Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities
Literacy for Everyone
Let's explore what "reading and writing" means from an inclusive lens, provide educators and family members with useful tools, and support all students along their learning journey. The content in this website stems from research and findings in everyone's ability to learn, along with the authors' passion and advocacy in leveraging technology to empower individuals in achieving their potential.
Accessible Online Book Collections
Tar Heel Reader
The Tar Heel Reader website is a free online library for emergent and beginning readers. Tar Heel Reader provides access to easy-to-read books on topics that may be of interest to older students. It also offers the capability for parents and educators to create personalized books for learners.
Bookshare is an accessible online ebook library for educators, students, parents, and adults. People with disabilities and reading barriers can find books and customize their reading experience.
Tumble Book Library
Tumble Book Library is an online database of children's e-books, with a premium subscription option that offers over 1,100 titles for K-6 students that includes animated, talking picture books and videos.
Stories to Grow By
Stories to Grow By is a free online resource that offers bedtime stories, folktales from different places around the world, and a section for educators that includes activity guides and lesson plans.
Online Stories Read Aloud
Storyline Online offers videos where famous actors (such as Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, and Kevin Costner) read storybooks to improve literacy, foster communication skills, and encourage a passion for reading in children.
The International Children's Digital Library offers a selection of online books categorized by language, format, genre, characters, and fiction/non-fiction. Its mission is to promote education and awareness for diverse cultures through access to global children's literature.
Scholastic Storia is subscription-based and offers a comprehensive collection of ebooks for teachers, administrators, librarians, parents, and children. It offers options such as customizable ebook library for classrooms, a record of reading progress, and digital tools and quizzes.
Digital Book Creation Apps
BookCreator provides educators with additional tools by allowing students to demonstrate their understanding through the creation of a book. It promotes collaboration, engages reluctant writers, and allows for the publication of materials to targeted audiences.
With a team of educators, authors, and artists on board, Storybird encourages students to unlock their creative potential and increase their writing skills by creating comics, picture books, poems, short stories, and picture books through the use of their creative, art-inspired writing platform.