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Bridging the Reading Gap
Students who struggle to read face many learning challenges. COVID-19 and distance learning has threatened to widen reading and learning gaps for struggling readers, especially in our most vulnerable communities.

Megan Shanley is an Assistive Technology Practitioner and an Occupational Therapist for Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico’s largest school district. More than 50% of the students in Megan's district receive free or reduced cost lunches, two-thirds of the students are Hispanic, and a large number of her students have a range of disabilities. Most lack access to technology. Megan will share how she uses tools like Bookshare, a FREE tool, to support students with dyslexia, visual impairment, and physical disabilities.

Then, stay for a hands on demonstration of Bookshare, where our staff will show you how to make the most of your Bookshare account and get your students reading. All attendees will have the opportunity to log onto Bookshare.org and participate in guided instruction.

This event is for district staff and educators in underserved schools, who support students with reading barriers such as general and special education, related services and school administrators

Live captions with StreamText will be available during the event.

Apr 22, 2021 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Bookshare, a Benetech Initiative
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Speakers

Megan Shanley
Assistive Technology Specialist and Occupational Therapist @Albuquerque Public Schools
Megan is a qualified Assistive Technology Specialist who works as an OT in an underserved district where 68% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Many of her students have limited access to technology. She will share her experience implementing Bookshare for student success within her district. Megan's personal journey started as a student with dyslexia, finding accessible reading materials through her Bookshare membership.
Lara Rondberg
Associate Relationship Manager for Benetech’s Global Literacy Program @Bookshare, a Benetech initiative
Lara has a passion for leveraging technology to help people with disabilities increase knowledge, skills, and independence. She has worked on a variety of public health and educational programs for both the federal government and national non-profit organizations including United Cerebral Palsy and The Arc of the U.S. in Washington D.C. An integral member of Bookshare's outreach team, Lara supports efforts to expand Bookshare in K-12 and other settings.