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A summer reading program for students who read differently
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eschoolnews.com - “Summer Reading Together” program aims to level the playing field for studentspic6 Research shows that summer reading helps reduce “summer slide” for all students, and experts indicate that reading at least 20 minutes a day outside of the school year ensures that students continue to grow and develop. Students with learning disabilities face the greatest challenges in access to reading year-round; and because of their disability, they are often left out of traditional programs, which can damage self-esteem and cause them to fall behind in school. That’s why Learning Ally, a national not-for-profit organization serving students with learning and visual disabilities has kicked off its “Summer Reading Together” program — an initiative designed specifically for students with reading disabilities, such as dyslexia and blindness or visual impairment. Students enrolled in Learning Ally access the organization’s online audiobook library — 82,000 human-narrated textbooks and literature titles – via personal computers, smartphones, Chromebooks, and Apple or Android tablets. During the 2015-2016 school year, Learning Ally students in more than 10,000 schools across the US, read more than 20 million pages using this audiobook technology. Read the full article at eschoolnews.com


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