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Kevin Lo and Jennifer McFarlane Join Benetech Board of Directors

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Press Releases on October 13, 2016 at 9:00am

Benetech, the leading nonprofit empowering communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, today announced the appointment of Kevin Lo and Jennifer McFarlane to its Board of Directors. Lo and McFarlane join amid rapid expansion of Benetech’s Global Literacy and Human Rights Programs in addition to increased investments in Benetech Labs to identify and scale the next big social impact technology.

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Benetech Appoints Keith Hiatt to Vice President of Human Rights Program

By posted in Benetech, Human Rights Program, Martus, Press Releases on September 29, 2016 at 9:00am

Benetech, the leading nonprofit empowering communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, today announced the appointment of human rights technology and policy pioneer Keith Hiatt to the position of Vice President of Benetech’s Human Rights Program. Hiatt will lead Benetech’s efforts to empower human rights defenders aroundKeith Hiatt Headshot the world by providing technology solutions and capacity building.

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Benetech Delivers 10 Million Accessible Ebooks

By posted in Benetech, Global Literacy, Press Releases on September 20, 2016 at 1:47pm

Benetech’s Bookshare technology makes reading possible for over 425,000 individuals unable to read standard print Empowers students and adults to succeed in school, work and social inclusion PALO ALTO, Calif. — Sept. 20, 2016 — Benetech, the leading nonprofit empowering communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, today announced that over 10 million accessible […]

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George Kerscher Joins Benetech as Senior Advisor for Global Literacy

By posted in Benetech, Global Literacy, Press Releases on August 16, 2016 at 6:00am

Palo Alto, California, August 16, 2016 — Benetech announced today that Dr. George Kerscher has joined the organization as Senior Advisor to the Benetech Global Literacy program. Dr. Kerscher brings a wealth of experience and long-time leadership in the accessible information field. He began his accessibility technology innovation in the 1980s and coined the term […]

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Pennsylvania Libraries Partner with Benetech/Bookshare to Expand Accessible Reading Opportunities for Patrons with Print Disabilities

By posted in Benetech, Bookshare, Global Literacy, Press Releases on July 31, 2016 at 7:50pm

Palo Alto, California, August 1, 2016— In a mission to expand more meaningful and accessible reading experiences for Pennsylvania residents who cannot read standard print, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Free Library of Philadelphia have entered into a partnership agreement with Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit that manages Bookshare, the world’s largest online accessible […]

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Benetech Partners with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services to Bring Bookshare to Patrons with Print Disabilities

By posted in Benetech, Bookshare, Global Literacy, Press Releases on June 28, 2016 at 10:00am

GLASS offers over 425,000 accessible ebooks in its pursuit of total accessibility Palo Alto, California, June 28, 2016—Benetech, provider of Bookshare, is proud to announce a new partnership with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), making over 425,000 accessible ebooks available for free to patrons who cannot read printed books due to blindness, low […]

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Benetech Receives Google Impact Challenge Award to Expand Bookshare’s Global Reach

By posted in Benetech, Bookshare International, Press Releases on April 12, 2016 at 5:00am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – CONTACT US Palo Alto, California, April 12, 2016— Benetech is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Google.org as one of twenty-nine nonprofits to receive funding to increase access to opportunity and independence for hundreds of millions living with disabilities around the world. Launched in May of 2015, the […]

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Bookshare and Assistive Technologies Help Students with Disabilities Gain Authentic Work Experiences and Independent Living Skills

By posted in Press Releases on February 9, 2016 at 4:08pm

Students, ages 17 to 22, with complex language, learning, and cognitive challenges, access Bookshare’s online library to learn food service skills and driver’s education. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – CONTACT US Palo Alto, California, February, 9, 2016 — Bookshare, an online accessible library, free to U.S. students with qualifying print disabilities, is helping students at Riverview School in Massachusetts […]

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Benetech Partners with New York Public Library to Bring Bookshare to Patrons with Print Disabilities

By posted in Press Releases on December 8, 2015 at 3:53pm

Benetech, provider of Bookshare, is proud to announce a new partnership with The New York Public Library (NYPL), making over 375,000 accessible ebooks free to their patrons with print disabilities. Every New Yorker with an eligible print disability will now have free access to Bookshare’s vast online library including bestsellers, literature, non-fiction, picture books, educational texts, career guides, and much more with their New York Public Library card or Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library membership.

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MathML Cloud Converts Mathematical Expressions into Accessible Formats

By posted in Press Releases on May 27, 2015 at 9:00am

Palo Alto, California, May 27, 2015—Benetech announces the beta release of MathML Cloud 1.0, a free, open source, cloud-based tool that automatically generates accurate images and image descriptions of mathematical expressions. This service provides access to math for readers who have visual disabilities or learning differences, thus enabling them properly to study math concepts critical for successful Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

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