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Technology for the Struggling Reader: Free and Easily Accessible Resources
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TEACHING Exceptional Children Volume 43, Number 4, ISSN 0040-0599

Abstract

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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Berkeley, S. & Lindstrom, J.H. (2011). Technology for the Struggling Reader: Free and Easily Accessible Resources. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 43(4), 48-55. Retrieved September 23, 2020 from .

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