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Updated: Mar 30, 2020

Assistive technology can help individuals who struggle with reading by presenting text as speech. While each technology works a little differently, all of these tools help facilitate decoding, reading fluency, and comprehension (i.e. digital organizers and text to audio software).

Here is a list of my favourite assistive technology tools, strategies, websites for struggling readers.

FREE content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning from Kindergarten to 12th Grade.

Newsela is a database of current events stories tailor-made for classroom use. Indexed by broad theme (e.g. War and Peace, Arts, Science, Health, Law, Money), stories are both student-friendly and can be accessed in different formats by reading level. UseNewsela to differentiate nonfiction reading.

CommonLit is a free online reading program for students in grades 3-12. Teachers can access high-interest informational and literary texts, standards-aligned assessments, and more.

Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Sora is a K-12 app designed around the modern reading experience that empowers students and educators with access to an extensive selection of books.

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