Bookshare: Providing Accessible Materials for Students with Print Disabilities
Take some time now to answer the following questions. Please note that the IRIS Center does not collect your Assessment responses. If this is a course assignment, you should turn them in to your professor using whatever method he or she requires. If you have trouble answering any of the questions, go back and review the Perspectives & Resources pages in this module.
- What is a print disability? List the three types of print disabilities described in this module and discuss how each might affect a student in the classroom.
- List three ways in which electronic text can be manipulated to help students access core curriculum materials.
- Imagine that you are Walker High School’s Primary Contact for Bookshare. As such, what are your responsibilities? List and explain at least three.
- As the Primary Contact for Walker High School, you have just been approached by Mrs. Scott, a tenth-grade English teacher. She states that two of her students with print disabilities have made great progress in her class, a fact she attributes to their use of Bookshare’s digital materials. She thinks all of her students would benefit from Bookshare services and inquires about signing them up. As the Primary Contact, what would you tell her about qualifying for Bookshare services?
- Madeline, a new eleventh-grade student at Walker High School, has a severe learning disability and has just qualified for Bookshare’s services. Madeline is currently reading at a sixth-grade level, which impairs her ability to access information from her textbooks.
- What types of digital text features and supporting equipment would you expect Madeline to use?
- As her teacher, what actions could you take prior to instruction to prepare for the effective use of Bookshare in the classroom?
- What additional actions can you take during instruction to maximize Madeline’s success?