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Audio-Supported Reading


Audio-Supported Reading in Action: New Tools, Increased Proficiency

Audio-Supported Reading for Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

When I first experienced audio-supported reading I was reading print at 175 words per minute, and then when I increased the speech rate and listened at the same time my fluency went up to 400 words per minute.

Richard Jackson, 2013

Audio-supported reading (ASR) is a technology-based approach for accessing and working with text presented in either braille or enlarged (magnified) print. This approach allows a user to listen to a spoken version of text while looking at screen-displayed print or touching braille. In ASR, both the rate of information pick up and the portion of attention paid to braille or print—in combination with speech—can be controlled by the user. With sufficient practice, both braille readers and magnified print readers can greatly increase the rate at which they move through text using ASR.

Download the  Audio-Supported Reading for Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired paper by Dr. Richard Jackson.


Audio-Supported Reading (ASR)

Technique used to support the rapid reading of digital text by displaying portions of text with synthesized speech.

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Equipment or system where principal function is creation, conversion, duplication, control, display, interchange, transmission, reception, or broadcast of data.

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Braille, audio, and digital text graphic

What resources are available to get started with ASR?

There are numerous combinations of hardware and software for ASR and it is important that individual users test out several combinations to determine what works best under various conditions. The Getting Started with ASR guide for parents, students, and teachers offers those who are new to ASR information needed to get started quickly and easily.

Foundations in Audio-Supported Reading for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired with An Annotated Bibliography provides an introduction to and resources for curriculum development in several knowledge areas with a focus on combining literacy, aural language, and technology.

Audio-Supported Reading and Students with Learning Disabilities

Part I of this paper describes the evolution of the concept of “specific learning disability” under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004. Part II discusses the ways in which accessible educational materials (AEM) can be used to support specific reading-related needs of students with learning disabilities. Part III provides a summary of ASR technique and examines the limited research pertaining to ASR and students with learning disabilities. Finally, Part IV presents key considerations for future work in this area. Download the Audio-Supported Reading for Students with Learning Disabilities AEM publication by Dr. Richard Jackson.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Federal law governing rights of children with disabilities to receive free and appropriate public education in least restrictive environment.

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Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)

Print- and technology-based educational materials designed to be usable across the widest range of individual variability.

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