Instructional or Access Area


    Sample Tasks:

    Identify letters in isolation and in sequence

    Recognize/read name

    Read basic/primer sight words

    Read functional words (community, emergency, grocery, etc.)

    Read target/selected words within a sentence

    Comprehend age/grade appropriate reading materials

    Read print materials from textbooks and supplemental materials with comprehension

    Read material from worksheet with comprehension

    Read material from board/overhead with comprehension

    Read material from computer display with comprehension

    Read longer reading samples with comprehension and without fatigue

    Answer literal questions regarding materials read

    Answer questions regarding main idea of materials read

    Answer inferential questions regarding materials read





    Standard Tools




    Printed information on board/overhead

    Printed test materials

    Instructional software to remediate basic reading and/or reading comprehension skills





    Modifications and Accommodations of Task and Expectations


    Peer/adult reading assistance

    High interest, low reading level materials

    Increased time for completing reading materials

    Decreased length of assignment

    Simplify complexity of text

    Color coding to emphasize key points (highlighting)

    Custom vocabulary list Increase print size of materials through photocopying





    Assistive Technology Solutions


    Page fluffers

    Slant board and book holders for positioning books

    Color Overlays

    Tracking strategies (e.g. reading window, bar magnifier)

    Speaking spellchecker or dictionary as a word recognition aid(e.g. Speaking Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus)

    Reading Pen (e.g. Readingpen)

    Audio-taped books (e.g.books-on-tape from Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic)

    Electronic books (e.g. disk or CD-ROM)

    Computer-based talking word processing

    program (e.g. Write OutLoud, E-Text Reader, Classroom Suite)

    Computer with graphic word processor (e.g. Writing with Symbols)

    Computer with text enlargement software (e.g. ZoomText)

    Computer with text reading software (e.g. ReadPlease, JAWS, Kurzweil 1000)

    Computer-based advanced reading and writing aids (e.g. Kurzweil 3000, WYNN, Read & Write Gold)

    Solutions for converting text into alternative format (e.g. scanner with OCR software, Braille translation software, Braille printer/embosser, refreshable Braille displays, and tactile graphic production systems, etc.)