[Athen] Firefly question related to assisting general education population

Wink Harner winkharner at mesacc.edu
Tue Nov 8 17:03:21 PST 2011

Just an FYI the books in digital format directly from publishers are NOT
pdf reader accessible or compatible and nothing our offices can do can
crack the code to make a screen reader work on them. Sorry to be the
bearer of discouraging news...you've got such a great array of programs
and are so enthusiastic about finding a resource for these undiagnosed low
readers. When students get a CD/DVD format book, all it really allows them
to do is read it on a computer instead of in paper format.


Ms. Wink Harner
Disability Resources & Services
Mesa Community College
1833 W. Southern Avenue
Mesa AZ 85202

Fax: 480-461-7907

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Subject: [Athen] Firefly question related to assisting general education

I'm new to the list - please forgive if the answer has been discussed
already, but the Firefly topic fits along with the current issue I'm
working on which is figuring out how to use literacy software at the
college level to help struggling students that are not diagnosed with a
print disability and not receiving services from university student
disability services. Do you have advice on what the best steps are for
obtaining their textbook in digital format since they won't be eligible
for Bookshare? Can one successfully use "fair use" to scan chapters of the
textbook and convert it to use in one of these literacy software tools? We
have WYNN, Kurzweil, Read Write Gold, and Read Outloud, Cowriter, Write
Outloud, Draft Builder, and just learned about University Read Ou loud and
Cowriter today. Is it best to have the student request the book store
request the publisher's digital format - i.e. PDF, Html, etc. ? Any advice
on what the favorite software tools are for students who can benefit from
these literacy support products?

Brenda Dawes, Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Program Manager
1514 W. Hall of Fame Stillwater, OK  74078
405.744.5170 or 800.257.1705
brenda.dawes at okstate.edu
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