In 2009, Virginia and Indiana purchased unlimited site licenses of Read:OutLoud, our accessible text reader, to provide statewide reading accommodations for students with special needs. Since then, thousands of K-12 schools have jumped on board to provide access to required curriculum.
Today, more students than ever can read the latest eBook, download a digital textbook, use an accessible web browser and build study skills with Read:OutLoud. We’re proud of this accomplishment!
The K-12 movement toward accessible instruction materials (AIM) has led us to redesign University Editions of Read:OutLoud and Co:Writer. We’ve announced our new editions at the AHEAD conference (Association on Higher Education & Disability) this week in Denver, CO.
Our announcement comes just as an important letter from the Departments of Education and Justice have sent a clear reminder to presidents of U.S. colleges and universities about the importance of equal access for postsecondary students with disabilities. The letter specifically addresses eBook readers, quality text-to-speech and accessible book navigating features.
From my personal experience with dyslexia, technology can be a very powerful equalizer for individuals with disabilities in the real world. Tools like Read:OutLoud and Co:Writer can be extremely valuable for transitioning high school seniors, postsecondary students and veterans with disabilities.
Thanks for sharing our news about the University Editions! We’re certainly excited to support college students now who can have access to these beneficial tools. And we’re committed to helping more individuals with disabilities lead a successful and prosperous life in school and beyond.
Have a safe and fun-filled summer!
Update: As of October 28, 2015, Read:OutLoud University Edition and Co:Writer University Edition are no longer available for ordering.