[nabs] Preferred medium for college texts
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bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 3 17:11:30 EDT 2011
Same here. I actually like the learning ally books; they are portable via a
I like listening to a human voice read.
I rarely had an issue taking notes; if I could not spell a word/phrase, I
guessed its spelling and asked a reader or classmate to tell me the spelling
But like you I had problems when I needed to quote from a text for a paper
or homework. I also
encountered a few classes that let students
use the textbooks on tests. In these instances, I
brought a hard copy of the text to the exam and used a reader to look up
anything I needed. For this to work you have to know the material well
though and guide your reader to the right key words and preferabily the
It depends on how you learn. I think your DSO should provide a word copy if
you prefer that over Learning Ally audio. Some readers through them are of
poor quality; that rarely happened with me though. Having a poor reader will
impact your learning.
From: Rhonda Partain
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2011 10:29 AM
To: Discussion list for NABS,National Alliance of Blind Students.
Subject: Re: [nabs] Preferred medium for college texts
I only found issues when I need to quote from a text that was recorded. I
also had a class that let students use their text books for tests, so if I
had had a Word file it would have been easier. There were questions about
what percentage of students in the xyz s study said this, really minute
items that one wouldn't think of writing down....most of the time recordings
work, but I don't see why the school can't contact the publishers to acquire
a Word or PDF copy for you.
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From: "Anjelina" <anjelinac26 at gmail.com>
To: <nabs at acb.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2011 7:22 AM
Subject: [nabs] Preferred medium for college texts
> Hi all,
> I bet lots of us are trying to acquire books for the semester, search the
> various databases to find the format which works best. How do you prefer
> to read your texts?
> Most of the required books I need are available through Learning Ally.
> Since this is the case I've been informed the DS office is not required to
> contact publishers for electronic formats. I'm fine with purchasing the
> books and scanning them if I must. If you use Learning Ally as your
> primary medium, if you found you've missed information such as spelling,
> or am I worrying for nothing?
> Thanks for your feedback
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