Audiobooks for Individuals with Disabilities that Impact Reading:
Both BookShare and Learning Ally are two online sites that offer audiobooks for individuals with print-based disabilities. They conduct business under the which permits the availability of copyrighted text to people with qualifying disabilities. BookShare and Learning Ally safeguards that only qualified individuals can use this service by requiring applicants to register as members and provide proof of disability.
Who Can Certify a Disability for Membership?
- Special education teacher
- Learning disability specialist
- Teacher of the visually impaired
- School psychologist
- Resource specialist
- Family doctor
- Physical therapist
- Clinical psychologist
- Prior Certification with Learning Ally or BookShare
How Do BookShare and Learning Ally Compare?
BookShare and Learning Ally are constantly upgrading their systems and adding new materials. So the following table is up to date as of October 2014:
Where Can I Learn More?
Learning Ally Brochures:
Each person will have their own preference when choosing a audiobook provider, however, to assure people with print disabilities have access to all the resources they need, consider joining both BookShare and Learning Ally.
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials. She is also the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining, NY. To learn more about her products and services, you can go to www.goodsensorylearning.com, www.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz