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ERIC Number: EJ920101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Technology for the Struggling Reader: Free and Easily Accessible Resources
Berkeley, Sheri; Lindstrom, Jennifer H.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v43 n4 p48-55 Mar-Apr 2011
A fundamental problem for many struggling readers, their parents, and their teachers is that there are few benchmarks to guide decision making about assistive technological supports when the nature of a disability is cognitive (e.g., specific learning disability, SLD) rather than physical. However, resources such as the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials' Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Navigator can help with decisions regarding assistive technology (AT) options that may be beneficial in educational settings. Reading and comprehending are cognitive processes; the education field has been caught unprepared to address issues of using technology to compensate for cognitive impairments, and teachers may be unaware of how technology can help students who face difficulties in reading. This article discusses how free computer programs can be used to make text more accessible to students who struggle in the area of reading, including students with SLD. (Contains 4 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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