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Do you have a child who finds it very difficult or impossible to read traditional print books? Has your child struggled with reading schoolwork or popular books like Harry Potter or Twilight? If your child struggles with reading due to a print disability like blindness, low vision, a physical disability or severe learning disability like dyslexia, he or she may qualify for free digital talking books and assistive reading technology from Bookshare.


Bookshare ( is a nonprofit online library that has over 68,000 digital books that can be accessed by students with qualified print disabilities. Using assistive reading software, students can listen to books, read the words as they are being highlighted on the computer screen, or both at the same time. With Bookshare, students can begin to build reading and studying independence.


Qualified students can get free access to Bookshare both at school and at home through an award from the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Bookshare and how your child may be able to access its great book collection and technology by visiting the Bookshare website ( or attending a webinar for parents in Iowa (webinar link here).


Parent Webinar Descriptions:


Title: Bookshare 101 for Parents


Join Bookshare and the Iowa Department of Education to learn about free reading resources for qualified Iowa students. Students who struggle with reading due to a print disability like blindness, low vision, physical disabilities, and severe learning disabilities like dyslexia qualify for free access to Bookshare, a nonprofit online library with over 68,000 digital books and free assistive reading software that can be installed at home. In this webinar, you will learn:


  • What is Bookshare?
  • How does Bookshare help students with print disabilities?
  • Who is eligible for Bookshare and how do students sign up?
  • How can parents help their children?


Sign up today!