Connor Reads with Bookshare, iPad, and Ebooks

Lovely article from the CP Family Network about a 7th grade boy who has cerebral palsy and uses switches. He’s has started to read with the freedom of an iPad and the Read2Go DAISY reader app.

In the past, Connor depended on his mom or an aide to hold a book steady or turn a page. His reading assignments had to be requested in large print, but that often took weeks – which left him always in catch up mode. Now, he doesn’t rely on others much and reads digital books from a stationary stand on his wheelchair from his iPad. “He can follow the text and has better eye tracking,” adds Meadows.

The article also describes some of the fantastic advances Connor has made in other areas as he’s been able to read more:

“As Connor’s reading skills improved, so did his ability to communicate,” shared Meadows. “His sentences got longer using his Dynavox and head switch.”

The article describes Connor using BookShare – a service that’s free for USA based students with a qualifying print disability. “Qualifying print disability” here means students who are blind, have low vision, dyslexia or similar neurological problems, or physical disabilities that impair their ability to hold a book and turn pages. Qualifying people outside the USA or who aren’t students can pay a yearly membership, and of course there are many other sources of electronic books like the iTunes Store and if you don’t come under any of these categories. I am a member of Bookshare myself, although I prefer to read my ebooks visually so I don’t use the Read2Go app described in the article.

Best of luck to Connor Meadows in all his future endeavours!

– Ricky

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