Accessing Audio Books
By: Carmen Willings
The use of auditory books can be a wonderful and invaluable tool for students who are blind or visually impaired. Keep in mind that listening to audio books should not replace the student's need for literacy and they should also be instructed in reading print and/or braille. This tool is helpful, however, in reading longer passages. Pairing books (in print or braille) with Audio Supported Learning is a great strategy to build listening skills. Be sure to select tools that are appropriate for the student's unique needs, but also intentionally expose each student to a variety of different formats. Being able to learn to use new technology and software is an important career and life skill!
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There are a variety of apps now available that provide instant access to audiobooks. The apps are accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired. The apps integrate with VoiceOver, the screen reader built into Apple's iOS products, and the Android reader. On both Android and Apple devices, the app syncs directly with the audio library. Many of the apps allow the student to download the books directly, bypassing iTunes.
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