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Assistive Technologies for Reading


Educational Leadership Volume 63, Number 4, ISSN 0013-1784


Although approximately half of the six million students receiving specialized services for an identified disability are learning disabled, research shows that assistive technologies are far more commonly used with students who manifest physical or sensory disabilities than they are with those with learning disabilities. Assistive technology can help students with learning disabilities struggling to master grade-level work in inclusive classrooms. Hasselbring and Bausch describe two computer software applications that support learning disabled students in reading material at grade level: Read & Write Gold and READ 180. Read & Write Gold uses synthetic speech to read text aloud while a student watches the text scroll on a computer screen, and includes features to help hesitant writers compose. READ 180 strengthens students' reading experiences and skills by supplying "anchor videos" giving overall background for various topics. The program presents a passage related to the content of the video, comprehension questions, and instruction that helps readers decode and more deeply understand any words they may read haltingly.


Hasselbring, T.S. & Bausch, M.E. (2006). Assistive Technologies for Reading. Educational Leadership, 63(4), 72-75. Retrieved September 27, 2020 from .

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