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Wyoming AEM Clearinghouse/Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Dept 4298, 1000 E University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5770

Toll Free: 1-888-989-9463

Fax: (307) 766-276

Email: NIMAS@uwyo.edu

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AEM success story: Sam Myers

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Sam Myers, senior psychology student at the University of Wyoming was looking for assistive technology software that would read his textbooks aloud. Because of a visual impairment in one of his eyes, Sam could not read for long periods of time without straining his vision, and large amounts of reading became very tedious and time consuming. Also, as an audio-learner, Sam thought audio textbooks could possibly assist with his college reading and help improve his performance as a student.

Sam already had an iPad and tried to use the built in voice over features. However, voiceover was not compatible with the e-textbooks for his courses. That’s when Sam turned to Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) for some troubleshooting and assistance through the Wyoming Clearinghouse for Accessible Educational Materials and Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR).

By working with WIND staff, Sam learned of a resource called Bookshare. Bookshare is a website that provides audiobooks to those with qualifying disabilities for free. With the assistance of WIND and verification from his doctor, Sam was able to gain free access to all his textbooks for the semester.

“I have a lot more time now that I am reading my books through audio. It is much less strain on my eyes, and I am even able to study while I am doing my physical therapy exercises. Learning about Bookshare is going to be a great tool for graduate school,” said Sam. “Assistive technology solutions are not transparent to everyone, so it is good to have a program like WIND and people who are so willing to help out.”

Photo: Sam Myers uses Bookshare to access audio textbooks for his college courses.


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Wyoming AEM Clearinghouse/Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Dept 4298, 1000 E University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5770

Toll Free: 1-888-989-9463

Fax: (307) 766-276

Email: NIMAS@uwyo.edu

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