Assistive technology teachers working at schools in the Fairfax County, VA school district–one of the largest in the United States–are finding that the use of audiobooks is improving access to grade-level content while also developing the love of reading that motivates many students to continue improving.

Two assistive technology teachers shared their experiences and recommendations during a recent edWebinar led by Terrie Noland, vice president of educator initiatives at Learning Ally. The teachers explained how Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides assistive technology support to struggling readers and their teachers, and how the audiobooks in particular are having a very positive impact.

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With over 180,000 students, FCPS is the currently the 10th largest school district in the U.S., and it encompasses tremendous diversity in regard to income levels and the number of languages spoken there. About 15 percent of the students are classified as having special needs, and other students in the district have similar characteristics and have also been found to benefit from the use of assistive technologies. As of one of the edWebinar participants recommended, “Don’t wait—accommodate.”

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Robert Low has worked in educational publishing for more than 30 years. His experience ranges from editing and product management to online advertising and content development. He also works with edWeb.net to write articles on their professional learning edWebinars.


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