Accessible Books for Texas Forges New Pathways to Reading for Students with Print Disabilities
Accessible Books for Texas is a Benetech project funded by the Texas Education Agency that provides on-the-ground training and support to Texas public K-12 educators, parents, and students on accessible educational materials. This valuable work features Bookshare® as a key resource for accessible materials. Bookshare is free for all U.S. students with qualifying print disabilities as a result of funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
Results to Date
Since the launch of the ABT outreach program in April 2011, more than 830 new Bookshare accounts have been established by public K-12 organizations in Texas and an additional 10,500 qualified Texas K-12 students have become Bookshare members. We are pleased to report that growth in Bookshare membership and usage in Texas is significantly outpacing the national average.
ABT has three enthusiastic and dedicated Outreach Coordinators who provide training and on-the-ground support for educators who want to help students develop independence and improve their reading skills with digital books and mobile technologies. Let ABT help you bring the joy of reading to your students!
“Timely access to digital formats can change the way teachers deliver curriculum and the way students comprehend information…”
- Angelica (Angel) B. Nieto, Intermediate Associate Superintendent, Division of Academics and Executive Director of Special Education, Ysleta ISD, El Paso, Texas
“Digital books and reading technologies can improve the learning experience for any child — whatever their reading level or disability.”
- Casey Meadows, parent of print-disabled student, Cibolo, Texas
“Without Bookshare and the portable technology devices, my students would not have kept pace with their peers in school.”
- Roger Price, Teacher, Keller ISD, Fort Worth, Texas