Thursday, July 23, 2020

Adaptive Literacy Resources Online

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Updated from original post on 3/16/20

Looking for adaptive literacy resources online for youth and/or emerging readers with disabilities to engage with virtually? Families might not be able to attend an adaptive story time at the library right now, but here are some wonderful resources in the meantime.

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American Society for Deaf Children's directory of Children's Stories in ASL is a very comprehensive list, organized by grade and also title.

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Check out this ongoing compilation of ASL stories, eBooks, and other ASL educational resources for #OperationASLStorytime from the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre.

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DPAN.TV: The Sign Language Channel is offering Kids Stories in ASL!

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The Center for Accessible Technology in Sign (CATS), a joint project between the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf and the Georgia Institute of Technology, has a video library of songs, rhymes, reference sources, poetry, stories and more in American Sign Language.

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The Tar Heel Reader is a fantastic open source digital library of accessible, easy-to-read books online. These speech enabled stories geared to emerging readers are accessible on multiple interfaces and the site is available in 9 languages.

Unite for Literacy provides a free library of engaging digital picture books geared to emerging readers, complete with audio narration options in a variety of languages. 

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Check to see if your library's OverDrive collection has any of the new ASL Signed Stories on eVideo, in addition to titles on eAudio for youth who are blind or have low vision. OverDrive also offers accessibility options, such as dyslexia font.

Bookshare offers the world’s largest collection of accessible titles. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading.

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If your child is eligible, check out the many downloadable books in braille and audio from BARD. Be  sure to also check with your local/state Braille and Talking Book Library.

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Check out some recent posts about virtual services and multisensory literacy activities for youth with multiple disabilities on the Paths to Literacy blog.

While this is a good start, it is by no means a complete list. Let me know if you have any free adaptive literacy resources online to add to the list.

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