Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Accessible Books

What is an accessible book?

From Special Education Technology - British Columbia (SET-BC)

Screen shot of Red is Best accessible book.Accessible Books are popular children’s books that have been “recreated” through the use of scanning and recording to enable the non-reader to access them via technology. The graphics and text of a selected book are displayed on the computer screen with narration added through either digitized (human reader) or synthesized (computer speech) speech. These books are created using software applications with graphics and speech capabilities that enable switch and adapted access methods.

Accessible Books are generally at the emergent through early conventional reading levels, from pre-primer to approximately the grade 3 reading level.

Books for the Accessible collection are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Where text comprehension is enhanced through pictures.
  • Where there is good children’s literature.
  • Where curriculum content is at early reading levels.
  • Where there is locally relevant content.

Accessible Book collage