HOW-TO: A Look at our Accessible Audio Book Lesson Plans

All of our resources follow a unique and consistent format. We do this to maximize the ease-of-use of the lesson plan, and to ensure each resource will fit within every teacher’s pedagogy. To learn more, please read our blog post on our Teaching Pedagogy.

In order to meet our teachers’ needs, we also provide our content in a variety of formats. Our Accessible Audio Book format contains a variety of features designed to be more accessible for those with visual impairments, learning disabilities or physical disabilities that impede the ability to manipulate content in some way. The content is formatted in small chunks and presented in a logical reading order, making each lesson straightforward and easy to follow. Learners can enlarge or reduce text size, and click to activate the embedded text to speech function. Clear visible contrasting images and text for clear visibility help describe further information.

How to Use an Accessible Audio Book Lesson Plan

To start, search our website for the lesson plan you want to purchase. Select “Accessible Audio eBook - .PDF” from the “Choose Your Version” section of the product page. Then add it to your cart. Bonus, there’s no shipping cost for Accessible Audio Books as they are delivered as an eBook download. Upon completion of the checkout process, you will be taken to a page to download your product. You will also receive an email with your download link. Depending on your internet connection and the size of the PDF, the download will happen within minutes. Typically, the download will automatically appear in your “Downloads” folder on your computer.

Now you can share the resource with your students. You will receive a PDF document that you can share with your students. There is no software required to download in order for the Accessible Audio Book to work, as it’s a standard PDF that can be opened on any device. All of the features are built right into the PDF, so no alternative programs are needed.

Key features of the Accessible Audio Book that differentiate it from a regular eBook include:

  • Each page includes an audio portion.
  • Click on the red audio icons or play buttons to hear the text read aloud.
  • Enlarge the page with the plus and minus buttons in the top right corner.
  • Use the helpful mouse cursor icon to see, at a glance, what elements are interactive.
  • The blue book icon lets you know there’s a reading component.
  • The blue finger icon tells you there’s an action to complete.
  • Type your answers in the designated boxes. Then, press the red answer buttons to see if you are right.
  • Clear all the answers on the page with the navy reset answers button.
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