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Rich Library: Audio & Braille

Overview

Providing texts in braille, large font, and with text-to-speech allows learners with visual needs to access content. Ensuring that all reading materials are in an accessible format promotes reading success for learners with Vision differences.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn how teachers can use braille texts to build literacy skills like Syntax.

  • Students with varying Vision needs can read independently with the support of audio and braille or large font texts. By providing a variety of these books for students to choose from, teachers can help support Motivation for reading, which in turn supports growth in Background Knowledge, Disciplinary Literacy, and Reading Fluency.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    See how products like NaturalReader use text-to-speech software to support learners with visual difficulties. With the ability to change the speaker voice and speed, learners can adjust the settings to their needs.

  • Creating a virtual library that includes reading material in multiple formats, such as audio, large print, or braille, increases the availability of accessible electronic learning materials. Learners can select to read or listen to the texts in their preferred format, which strengthens their love for reading. They can also use other visual reading aids and Braille computer technologies to support their reading.