Thursday, September 29, 2016

Overcoming Print Disabilities with eBooks

Those who experience a print disability, may also experience frustration or even embarrassment when interacting with traditional print materials. Simply stated, a print disability is a physical or cognitive condition that hinders a person from reading printed text. Thankfully in a day and age of technology, there are many options for e-readers for those classified with a print disability. This post, compiled by PCCSA,  shares 5 different e-book options available for students to use for both academic and pleasure reading.

If you cannot read traditional print books because of a visual impairment, physical disability or severe learning disability, Bookshare can help!
Our books are “accessible,” which means you can read our books many different ways.
Bookshare offers the world’s largest collection of accessible titles.

*As a district, we suggest that you sign-up for an Individual Bookshare account.
This allows the parent/guardian to access all books for their student, it is not tied to a teacher's account and/or book list.
Who qualifies?
Click here to get started with Bookshare

With OverDrive, ​you can borrow and enjoy free eBooks, audiobooks, and more from your public library's digital collection. OverDrive is available across a wide range of devices and platforms. All you need to get started is an internet connection, and a public library card.
Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from in-need households. These eBooks can be read without checkouts or holds.

​The goal of Open eBooks is to encourage a love of reading and serve as a gateway to children reading even more often, whether in school, at libraries, or through other eBook reading apps.

*The PCCS A&IT Department has offered training to staff and parents of students with IEP's.
If your student has an IEP, please contact their case manager for access code/PINs.  
hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks. Choose among free epub books and free kindle books, which you can download or read them online.

No fee or registration is required, but if you find Project Gutenberg useful, they kindly ask you to donate a small amount so they can buy and digitize more books.

Click here to get started with Project Gutenberg


  1. Love your blog! As an edtech blogger, I really enjoy reading about adaptive technologies and the endless possibilities for helping out the SPED kiddos. You've got a new subscriber from : )

    1. Thank you Cat! So happy you found your way here and are finding the posts insightful! Looking forward to checking out your blog too!


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