View Full Version : Does anyone here use Bookshare?

03-18-2012, 12:42 PM
I'm am wanting to sign up for Bookshare for my ds13. He has dyslexia so I think this will be of great benefit.

I asked if I could have our homeschool evaluator sign the form, she is a certified teacher, but they didn't seem to like that. It has to be someone who is specifically special education. And it can't even be our pediatrician either, has to be a specialist. We have a neurologist for his seizure disorder, do you think this would work?

If you use this service, who did you have sign the form?

I would be willing to just pay the $50. per year for the service, but I can't seem to find how to do that though they say you can. I'm stumped.

03-18-2012, 09:53 PM
My local public school special Ed department signed for my ds. I called and talked to them, then faxed his testing / evaluation papers to them. They signed the Bookshare form and faxed it to Bookshare for me. Done!

It IS worth it for my ds.

04-02-2012, 08:33 AM
Ds13 was accepted to Bookshare :clap: I showed it to him on Friday and he seems excited to be able to read harder books "on his own" with the help of the Daisy reader.

We love reading aloud and I know ds13 loves it too. So some things I'll still be reading, but I'm hoping this will boost his own reading abilities as he can follow along while the computer reads it.

Esther--- how does your son use Bookshare? Does he use it mainly for school subjects or for personal reading? I see they have some Life of Fred, and some Apologia. I'm thinking it'll be great for literature and language arts.

Also, the voice sound/computer reading sometimes lags, and words get a little jumbled together. Do you have that problem? Or could it possibly be our computer?

04-02-2012, 09:19 PM
We use the App by Bookshare and it seems to do okay. Ds listens to a few merit badge books(they don't have many), required reading books for school, and some extra supplemental things. He prefers REAL audio books to this, but it works for what he uses it for and I think will be more beneficial to him as he moves up in grade level.

We've used it for history texts and science reading and just about every subject really. I love the independence it gives him.