Accessible e-Text (Digital) Educational Materials and Resources

Best practices are to create, maintain, and support students with Accessible Educational Materials (AEM). This will allow students to access grade-level content independently and access content at their comprehension level. While this is a resource for available audiobooks and other reading supports, please be mindful that students who need accessible formats of text (audio, digital, braille, and large print), should have access to these needed formats for ALL classroom materials.

CAST has created an Accessibility Standards, Specifications & Guidelines resource. This page provides links to resources pertaining to accessibility standards, specifications, and guidelines that may prove useful to publishers, developers, educators, and others who create content to support the education of children and adults. 

Please note: Not all Open Educational Resources (OER) are accessible and "digital" does not necessarily mean accessible. Always check for accessibility and/or recreate to make accessible. It is best practice for accessibility to have closed captions turned on for all videos.

The Indiana Center for Accessible Materials (ICAM) mission is to assist Indiana's Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in meeting the NIMAS regulations of the IDEA reauthorization of 2004 by securing accessible textbooks and core curriculum materials in accessible formats in a timely manner, for students with a documented print disability.
Free for qualifying students in Indiana public K-12 schools

Accessibility features built within devices - If online content on a device is accessible, built-in screen readers, as well as multiple other accessibility options will speak the online content for auditory readers. Please contact a PATINS specialist for assistance.


Mackin™ delivers a digital/audio solution for students who require accessible formats of print instructional materials, giving them access to over 70,000 titles including current popular fiction as well as many of the classics.
Free for qualifying students in Indiana public K-12 schools

Amazon Kindle - eBooks
Subscription & Free

Apple Books - eBooks
Free and paid

Bookshare - Bookshare makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading.
Free for qualifying students

CK-12 Foundation is a California-based non-profit organization that provides free and customizable K-12 open educational resources aligned to state curriculum standards.
Free

Curriki offers educator-vetted, openly licensed, online educational materials for use, reuse, adaptation, and sharing through their Library of free and open teaching and learning resources
Free 

Epic is the world's leading online children's subscription book service offering immediate, on-demand access to over 40,000 high-quality illustrated books and chapter books for children ages 12 and under. Epic's ever-expanding library also includes thousands of Read-to-Me books, Audiobooks, educational videos, and fun educational quizzes. Partnerships with leading publishers, including HarperCollins and National Geographic, bring age-appropriate, award-winning fiction and non-fiction books to your child's fingertips. During school with Epic School: From 7 am to 4 pm local time M-F, students can log in from anywhere using their class code and read for as long as they want between 7 am to 4 pm. Educators can access Epic School at any time or day. Epic School is always free for our educators. After school with Epic Free: In addition to all the reading time that they get with Epic School, students can also read after-school or after 4 pm local time, M-F, for free on Epic Free. Epic Free is also available for students to access at any time on the weekends. But unlike Epic School, there is a time duration limit! Students can read on Epic Free for up to 2 hours per week. Also, students will need their parents’ help to unlock Epic Free with a parent email. Parents only need to provide their email address during the sign-up 
Free for teachers

hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, eBooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. (Check your local library to see if this digital option is available)
Free with a library card

Learning Ally - With an extensive library of high quality, human-read audiobooks, student-centric features and a suite of teacher resources, our solution provides equitable access to your curriculum in a format struggling readers can easily absorb, allowing them to achieve their academic potential.
Paid for qualifying students

Libby by OverDrive - Borrow and read eBooks and audiobooks from your local public library. (Check your local library to see if this digital option is available)
Free with a library card

LibriVox - Public domain audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world. LibriVox audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to on their computers, iPods, or other mobile device, or to burn onto a CD.
Free

Loyal Books - Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Free

OER Commons - (Please note: not all OER is accessible and will need to be checked for accessibility and/or recreated to make it accessible) OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.
Free

PBS LearningMedia - PBS has curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more.
Free

Project Gutenberg is an online library of free electronic books, or eBooks. Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize, archive, and distribute literary works. They do not publish any books that still have copyright protection. This generally means that their texts are taken from books published 95+ years ago. This means that you won’t find the latest bestsellers or modern computer books here. You will find the classic books from the start of the 20th century and previous centuries, from authors like Shakespeare, Poe, Dante, as well as well-loved favorites like the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Tarzan and Mars books of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Alice’s adventures in Wonderland as told by Lewis Carroll, and thousands of others.
Free

ReadWorks - Free library of content, curriculum, and tools. ReadWorks offers richly illustrated eBooks for over 100 of our high-quality passages? And, with the ReadWorks eBooks' read-aloud function, we support readers at all levels!
Free

Story Shares is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to inspiring reading practice and improving literacy skills. Our library is full of Relevant Reads—books that are both compelling and approachable for struggling teen and young adult readers. The Story Shares digital writing tool enables writers, educators, and students to create and publish Relevant Reads. These books cover a range of age, interest, and reading levels, and are also enhanced with features to make reading more accessible and fun. By leveraging the combined powers of great books and interactive web design, our literacy hub brings together a community to engage and support readers who struggle.
Free

Storytime Online - The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.
Free

Tar Heel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens, Orbit 20 Braille display, the IntelliKeys with custom overlays, and 1 to 3 switches.
Free

Teen Book Club - TeenBookCloud is a curated database of e-books and other digital content for Middle Schools and High Schools, as well as Public Libraries. The growing collection features over 1000 titles, including student-favorite Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos.
Ask your school librarian if your school has a membership

TumbleBookLibrary - TumblePremium collection has over 1100 titles and is perfect for public libraries and elementary schools, with content most appropriate for those in grades K-6. It includes animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, graphic novels, playlists, and books in French and Spanish.
Ask your school librarian if your school has a membership

Unite For Literacy is an online library that provides free access to more than 400 original picture books, one-fourth of them written in Spanish. The digital books provide audio narrations in more than 40 languages, spoken by native speakers in warm, expressive voices. The languages of narration include indigenous and endangered languages along with languages most widely spoken in the US. 
Free

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