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Continuum of Technology Supports for Reading and Alternate Format

Proposal No: 2665

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  • Shannon Lavey, MS, OTR/L, Colorado State University

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

This presentation will provide information about the array of reading technology available for students with cognitive and learning disabilities to access their alternate format. These technology supports for reading will include assistive and mainstream technologies.


Staff at the Assistive Technology Resource Center at Colorado State University have implemented a process and guide to help students with cognitive and learning disabilities decide which reading technology and alternate format will best meet their needs. The presentation will share the information included in the guide which ranges from basic technology such as MP3 files and free text to speech programs, to more advanced software such as Read and Write Gold and Kurzweil 3000. The reading technology presented will include both assistive and mainstream technologies. The presentation will also include case studies based on actual students who went through this process to help determine the ideal technology and alternate format match.


  1. Learn the basic through advanced technology supports for reading.
  2. Learn which alternate formats are recommended for which reading technology.
  3. Apply the information learned to real-life case studies.

Speaker Bio(s)

Shannon Lavey

Shannon Lavey is the Student Service Coordinator at the Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) at CSU. The mission of the ATRC is to ensure equal access to technology and electronic information for CSU students and employees with disabilities. Shannon provides direct services to students and employees and is committed to continued research, education, and outreach of assistive technology.


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