Updated March 22, 2019  |  The purpose of this paper from the Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Center is to define and clarify the practice of audio-supported reading (ASR) as a powerful means of accessing and making productive use of text. ASR is introduced as a technology-based approach for augmenting and enhancing access to and use of text—either Braille or print. Using a question/answer format, the paper addresses the theoretical underpinnings of ASR as an approach for improving the reading proficiency of students who are blind or visually impaired.