[Athen] ReadSpeak, Beeline reader

Sorensen, Neal B neal.sorensen at mnsu.edu
Wed Apr 1 11:28:34 PDT 2020

As a person with dyslexia, I found BeeLine reader to be helpful. Not sure I would pay for that functionality…

For ReadSpeaker, we had that integrated with the LMS at Aims Community College. While it is fairly rudimentary, it was helpful to have it built into D2L. It reportedly works in Respondus LockDown browser, though I haven’t tried it. Cengage has ReadSpeaker built in to their Cengage Unlimited book reader as well.

Neal Sorensen
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Access Specialist
Accessibility Resources
Minnesota State University, Mankato
132 Memorial Library
Mankato, MN 56001

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FAX: 507-389-1199
Email: neal.sorensen at mnsu.edu<mailto:neal.sorensen at mnsu.edu>

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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Heidi Scher
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 2:37 PM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] ReadSpeak, Beeline reader

Thanks, Susan. I noticed with Beeline Reader, it depends on whether or not I'm fighting a migraine as to whether it's helpful or distracting.

Hope you're staying safe and healthy!


On Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 2:23 PM Susan Kelmer <Susan.Kelmer at colorado.edu<mailto:Susan.Kelmer at colorado.edu>> wrote:
Beeline reader was a good option before, but then went to a pay model. I think it’s free right now because of *gestures to the world at large*. I didn’t find it that useful, as it really only did one thing – it puts a color gradient on all text, which is supposed to lead your eye from line to line. I just found it distracting.

*Please note: I am currently working remotely, so can be reached by email, Teams, or by cell at 303-475-7447.*

Susan Kelmer
Alternate Format Production Program Manager
Disability Services
Division of Student Affairs
T 303 735 4836

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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu<mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu>> On Behalf Of Heidi Scher
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Subject: [Athen] ReadSpeak, Beeline reader

Hello all!

Is anyone's institution using ReadSpeak on their websites or within their LMS (specifically Blackaboard when using the Respondus Lockdown Browser)?

Also, has anyone looked at the Beeline Reader?

Thanks for any info you can provide!

Heidi Scher, M.S., CRC
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