Annotated Communication Resource Guide - Literacy

  • Center for Literacy and Disability Studies – Literacy resources for individuals with complex learning needs including, Route 66 project - FREE online, instructional literacy program for adolescent and adult beginning readers.
  • Tar Heel Readers –A collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens, the IntelliKeys with custom overlays, and 1 to 3 switches. One may also write own books using pictures a variety of sources and upload them to the site. This collection is particularly helpful for older teens and adults who need age-appropriate reading materials with simplified text.
  • Book Share – Bookshare, www.bookshare.org,  is the world’s largest accessible digital library for persons with print disabilities, such as visual impairments. Memberships cost $50/year, plus a $25 one-time set up fee. Memberships are free for qualified U.S. students of any age enrolled in a approved coursework. The library has well over 175,000 copyrighted books, including fiction, (best sellers), nonfiction, and newspapers. Members download books from the Bookshare website in any of a variety of text or audio formats, depending on the device used and reading preference. Members can read books using free software available from Bookshare, on any of a variety of assistive devices, or mobile devices such the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, and the app Go Read on Android devices.