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An excellent resource for print-disabled learners

A student with a severely impaired sight visited the Petroc library last week looking for books on his reading list. He needed books in a PDF or eBook format that he could find and download easily onto his iPad so that he could listen using his text to speech reader.

After a bit of research we came across RNIB bookshare. This is a fabulous resource of textbooks across a broad range of subjects and levels provided for print-disabled learners including those with dyslexia or who are blind or partially sighted.

Petroc library has now registered and been approved as an educational institution which means that we can create lists of titles for individual students which they can access easily. They can download individual titles in PDF, Epub or a structured Word document format onto their personal devices for use with their preferred readers.

Our student was delighted and now has straight forward access quite a few of the books from his list. Teaching staff with other visually impaired students who might benefit from this service are invited to contact the library.


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