Finding The Right AT Reading Tools

Determination of need is the starting point in determining appropriate reading tools.  A process called SETT is designed to look at the Student, Environment, Task, and Tools.

  • Student: List student strengths and areas of concern.  Determine if the student can gain information from standard print-based instructional materials, needs the materials in a specialized format, or needs modified content or alternative materials.
  • Environment: List places where the student interacts. School, home, classes  in the school, community, work.
  • Task: List the print materials that are used across the curriculum.  Consider the instructional context in which they are used. Select which formats the student needs.  Determine which materials are needed in the selected format.
  • Tool: After the other areas are discussed, listing tools that have been tried in the past and then possible tools that will help meet the concerns in the SETT areas.

SETT Resources:

Online Digital Library

Bookshare is an online library of digital books available for individuals with print disabilities. Individuals are enrolled in Bookshare and then are able to download books, textbooks, magazines, and newspapers into a variety of digital formats.The following districts have a process to enroll members in Bookshare.Please contact your districts liaison for more information:

  • Bend La-Pine – Lori Witty
  • Crook County – Carrie Rosvold
  • Jefferson County – Sherri Fessler
  • Redmond – Jennifer Waterman
  • High Desert ESD – Melanie Schaefer

AT reading resources

Visual dictionaries and thesaurus:

  • Children’s picture dictionary:

Text to speech plug in for Microsoft Word (Word Talk):


Free open source software for reading, writing, and organization (PC only) (My Study Bar)


Internet Public Library–
CAST reading resources:
Into the Book: Reading comprehension strategies
Online books read aloud: Storylineonline: Books read by the screen actors guild

Reading formats to chose from

   google picGoogle Chrome iPad_5_1iDevices android picAndroid Devices mac and pcComputers and Laptops


AT Reading Technology (Premiere)

Converting printed worksheets and forms for computer screens:

Adding voice/audio to electronic text documents:

Converting text to speech: