Audio-Supported Reading for Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

This research paper defines and describes the use of audio-supported reading (ASR) to access text for students who are visually impaired or blind. ASR is described as a tool for integrating multiple pedagogies and teaching the skill sets most blind or visually impaired students will need to gain literacy. The paper answers several questions related to the theories behind the use of ASR to improve students’ reading skills, and notes the ongoing research pointing to the need for a set sequence when aligning assistive technology with early literacy skills for students who are blind or visually impaired.