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by NYMetroParents Staff

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If your child has a learning difference like dyslexia, they may qualify for free digital books and reading tools from Bookshare, a literacy solution of Benetech, a nonprofit funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

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Have you been told your child has a learning difference like dyslexia? Do they have trouble reading print due to a physical disability or visual impairment? If so, your child may qualify for free digital books and reading tools from Bookshare. Students who have a learning disability, a visual impairment, or a physical disability qualify for free memberships.

Already, over 200,000 students are reading digital books; these books help students read independently and perform better in school. Many students who previously didn’t like reading have become readers. There are over 150,000 books available, including all the popular literature, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, reference books, as well as books on any topic your child might be interested in.

If this sounds like a good fit for your child, there are two ways to get them a membership.

1. At your next parent/teacher conference, ask your child's teacher if they can sign your child up for Bookshare. They can start the sign up process here. The teacher will certify that your child has a qualifying disability. Once your child is signed up at school, the teachers will be able to download books for him/her. Watch this video to learn more.

2. Get your child an individual membership. It’s like an unlimited library card. Your child will be able to explore the library, download books, and read on their own. Here’s a guide to the process.

Bookshare is a literacy solution of Benetech, a nonprofit funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Explore the parent and training pages on the Bookshare website to learn more.


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