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ABLE Tech Instrumental in Bookshare Contract Renewal
Benetech and Brian
Brian's dyslexia prevented him from reading school books. Today, he's on the dean's list at Cornell University. Bookshare and assistive technology helped make that possible.
Benetech recently received a five-year award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to expand and improve access to books for students who read differently due to blindness, low vision, a physical disability, or dyslexia. ABLE Tech assisted Benetech with support letters, and by helping to arrange a meeting with Congressman Tom Cole, where ABLE Tech's Director, Linda Jaco, explained how Oklahoma students have benefitted from the use of Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) provided by Bookshare.
Thanks to this contract renewal, Bookshare's library of accessible digital books, along with training and support, will remain free for all U.S. school districts, schools, educators, and their qualified students. Bookshare currently has about a half million existing student members, and Benetech says it will use the award funding to reach an additional 200,000 students.
In tandem with Bookshare, Benetech's Born Accessible and Global Certified Accessible initiatives engage publishers and the education community to prioritize the creation and procurement of accessible content. Benetech plans to work directly with publishers to ensure accessibility features are included in production and are present in over 50 percent of educational books by 2022.
For students at OSU who could benefit from accessible digital books, contact ABLE Tech for a demonstration: firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about and to join the Benetech community, visit: