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    Under the student's recent books next to the downloaded textbook (World History by Ellis and Esler) it says " This book is not available in Web reader. You can download it in another format." Does this mean the book is too complicated for Web reader and that my next option is to purchase and use captivoice?
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    Can a NIMAC textbook acquired through bookshare be read on a Chromebook? And if so what format?
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    Feature Matching

    Usually we start with "what does the student need", so I think features first then the platform then reading tools that are supported on selected platform. Although if a readily available platform can not provide the priority features, the team is obliged to consider the platform that does. For my Bookshare TTT course thru Perkins I just completed, I adapted an existing feature matching grid (developed by Joy Zabala, for her SETT protocol) for AEM. As I was identifying the features, I was running out of room on my paper grid, so thought maybe 2 grids need to be developed (if using a form). One for features specific to those that are visually impaired and a grid for a physical and reading disability. If you'd like to see it, I can send it to an email.
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    Feature Matching

    Hi, I think it would be very helpful for Bookshare to have available as a resource a feature matching checklist for the decision-making process for determining which type of accessible format a student requires and what features that student requires (read aloud, adj voice rate, adjust backgrd and text color, highlight spoken word, navigation, refreshable braille, etc) when accessing the format, and then selecting the tool that delivers that format with required features. Teams would be able to print the form, or complete the form digitally or online. Perhaps this is already available @ and I haven't been able to find it.