concepts

7 Books adapted for page turning To learn more on this topic visit some of these sites: Mayer-Johnson Co. Page Turning Excerpt – Augmentative Communication Page Turning Excerpt – Augmentative Communication Exploration – Johnny Pages

8 Use of picture symbols with text Using picture symbols with text was first made known by the rebus method for teaching reading. Visit rebus rhymes from enchanted learning.com enchanted learning.com Picture from The Handbook of Augmentative Communication.

9 Talking electronic device to speak challenging words Mid Tech Franklin Speak and Spell devices – visit Franklin.com Franklin.com

10 Single word scanners – Mid Tech/High Tech Reading pens Assistive Technology for K-12 students Assistive Technology for K-12 students Planon Docu Pen Quicktionary Reading Pen II Quicktionary Reading Pen II - Read About It Here! Dictionary online site to read words CD roms

11 Single word scanners Reading Pen II Reading Pen II - Oxford English PlatformIndependent A revolutionary aid, the Reading Pen II is the world's only handheld scanning device that enables users with learning disabilities to improve reading comprehension. Retains a history of the last 80 words scanned for easy review Enables users to hear a single word or a full line of text spoken aloud in seconds Displays words in large font on the LCD screen Shows scanned words divided into syllables Contains over 240,000 definitions from the Concise Oxford English Defines words within the definition using a cross-reference feature Reads or spells words or dictionary definitions aloud with built-in text-to-speech capability Not recommended for persons with low vision or impaired fine motor control. Visit Franklin.com to see more devicesFranklin.com

12 Books on Tape Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic RFB&D have been available for quite some time. Visit the RFB&D website at As of December, 2005 the traditional playback device will no longer be available. It is being replaced by a cassette device that plays CDs. For further explanation visit: https://custhub.rfbd.org/Bro wseProducts.asp https://custhub.rfbd.org/Bro wseProducts.asp

13 Scanner with Optical Character Recogition and talking word processor Hi Tech Read the research. Screen Readers and Optical Character Recognition from SchwabLearning.orgSchwabLearning.org Listening to the printed page – from Closing the GapClosing the Gap Building Independence – High Tech devices that have changed peoples lives. Building Independence The Alliance for Technology AccessAlliance for Technology Access

14 Electronic Books Hi Tech Project Gutenburg – free electronic books Project Gutenburg Listing of ebook sites Netlibrary – demo – ipod electronic books – apple.comapple.com Audible.com – electronic books


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