Assistive Technologies in Reading

Some students with disabilities encounter difficulties learning how to read.  Fortunately, today there are technologies to help these students.  At Mattituck-Cutchogue, here are some of the assistive technologies offered to our students:

Bookshare:  If you cannot read traditional print books because of a visual impairment, physical disability or severe learning disability, Bookshare can help! Listen to books with high-quality text-to-speech voices. Hear and see highlighted words on a screen. Read with digital braille or enlarged fonts. Create physical braille or large print, Read directly from your Internet browser.  Go to www.bookshare.org to learn more.

Learning Ally
: Similar to Bookshare although the text is not always viewed. From textbooks to best-selling novels, Learning Ally offers 80,000 up-to-date audiobook titles. Audiobooks can be a powerful tool to support comprehension, boost confidence, and save time on school work.  Go to https://www.learningally.org/About-Us to learn more.

RAZ Kids:
 an award-winning teaching product that provides comprehensive leveled reading resources for students. With hundreds of eBooks offered at 29 different levels of reading difficulty, it's easy to put the right content in every student's hands.  Kids access their leveled text through an interactive learning portal designed to keep them motivated and engaged. Every eBook is available in online and mobile formats, and allows students to listen to, read at their own pace, and record themselves reading. Students then take a corresponding eQuiz complete with an extended answer response to test comprehension and determine future instruction needs.  Go to https://www.raz-kids.com/main/AboutRazKids/ to learn more.

Read Works: 
 a nonprofit that provides K-12 teachers with the largest, highest-quality library of curated nonfiction and literary articles in the country, along with reading comprehension and vocabulary supports, formative assessments, teacher guidance, and more!  Most importantly, everything ReadWorks does is based on proven cognitive science research, not unproven academic theory.  Go to https://www.readworks.org/ to learn more.

Epic!:  
100% FREE for all verified educators. Instant, unlimited access to thousands of high-quality, award-winning books, learning videos, teacher-curated collections, quizzes, and more.  Create unique student profiles and track students’ reading progress.  Access on any device: desktops, laptops (including Chromebooks), iOS and Android.  Go to https://www.getepic.com/app/personalize_educator_welcome to learn more.