Bookshare.org and Don Johnston, Inc. are participating in a partnership to provide qualified print disabled students with free text reader software to access electronic books from the Bookshare.org library, beginning in September 2008.
The offer is available to students who receive special education services and qualify under the 1996 Chafee Amendment.
Beginning at the start of the 2008-2009 school year, the Don Johnston Read:Outloud Bookshare.org Edition text reader (Windows version) will be available for use by qualified students to access more than 36,000 books, magazines, and newspapers in the Bookshare.org library.
The text reader offers embedded reading comprehension strategies and instructional supports that align with state educational standards. The text reader software includes audio feedback, electronic highlighting and note-taking features that allow students to capture ideas. A Macintosh version is scheduled for release in 2009.
The goal of the partnership is to provide print disabled students with the tools needed to ensure access to educational texts.
Bookshare.org is an online community that allows people with print disabilities to legally download books and periodicals to be read as Braille, large print, or synthetic speech. The digital books are produced from the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) and delivered to students in the BRF Braille file format and the Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) standard for digital talking books.
Don Johnston, Inc., www.donjohnston.com.