Good Tidings and Good Books to You: Audiobooks, Apps & Accessories for the Holidays
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Bookshare is a service that offers accessible books to children and adults with print disabilities. If your child cannot read traditional print books because of a visual impairment, physical disability, severe learning disability or print disability, Bookshare can help! Bookshare books are available as audiobooks, enlarged fonts and braille. The service is free to US students who have a qualifying disability. An application must be completed and signed by a professional in the area of the disability. Bookshare books can be accessed online or through an app. Apps that support Bookshare are Capti Voice (available for iPhone and iPad) and Voice Dream Reader (available for iPhone, iPad and Android). Learn more at bookshare.org or watch a short video.
Audible is an app from Amazon. Audible allows you to purchase and download audiobooks to listen to. Audible has high quality audiobooks and has a large variety. Audible is similar to the Kindle app in that you have to purchase the audiobooks from www.audible.com or www.amazon.com. You cannot buy the audiobooks directly from the app. The Audible app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle and Windows. If you purchase a book on Kindle, you can read along as you listen on Audible. Read how to give the gift of an Audible subscription here: https://www.audible.com/mt/giftmembership.
OverDrive is a free service offered by public libraries and schools that lets you borrow eBooks and audiobooks. The books are selected by the libraries so each library gives you access to slightly different books. Overdrive can access over 30,000 public libraries. Overdrive has their own app but Overdrive books can be read on a Kindle app as well. There is also an app called Libby that is available for iPad and iPhones, Android and Windows and allows access to Overdrive. You need an Overdrive account. Go to your public library website to find out how to sign up.
If you are interested in searching for more apps, creating your own list of apps and sharing them, please go to BridgingApps.org. BridgingApps, a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston, is a community of parents, therapists, doctors and teachers who share information about using mobile devices with people who have special needs.
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Betsy Furler is a consultant with BridgingApps, a speech pathologist and the mother of two children, one with special needs.
Amy Barry is the Content Manager and Editor at BridgingApps and mother of five children.
Cristen Reat is co-founder of BridgingApps and a mother who found success when using a mobile device with her children who have special needs. We share a passion for using mobile technology to enhance the lives of people of all ages with disabilities.