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DIGITAL TALKING BOOK SERVICE FOR SCHOOLS

Presenter(s)
Maggie Tupman
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic Street Address: 1844-C West 11 ST
Upland, CA 91786
Phone: 909 949-4316
Email: mtupman@rfbd.org

Stacey Eubank
RFB&D
5022 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323 664-5525 ext 7
Email: seubank@rfbd.org

RFB&D, with the participation of VisuAide, has launched a Digital talking book service in schools across America starting in 2002. This seminar presents how Daisy talking books can benefit learning disable and visually impaired students in K-12 and colleges. The presentation will identify the challenges in deploying the technology, how the service is being used in various school environments and the benefits offered to students and their teachers. It will also presents how the various features of the playback devices lead to specific advantages in the classroom.

Today, millions of children in K-12 education have been identified with having a learning disability, most often with dyslexia. Most of these children are helped with special education services that mostly take the form of extra tutorial. For several years, RFB&D has offered audio talking books services. Originally this service was developed for visually impaired students who could not read print. Over the last twenty years, RFB&D and teachers have realized that audio books could help learning disabled students to cope with their disability in helping them to more easily "read" print documents by listening to the audio version. The introduction of digital talking books with better audio quality, faster navigation through textbooks and the reduction in size of the audio medium (CDs instead of multiple cassette tapes) contributes to make this technology more widely available to the learning disable.

Objectives of Presentation:

The presentation will discuss how Daisy talking books can benefit learning disable and visually impaired students in K-12 and colleges. The presentation will identify the challenges in deploying the technology and how the service provided by RFB&D is essential for its successful use. RFB&D has a proven track record in helping teachers, students and their parents incorporate the use of an audio accommodation in any current curriculum. The results of a research study, published in Learning Disability Quarterly (Summer 2003), conducted by Johns Hopkins University, demonstrated that by incorporating RFB&D's books on CD into the curriculum students showed a 38% increase in content acquisition. Students not using RFB&D's books on CD showed 21% content acquisition.

RFB&D's solutions also include value added training for playback devices, You will hear how RFB&D's accommodation is being used in various schools in California and across the nation . Additionally, you will know the benefits offered to students and their teachers. It will also present how the various features of the playback devices lead to specific advantages in the classroom.

It will also discuss the various type of digital talking book players in use in schools today and how school tend to select specific type of players to meet their needs. Finally, the presentation will discuss the prevalence of learning disability in US schools, how students are being diagnosed and the various services that are offered to help students to remedy their learning disability.

Outcomes for Audience:

Schools and other educational organizations will benefit from learning how digital audio books can help learning disable students better assimilate any educational material and progress more rapidly in their studies.


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